est Graduate Continues to Make a Difference

Poonam Ahluwalia was named the 2013 INDIA New England Woman of the Year in June at the 11th annual Woman of the Year Banquet & Awards Ceremony at the Marriott Newton in Newton, Mass. She was selected from 20 finalists, all of whom were honored at the event, which was attended by approximately 400 people.Ahluwalia is president and founder of Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (YES). She led the Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainability campaign for over a decade and orchestrated an impact all over the globe. Following YES, she started YouthTrade, an organization supporting young entrepreneurs and helping them get access to premium markets. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Youth Unemployment…She took Erhard Seminars Training in Bombay. Werner Erhard had come to Bombay to launch The Hunger Project. “The vision he laid out before us was compelling and forever embedded in my heart and mind. I realized that ordinary people like me could visualize creating extraordinary possibilities and that the only thing limiting us was how big we were willing to think and how powerfully we could get behind ourselves,” Ahluwalia said. “I realized the magic lay not in simply working hard (which is a must) but in enrolling others into our possibility – so that it had a chance to come alive and be fulfilled. By ourselves we are nothing – together we can weave a tapestry of beauty and accomplishment. I worked very hard to raise funds and help brainstorm programs at The Hunger Project.

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