Sukanya Saleem, Founder

Believing in the power of connections, relationships and empowerment for life, it has been Sukanya's dream to bring women from all walks of life together so that one can draw strength and inspiration from each other’s life experiences.

In her 15 + years of work experience, she has met and worked with people from different cities, countries, backgrounds  and came to realize that a lot of women are just too busy wearing too many hats that their only human contact is in the form of limited virtual connections. An opportunity to 'get out' and meet new people was always alluding.

Given that we have a basic need to connect, Womenspire was inspired with a hope to create space for women to meet other women for ideas, guidance, support and even friendship!

It was only natural for Sukanya to share this idea and collaborate with the other executive members of the Womenspire network whom she has personally known for over 15+ years to give this idea life and make it happen.
Sukanya is the founder of the Womenspire network. She currently lives in chennai with her husband and daughter.


Annie Mariya, Co-founder

After gaining a degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Annie found her interest in developing educational content and never looked back. Over the last fourteen years, she has produced content for brands like HP, Microsoft, Reliance, Biocon, USL, Acer, and SATS across an array of digital channels.  She is insightful, collaborative, and passionate for learning new things.

Outside of her work, Annie enjoys being a Chennaiite and ‘Women Empowerment’ is a topic close to her heart. She is a choral singer, and is actively involved in voluntary church activities. On an average weekend, she spends time with her family and bakes delicious brownies that she hopes to start selling some day


Marisa Doyle, Co-founder

Marisa believes, that whether you are a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister or a friend, you have the power within you to make a difference.

She has 3 loves ...  God, Life, and Family. She strives to be the best she can be in everything she does and says that you only have one life and one chance which is sufficient to bring out the best in You. 

A mother and wife herself, she has the highest regard and respect for her family. She always believes that a Woman is the glue that holds a family together. And that with God anything is possible. 

Knowing that what you think of is who you become, Marisa urges women to not let go of their dreams and of their thoughts, for it is in dreaming and believing that much can be achieved.


Sulakshana Viswanathan, Co-founder

A Technical Writer by profession – is also a mother of an 11 year old boy.

She believes in being ‘herself’ in this wild world. She feels it is true that the biggest challenge is "to be yourself in this world that is constantly challenging you to become someone else". She keeps challenging herself in this forward journey of life. She loves to wear her heart on her sleeve and enjoy life to the fullest. Her love for music adds to her pleasant attitude and also helps her to de-stress from hectic schedules.

She is pleased to be a part of this group that would help her meet people from different genres as well as obtain knowledge about a variety of things. “Well, isn’t that what life is all about? and I am glad God gave me an opportunity to be a part of this” – she says. Lets share our knowledge and experiences together to make this place a better world to live in!


Pooja Dhingra, Ambassador

She likes to be a free spirit. More like a person on a lookout for adventures. Travel facinates her. She likes to meet a lot of people and ends up having a lot of friends. Family plays a very important role for her and she is what she is because of them. She is a very dedicated person, be it personal or official work.

She loves her liberty and would do nothing to restrict yours...

She believes in herself, her conscience and God. She believes that Life has to be exciting, full of opportunities...and that there must be a reason to live our life.

"Some people hear voices.. Some see invisible people.. Others have no imagination whatsoever. Lets meet and live up to our imaginations” She says.

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