Dr Deepti Mankad receives Glass Ceiling Award 2021
Founder of Mindspeak and a
Professional Development Trainer and Consultant, Dr Deepti Mankad received the
Glass Ceiling Award for 2021 on March 20th for her dedication and
hard-work in the maritime industry. She belongs to a seafarer’s family where she
has been executing maritime training, coaching and assessment for seafarers
over 10 years now.
She has been appointed as the
Regional Head by Sailors’ Society UK for the Wellness at Sea program for
seafarers. She conducts workshops on Mental Health and Psychological First Aid
for Seafarers and provides counselling services for seafarers and their
In an exclusive conversation, Dr Mankad shares her experience on
receiving the award and expectations from fellow entrepreneurs/professionals.
What is the first emotion that comes to your mind with the award in your hand?
I am extremely happy to
receive this award. This award has been judged by esteemed women and is for
women achievers from all fields. I feel it is a great achievement for me, to be
selected from over 800+ entries. I am all the more content that this award has
been bestowed upon me for my work in the maritime industry. I feel putting in
more than a decade in this industry and today getting recognized as a change
agent for seafarers is an overwhelming feeling.
Please enlighten us
on the Glass Ceiling Award…
The Glass Ceiling Awards is a prestigious honour that recognizes
extraordinary women who have made a significant impact in their Business,
Profession or Community. These awards are organised by Women’s League
Foundation wherein they include women achievers from the field of art and
culture, corporate change agent, education, entrepreneur, environment and
sustainability, health, human rights and inclusion, regional community, science
& technology, young leader, media, real estate, infrastructure, sports,
public services, professionals and women supporting online communities.
Every year entries are invited and the jury members study and select the
nominees under different category.
What message you
would give to women entrepreneurs/professionals?
feel it is not about gender. It is about our intellect which takes us further.
It is also about having the fire within you which will take you towards your
dreams. As Eleanor Roosevelt rightly said, “The future belongs to those who
believe in the beauty of all their dreams.”
I started in the Marine Industry which is said to be a male dominated sector, I
had to work hard to make my niche and get acknowledged for my work. But one
thing which I learnt in the past 10 years is that my gender does not define my
ability and competence. I am proud to be a woman and feel blessed to be who I
to all the Women Entrepreneurs and professionals my only message is that we can
achieve whatever we wish to, the road will not be easy but it is surely
The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the
crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has
ever been before.