Thrive Global brought together key leaders and influencers to engage in a revolutionary, thought provoking conversation which draws focus on unleashing human potential and tackling the challenges of a complex world. India Leadership Summit is directed towards busting anxiety, stress and burnout epidemics for individuals and corporations. Each speaker at the summit reinforced the importance of prioritizing one’s own self and promoted well-being of the mind, body and heart.

Pioneer of digital media influencing in India and Entrepreneur – Malini Agarwal aka MissMalini and Entrepreneur, Songwriter and Singer Ananya Birla led a session on “heart” and “connections” that mainly concentrated on today’s youth, social media and communication. As per studies, when people feel socially excluded, it negatively impacts their intelligence, logic and reasoning, and their overall cognitive performance. Consequently it augments their stress and anxiety, the effects of which trickle down their professional and personal lives.

In line with this finding, the two successful women shared their experiences and advised audience on handling workplace stress, using empathy and mindfulness at work, and tapping into the qualities that make networking possible. Agarwal elaborated on how these connections and organic relationships have the ability to help lower stress levels and boost an individual’s performance at work.

They highlighted how mindfulness can help an individual shift focus from the negative occurrences and curb pressure. MissMalini also pointed out the key difference between mindfulness and meditation; while mindfulness is the awareness of everything, meditation is the awareness of nothing, and both states of mind serve a crucial purpose in allowing people to function effectively. In a nutshell, Ananya and Malini identified the importance of feeling and demonstrating gratitude, empathy, kindness, connection and mindfulness for an enhanced social, professional and personal life.

Malini Agarwal has incessantly endeavored to inspire people to be their true self on social media, to be their best version in the digital and real world. She wishes to address and uproot the problems that come with digital dependence for socializing like trolling and online bullying. Thus, being part of the India Leadership Summit served as a means to fortify her efforts in this very direction. In addition, Malini and Ananya also announced their partnership to create positive change through empowering content and community at #ThriveILS.

Some other noteworthy speakers at the event were Ajay Piramal- Chairman of Piramal Group, Vivek Gambhir – Managing Director of Godrej Consumer Products, Harsh Mariwala – Founder & Chairman of Marico, Milind Deora – Mumbai Congress President and Actress Shilpa Shetty.