Lakshmi Pratury — Indian Businesswoman

Lakshmi Pratury is the co-host of TEDIndia 2009, host and curator of The INK Conference and founder of Ixoraa Media, whose mission is to strengthen the ties between United States and India through sponsored corporate, cultural, and media events. She was featured in the list of the 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes Asia in 2010. She was a leading force at the American India Foundation, an organization that raised over 30 million dollars in five years towards development activities in India. Lakshmi has published articles in San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Chronicle, and Mint. She has interviewed celebrities, contributed to radio shows, including National Public Radio, and acted in some theater productions. She has also spoken at the TED conference in the US, the Digital Life Design in Germany, and at IIM Bangalore... (wikipedia)

When you are allowed to study different disciplines, you redefine your idea of success. You learn to appreciate multiple disciplines simultaneously and you learn that there is no one formula to anything.
Maybe we all need to leave our children with a value legacy, and not a financial one. A value for things with a personal touch - an autographed book, a soul-searching letter.
I'm looking for people who are at the cutting edge of what they do, who think out-of-the-box. Even if their work is something common today, it might have been absolutely new when they started out, so we'd like to hear of their beginnings.
I've seen the power of the community. A young person can stand up, talk about his dream, and someone from the audience will come forth to help him make that dream come true. Great things can happen when you place the right ideas before the right audience!
We've been brought up to pick one thing in life and become really good at just that. But that's never what I wanted to be. I was always interested in many things at the same time, and I wanted to try all of them at the same time, too.