J. Kelly Hoey

Name: Bijal Shah Title: Founder of Insaan Hoon Twitter: @bijals According to her twitter profile, Bijal is "lover of red velvet cupcakes and high fives". She is also the founder of Insaan Hoon. In Hindi, "Insaan Hoon" means "I am human."  Bijal is committed to lifting up other women and the bold vision for Insaan Hoon is to make it your ecommerce hub for ethical and feel-good shopping  (a portion of profits of every sold item will go towards hosting seminars for young women). High five Bijal. Me: Why are you an entrepreneur? Bijal: Because our non-profit structure is broken. We try to help victims/causes vs. looking for a preventive/reformative solutions to end. We are reactive and as much as that is needed, we need a long sustainable plan for it. We need everyone involved without burdening them. We need to glamorize the industry so we can actually impact it. Me: What problem would you like solved? Bijal: Make giving back easy. With Insaan Hoon, you'll shop quality wear while profits are shared in educating women. We make it easy and light for you to give back while getting something in return. Giving becomes second nature and not so heavy and dark. Me: Advice you’d wished you’d had or had followed? Bijal: Ask. Whether is asking for help, questions, introductions, guidance or anything. Ask. A billion people may say 'no' but you'll find a few amazing people that will help and you'll be able to move forward. Me: What does success look like for you? Bijal:It's ever growing and changing as it should. I think it's about achieving what you set your mind to whether that is growing your hair a certain way or learning a new language. I think people tend to put success on a pedestal and people tend to get intimidated by it. For me, it's about setting your mind to something and going through the process of accomplishing it. Me: Who are your heroes? Bijal: Anuradha Koirala - Not only is she rescuing women but is helping them heal, learn and get back to the real world. And the best part of Anuradha, she doesn't do it to be on the cover of Fortune or Oprah but because it's her passion. Most CEOs/influencers, care too  much about getting the credit and I'm not sure if that's the right drive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anuradha_Koirala Me: What is your best discovery? Bijal: Everyone is looking for their calling. You aren't alone in your journey, no matter if yours is having a family or being a gymnast or an entrepreneur. If we could understand and respect that, it would change how forgiving and tolerant we are of each other.   Me: What would the title of your biography be? Bijal: It's Bijal  - Bee (like the stinger) - jull (like the hull of a ship but with a J) Me: What is your biggest regret? Bijal: Doubting myself. I think I got a little lost while trying to learn new skills and learning from others' mistakes, somehow their fall-outs became my fears and I kept telling myself, 'I wasn't ready' and most of the reasons or examples had nothing to do with me but were lessons I learned from everyone else's story.  

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