The complete Nation watched with pride and bated breath as a young
Airforce Officer, Wing Commander Pooja Thakur stormed a hitherto fore male
bastion – command of a Tri Service Guard of Honour. Pooja went down in
history as the first Indian Woman to lead a Tri-Service Guard of Honor
during the visit of the U.S President, Barack Obama. Pooja since then, became a
symbol of empowerment in our society and an inspiration to the youth
especially girls. Pooja was born in Ajmer and because of her defense
family background, grew up in different states & cities
across the length and breadth of India. She therefore never stayed at a
school or college for more than 2-3 years, a facet which has woven
remarkable strands of flexibility & adaptability into the fabric of her
Pooja joined the Indian Air Force in the year 2000, and after
rigorous training of one year, on par with her male counterparts, got
commissioned as an Administrative Officer. Pooja has worked in varied fields of
work in IAF since then like, Project Management, Personnel Management,
Procurement, Media Management, Digitalization, Creative Content, Film
Productions, ATL/ BTL activities and event management to name a few. To
keep herself contemporary, Pooja pursued and completed post-graduation in
English Honors, Business Administration Certification from Symbiosis and
Business Management from MDI Gurgaon, while serving in the IAF.
Pooja is a persuasive communicator
with ingrained leadership traits who loves to seize the
moment proactively. Being a naturalleader, excitement of bringing
about change is what motivates her the most. Pooja has
been instrumental in an empowering shift of image projection of the
IAF and presenting IAF as a new age workforce with traditional value system.
She has been very proactive about bringing innovative ideas as Mobile
Apps, Road Adventure Drives, and Mobile Exhibitions as means to connect to the
As positive fallout of frequent re-locating during her growing up
years, Pooja has inherited a lifetime passion for travel and quest for
adventure. A passionate tourer, she believes that traveling gives not only
awesome experiences but stories for life, associations to cherish and the
ability to look at things more inclusively. She has been a member of
the Air Force Women Skydiving Team and a certified Deep sea diver, a Bunjee
jumper, rafter, skier, paraglider. An active speaker since Student days,
and a sought after corporate speaker since the past five years, Pooja
threads these hyperlocal experiences in her talks. Pooja is known for
making audiences comfortable and involved, and has the knack to engage
people of any age and background – an exceptional quality for a public
speaker. She uses her personal and professional experiences in her talks to
inspire, motivate and guide the audience.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.