Since her early days, Nandita Abraham has been an avid explorer as well as a learner. From changing six educational institutions, spanning six cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ooty and Bangalore, as a child and flourishing on the improbability to altering the way Pearl Academy interrelates with its pupils, listeners and peers via a series of considered risks, the chief executive officer of one of the well-known fashion and design education colleges in the country has delighted every curveball life threw at her.
“One thing I learned was not to fear the unknown. I used to cry copiously when I left a school, but being able to bounce back each time made me realise that the world is made up of good people and everything falls into place!” she said.
She completed her master degree programme in Product Development in Philadelphia.
Late, she moved to the national capital for an Apparel Marketing and Management course at NIFT and started her profession creating and afterwards heading a product expansion and design squad in the United States.
Shortly after, she got introduced by the company’s owners to Arvind Mills, where the board sent her to Hong Kong to start a marketing function in the East. Her work involved research, cold calling, presentations, and starting biz deals and setting up operations, all of which she achieved while pregnant.
She finally came back to India and started working with Arvind Mills as Branch Manager, Sales & Marketing, North India.
“Climbing the corporate ladder can be planned, but I would say focus on being the best you can be for your organisation and work towards fulfilling its mission. The magic that will happen is beyond any planning. Be willing to take risks, work extra hours and walk that extra mile in whatever you do,” she said.
She led several projects at Pearl to be capable of clocking this development.
“Today we have more than 40 prestigious global partnerships and have a great track record of working on collaborative national and international projects,” she said.
Another proposal she is hopeful about is the “Fashion Laboratory” at Tihar Jail in the national capital.
“Certification programmes are being held to build self-confidence within inmates. It’s a unique initiative that will help women learn self-sustaining skills and equip them with the means to earn a livelihood in their ‘life-after-prison’,” she stated.