Part of the application process for the AIHA’s Future Leaders Institute involved submitting a “Statement of Interest”. A one-page document was really all you got to sell yourself to the judging panel that you were serious about attending the Future Leaders Institute (FLI).
Pinky Bhatt is a fellow FLI graduate, and she was commended for her submission. She was generous enough to share it with me, and when I read it, I started to realize that for some of us, that commitment to learning and leadership has been a process in the making for a very long time. It certainly put my application to shame!
Pinky is an Industrial Hygienist based in India. Although she had a degree in Chemical Engineering, after she married, she was left with no choice but to stay at home. She volunteered her time to a local school, which was over 10km’s away (which in India, is probably as difficult as me travelling 50kms in Sydney!), and began teaching children. From there she volunteered to the development of an effluent treatment plant, and went back to University shortly after the birth of her first child. She received a gold medal from the University for her efforts and ended up working in Industrial Hygiene shortly after. You can start to realize the level of dedication when the University she went to required her to travel over 450 km’s away!
Pinky doesn’t seem like the type of person who is satisfied with only a little bit of knowledge. She went back to University to study science in parallel to completing six intermediate modules from the BOHS at the same time. Serious dedication.
Pinky now has global responsibilities as an Industrial Hygienist across South East Asia and manages a large team as a Project Manager. Pinky credits the leaders that she has been lucky enough to work with for part of her success in her career. But given everything she has achieved in a relatively difficult part of the world, it’s clear to me that this lady has put in the hard yards and demonstrated her commitment to learning.
Congratulations Pinky and great to meet you!
AIHA FLI Class of 2015. Pinky Bhatt pictured in the front row, third from the left.