A student-led initiative, TILE Oakridge- Talks on Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship took place on Saturday, 9th September 2017 at Oakridge International School, Newton Campus. TILE is a platform where leaders and Entrepreneurs come and share their inspirational stories with the audience and the interaction happens between the speakers and the audience. The young learners get an opportunity to collaborate with the most distinguished individuals who have exhibited leadership skills in some form or the other.
In line with this, three students of Oakridge from the core committee opened the TILE chapter and interviewed the most eminent speakers who come from a range of fields. Dr. Ekta Ahuja, the resilient director of a specialist Bio-Chemical MNC, a lady who defied all odds to achieve a big-time success; Shobu Yarlagadda, the producer of India’s biggest blockbuster, Baahubali; and Neha Swain, the founder of Rubaroo (an NGO) and the honorary recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth were the speakers at the TILE Oakridge. The audience got a chance to ask questions about their lives and work journey during the session.
While speaking about their life journey, one of the luminaries, Ekta said – Word innovation have been too much glamorized nowadays. In order to start something innovative and different from the world, we sit back and waste a lot of time. Adding to her words, Neha and Shobhu said we need to become more willing to drive the innovation rather than just planning to start. So, if you haven’t started then need to start now. All the speakers appreciated the event organized by the students. They were surprised by the thought-provoking questions asked by the students which even made them rethink the way they are doing right now.
Speaking on the occasion, Arjun Rao, Principal, Oakridge International School, Newton says, “TILE took place in Oakridge Newton for the first time this year. Completely student-run and managed, the event allowed students to interact with leaders in various fields and understand their inspiration, motivation, and desires driving their success and critical learnings from their failure.”