As an immigrant in this country, my introduction to Joya came by the means of watching her host a weekly Indian show on television and when the opportunity came to meet her in 2016 at the Lady Drinks anniversary party, I jumped on it. It was quite the fan girl and Joya was exactly as I imagined her to be – smart, kind, warm, personable, and approachable. Being in that room as a first timer, I could see the collective energy of strong, like-minded, progressive women who were genuinely interested in lifting each other up. The event was expertly organized with the sole intention of facilitating meaningful connections that are conducive to and go beyond just business.
Fast forward to today, I have made friendships and business connections that couldn’t of dreamt of had I not attended that one event. I have access to an exclusive network of lawyers, event organizers, executives, creatives, and even a professional comedian! I am a part of a weekly and monthly accountability group and a gratitude group which keeps me moving forward knowing that I have the support I need in my business.
Not only have I been recommended multiple times in the network and been able to accomplish major projects, I have been a part of the larger conversation of the impact of women in the world today and how we can make a difference. Joya sees the best in people and puts her money where her mouth is. I was honored to work with her on her book cover and I am happy to call her my friend.