AVASHNA RAMNARAIN

Mindful Masterminds (PTY) Ltd

What does your company do?

Mindful Masterminds specializes in innovative learning experiences to nurture resilience, confidence, and leadership skills in children. By integrating digital self care, science, technology, and emotional well-being activities into educational event programs, they create a supportive environment for children to express themselves, understand their emotions, and develop critical life skills. What sets us apart is the holistic approach to child development. Specializing in innovative educational experiences, the organization prioritizes mental and emotional fortitude, digital self care, science, technology, and emotional well-being activities, and further extends to empowering women and girls through STEM education. Additionally, the universal pledge is committed to gender equality, employment equity, and sustainable practices and is evident in their supply chain where they actively engage women from disadvantaged communities to hand craft their instore merchandise, of soft animal toys using recycled ethnic fabric fostering empathy and social responsibility. Avashna's commitment to mental wellness and personal development has created a ripple effect, fostering a community of forward-thinking individuals who prioritize holistic growth. By promoting resilience and self-awareness from an early age, Mindful Masterminds has positively influenced countless lives, shaping the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow.

What is your biggest success?

To date the biggest achievement is Mindful Masterminds and the impact it has made. Additionally traditional corporate setting did not adequately address my personal and professional aspirations and this journey has provided me with an opportunity to create, lead, and shape a venture in alignment with my values and vision. It has allowed me to explore a path that I am passionate about and gives me a sense of purpose to create positive social impact, and contribute to causes that matter deeply to me, i.e. child development and mental health awareness. One of the most satisfying elements of being an entrepreneur is the profound sense of purpose that arises from pursuing one's passions and bringing a vision to fruition. As a female entrepreneur, the journey this takes on a unique dimension, marked by breaking through barriers and shattering glass ceilings. This satisfaction lies not only in achieving personal and professional goals but also in inspiring and paving the way for others. Finding my purpose as a female entrepreneur has been a transformative experience, as it involved aligning my personal values with business endeavours, while attempting to contribute to a broader narrative of empowerment and inclusivity. The joy in realizing that my entrepreneurial journey is not just about financial success, but about making a meaningful impact, has been truly fulfilling for me and has motivated my continued dedication to my purposeful path. With an esteemed background in Africa marketing, Avashna Ramnarain, a marketing leader with over 15 years former corporate experience articulates her intentional transition from corporate leadership to entrepreneurship as a deliberate quest to pursue a childhood vision, grounded in a foundation of psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy. This strategic shift was driven by a commitment to impactful and purposeful work after witnessing her own children display remarkable resilience, emotional adaptability, and intellectual brilliance in navigating school challenges. This sparked a mission to establish an educational organization prioritizing mental and emotional fortitude through learning and has been at the forefront nurturing children’s potential through transformative, education initiatives, events, and experiences. Avashna Ramnarain's journey also carries the weight of personal loss as her younger sister fell victim to Brain STEM Tumor, underlining the fragility of life and deepening her commitment to advocating for mental health. However, his commitment extends beyond the classroom. One area where this transformation holds immense potential is in empowering women and children to succeed in an increasingly digital world. Across the globe, digital transformation is reshaping industries, economies, and societies, offering new opportunities for growth and development. Mindful Masterminds specializes in innovative learning experiences to nurture resilience, confidence, and leadership skills in children. By integrating digital self care, science, technology, and emotional well-being activities into educational event programs, they create a supportive environment for children to express themselves, understand their emotions, and develop critical life skills. What sets us apart is the holistic approach to child development. Specializing in innovative educational experiences, the organization prioritizes mental and emotional fortitude, digital self care, science, technology, and emotional well-being activities, and further extends to empowering women and girls through STEM education. Additionally, the universal pledge is committed to gender equality, employment equity, and sustainable practices and is evident in their supply chain where they actively engage women from disadvantaged communities to hand craft their instore merchandise, of soft animal toys using recycled ethnic fabric fostering empathy and social responsibility. Avashna's commitment to mental wellness and personal development has created a ripple effect, fostering a community of forward-thinking individuals who prioritize holistic growth. By promoting resilience and self-awareness from an early age, Mindful Masterminds has positively influenced countless lives, shaping the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow. As a thought leader, Ramnarain contributes to BabyYumYum.co.za, South Africa's leading parenting portal, where she shares insights on early childhood development and resilience. Her role as a panel expert further reinforces Mindful Masterminds' influence in the educational space.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

As a woman embarking on an entrepreneurial journey, and resigning from corporate it has been tough. I have had to cultivate resilience and embrace self-confidence. In an environment that may present additional challenges for women, it is crucial to remain steadfast in the face of adversity. Believe in ones capabilities and vision, even when others may doubt or underestimate you has been so important to me. I have learnt to surround myself with a supportive network, seek mentors who can provide guidance, and never shy away from advocating for one's ideas. Recognizing that setbacks are inherent in any entrepreneurial pursuit is normal, but it's the ability to learn, adapt, and persevere that defines ones success. Ultimately the lack of support initially in navigating the entrepreneurial landscape has encouraged me to lead with tenacity, flexibility, and the unwavering belief that I have the power to shape my own success story.