KATHMANDU, Nov 20: A new book of essays entitled "21 Resilient Women: Stories of courage, growth, and transformation" is being launched this week.
Career coach Daisy Wright has invited 20 women including Sweta Regmi who was brought up in Nepal to stories about their challenges, triumphs, and journeys for the book, according to a press release. The career coach decided to invite 20 women after knowing that ordinary women often lead extraordinary lives.
“We are constantly bombarded with stories about celebrities’ lives, but ordinary women have powerful lessons to teach us. The women in this book found the courage to overcome challenges that range from devastating health diagnoses to bias and discrimination. Others reflect on their experiences of motherhood, menopause, and adapting to life in a new country. I hope readers will see themselves in some of these stories and say: ‘If she overcame that, I can, too!’” Wright has been quoted as saying in the press release.
The 21 co-authors featured in the book reflect the diversity of the GTA. All Canadians, with roots in, Canada, Chile/Venezuela Guyana, India, Jamaica, Nigeria, Nepal, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United Kingdom. They were determined to use this sombre downtime that 2020 brought, to do some deep reflection and contribute to this legacy. They also decided that part proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to a local women’s shelter.
Sweta Regmi’s story is in chapter 16 of the book. Growing up in Nepal, her family taught her that the sky’s the limit when it comes to achieving your career dreams.
“But I was jolted to reality when I realized things were different in Corporate Canada. Your career ambitions can be limited - not based on your skills, but because of the gender and colour of your skin,”. Not one to linger too long at her “pity parties”, Sweta tapped into her entrepreneurial spirit and started a successful career consulting business known as Teachndo where she teaches do’s & don’ts to job seekers.
One of the women in the book was attending university on a basketball scholarship when a car accident left her paralyzed. Although she struggled, the accident didn’t prevent her from completing her studies, and now has a rewarding career as a physician assistant. The other contributors write about experiences that include: immigrating to Canada and having to work two jobs to support their for tuition; and dealing with microaggressions, bullying and harassment in the corporate world.
21 Resilient Women: Stories of courage, growth, and transformation is for sale on Amazon and IngramSpark.