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SAPP Blog Forum: Q&A with Jyoti Singhvi of GlamourGals

January 2, 2012

Jyoti Singhvi

Today, we are delighted to present the first SAPP interview of 2012!  We have with us Jyoti Singhvi, designer and CEO of the luxury jewelry brand JYOTI and board member of GlamourGals, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires and organizes teens to provide ongoing complimentary beauty makeovers and companionship to elderly women living in senior homes. As seventh-generation in the jewelry industry, Jyoti furthered her individual interest in the field by working at venerable brands like Cartier. Jyoti has an MPA from Harvard University and an MBA from MIT. She is also an advisor for SAWLF, the South Asian Women’s Leadership Forum

What inspired you to become involved with GlamourGals?

The mission of the organization is amazing. It nurtures two very important generations: the elderly and teenagers.  My grandmother passed away two years ago and I miss her so much!  I only wish I could have spent more time with her. We get busy with our everyday lives and frequently tend to forget to take care of the elderly in our lives. If they hadn’t worked hard and laid a strong foundation for us, we would not have the comfortable lives and the opportunities we do today. Through GlamourGals, we have the opportunity to bring joy and happiness to the lives of all these wonderful and inspirational women.  GlamourGals is also a great platform to develop leadership, compassion, confidence and purpose in the lives of younger women.  If I can make even a small difference in one of their lives, I would be very happy and honored.

What has been the most interesting part of being a part of GlamourGals’ advisory board?  And the most challenging?

The most interesting and memorable part is to bring excitement and happiness to the elderly women by doing makeovers and manicures.  It is really rewarding to see them smile as they pick the nail polish colors and show off their makeup and manicures to their friends.  There is so much we can learn from their fabulous stories. It is so important to provide them the care, love and attention that they deserve.  I have also truly enjoyed working with the very inspirational leadership of Glamour Gals: Rachel Doyle, the President & Founder; Susan Schulz, Chairwoman of the Advisory Board; and, Kavita Mehra, the NYC Metro Area Program Director.  It is always painful to see the ones we love age, whether they are our parents or our grandparents.  The most challenging part for me is to see these women who were once so energetic, full of life, healthy and independent struggle with health, energy and aching for love and companionship.

You have a very impressive business profile.  What skills do you think translate to your work on GlamourGals’ advisory board?

Thank you for your kind words.  We don’t need any business or professional skills to make others happy. The most important is compassion and the desire to do something for others.  It has to come from within. Focus and time management are important so that I make sure I have enough time for work, family, philanthropy and sometimes also for myself.

Could you tell us a little more about your work with SAWLF?

South Asian Women’s Leadership Forum (SAWLF) is the first not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of South Asian women and girls (U.S.). I have been a member of SAWLF for several years.  Because of my experience in luxury goods, I have been advising SAWLF in the development of a luxury forum and luxury programming.  There are many South Asian women who are interested in luxury goods and it would be a great way to provide them with exposure to the intricacies of this industry.

Do you think your identity as a South Asian woman plays a role in your nonprofit leadership?  If so, how?

I am very much in touch with my identity as a South Asian woman.  Maybe subconsciously my identity as a South Asian woman plays a role, but consciously it does not, as I do everything as an individual and try to see how I can help with issues are important to me.  I have a special interest in poverty alleviation, child-welfare, and health because of various experiences I have had in life.

What do you think about the future of South Asian philanthropy and volunteering?  

I think the future is bright as the second and third generations of South Asians in North America have greater exposure to various issues around the world. They have the best of both worlds – many of them are financially comfortable and have been raised in a culture of giving and volunteering.

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  1. January 16, 2012 12:18 pm

    Thank you for your kind words. We don’t need any business or professional skills to make others happy. The most important is compassion and the desire to do something for others. It has to come from within. Focus and time management are important so that I make sure I have enough time for work, family, philanthropy and sometimes also for myself.

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