Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) a Ph.D, non-profit transformer, youth empowerer and was also India’s first and highest ranking woman police officer, One of the most inspirational women speakers , speaks on women empowerment and how she uses technology to achieve it at DWEN(Dell Women’s Entepreneur Network).
“The moment I empower a woman, I empower a family.” Kiran shared when asked how she began down her path. “When I see women with time on her hands, I want to add value.”
Renowned for her innovative approach to law enforcement, Kiran is consistently honored as one of India’s most admired women, including holding the title of MSN’s 2011 Most Admired Female Icon.
Since retiring from active duty, Kiran founded two nonprofit organizations, Navjyoti and the India Vision Foundation, which provides education, vocational training and drug addiction treatment to women and children in India’s rural areas, slums and prisons.
Kiran is no stranger to using technology to help with the expansion of influence, leveraging social media, and even internet radio, to spread her message. “The key to relationships and progress is communications.” Kiran shared, “If you want to get the right word out with limited time and limited resources, you must identify and use the right tools.”
Kiran shared her past history with Dell and how technology enabled her to enable many more others. “We knew about Dell’s reputation; that it reached out.” She explained, “The gave me quality support and I multiplied it.”
She certainly did. Kiran was able to transform the outcomes of youth in an underprivileged area by creating a community of youth who are now IT trained and hold jobs.