Shefali Razdan Duggal
'Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Attempt, from the deepest recesses of your heart and soul, to be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile' ~ MOTHER TERESA

Speech given at Women in Leadership Symposium, California Diversity Council 3/19/14

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | April 1st, 2014

Hello, everyone! My name is Shefali Razdan Duggal. I live in San Francisco California and I would love to talk with you about “Cross-Cultural Leadership: Women Bridging the Racial Divide.” While I feel very fortunate to have been born within the historic and beautiful Indian culture, I do not self-define that to be the most important aspect of my identity. Although BEING AN INDIAN WOMAN certainly is part of who I am, it is one thread in the larger fiber … Read More

White House State Dinner – February 11th, 2014

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | March 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to share my experience about the White House State Dinner, with French President Francois Holland, which I was invited to attend on February 11th, 2014. I was absolutely stunned and over the moon to receive the invitation to attend. I had always dreamt of attending a Presidential State Dinner, and I began, several years ago, sending positive vibrations into the Universe, asking for this dream to become a … Read More

Emotional Serenity at Miami University

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | February 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to talk about the beautiful, life changing experience which I had at my alma mater, Miami University (Oxford OH). I attended college from 1989-1993. As I was finishing high school, my parents were wrapping up a quite unfortunate and antagonistic divorce, after many years (as far back as I can remember) of a very unhappy marriage. I was profoundly sad, exceptionally introverted and somewhat overweight (emotional eater) throughout … Read More

Spiritual Duty

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | January 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you well. I would like to talk about the concept of duty. Personal/subjective duty to previous generations, current generations, future generations…and, thus, ultimately, to oneself. Whilst not everyone is a believer in this way of approaching life, and I do respect diverse opinions and viewpoints, I do very much subscribe to the line of thought surrounding duty. It likely is a combined reflection of my conservative, old-world Indian upbringing and also my mother’s personal … Read More

Aesthetic Faithfulness

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | December 1st, 2013

Hello! I hope this note finds you well. I would love to talk about the concept of make-up and my aversion to it. Yes, I said make-up…as in cosmetics. It is a bit of an odd topic on the onset, although, once you read along, you will see the spiritual connection which I will attempt to make. On the front end, please let me clarify – – I have no opinion of what others do with their personal presentation – … Read More

Expectations

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | November 1st, 2013

Hello! I hope this note finds you well. I would love to talk about the concept of “expectations” within friendship. Expectations within professional atmospheres would likely be an absolute necessity, in terms of moving goals and projects forward and productively. Conversely, I genuinely feel that expectations within friendship is a very questionable and dangerous practice. I say this because I feel that when one knows the intent of another towards their heart, then we should not “expect” them to behave … Read More

Shock and Empathy

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | October 1st, 2013

Hello! I hope this note finds you well. I would like to talk about two very similar and shocking experiences that I had in my earlier days. I don’t often think of them, although I am aware that each created varying emotions within my heart, which ultimately resulted in a broader and kinder perception of life. These experiences were that I was physically assaulted twice by strangers, once when I was 24 and once when I was 30. Both were … Read More

Intellectual Underestimation

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | September 1st, 2013

Hello! I hope this note finds you well. I would love to talk about the concept of underestimation. Specifically, when individuals believe that they can quickly (and, often incorrectly) assume the brightness/capability of another, especially if the person does not fit their subjective perception of intellect. Clearly, since I am writing about this, it has happened to me on occasion. Let’s go back a bit in time, and that will explain much of why I behave the way that I … Read More

FLUID DYNAMICS

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | August 1st, 2013

Hello! I hope this note finds you well. I would love to discuss the concept of shifting dynamics within friendship. Often, this is a necessary part of long-term friendships, as we go through different moments of life experience which elevates our personalities, our spiritual development and overall progression in life (within all capacities). And, secure friendships do experience these moments with an evolution within each individual relationship. Occasionally there might be a few bumps within the advanced transition of the … Read More

Washington D.C. trip with the Greatest Mother Ever

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | July 1st, 2013

Hello! I hope this note finds you well. I would love to tell you about my trip in December 2012 to Washington D.C. with my mother. I had been invited to attend a few events in Washington right after the Presidential Election. And, to my surprise, I was allowed to bring one guest. From the moment that I started this entire journey within politics, I have wanted my mother to participate in as many activities with me as possible. And, … Read More

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