Inspired by IRMA (the course, teachers and other IRMANS), Neelima worked in the voluntary sector from 1984 to 2012, after which she moved to the corporate sector - first Coca-Cola and then Vedanta.
What were the gamechangers that gave her a jumpstart ? First was the Ford Foundation grant to IRMA, which enabled people like her to join the voluntary sector, without worrying about her bond or loan. Second was her decision to move to the for-profit space after almost 3 decades in the not-for-profit space. It has ensured ceaseless learning ... Neelima was awared the Laxmipat Singhania IIML Young Leaders Award by the then Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh as well as the Maharana Mewar Award for service. She has also been invited to speak at TED-X.
Neelima believes that her friends, mentors and family have been the key sparks throughout her career.
The simplicity, beauty, wisdom and generosity of the everyday lives of countless villagers and colleagues that she has worked with, inspire her throughout her beautiful journey.
Neelima attributes her success to : a strong values core; listening & learning; a genuine belief that everyone has something to contribute; hard-work & attention to detail; curiosity; love for nature. As a young grad fresh out of IRMA, she took with her an overwhelming desire to connect with communities Neelima would like to give back to IRMA In whatever way IRMA thinks would be best.