active CEO Podcast #100 Sandhya Shetty Supermodel To Global Influencer Speakers Institute Karate Craig Johns NRG2Perform active CEO

active CEO Podcast #100 Sandhya Shetty Supermodel To Global Influencer

active CEO Podcast #100 Sandhya Shetty Supermodel To Global Influencer Speakers Institute Karate Craig Johns NRG2Perform active CEO
Sandhya Shetty – Supermodel, Speaker, Actor, Karate Champion

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Sandhya Shetty, about a life from Supermodel To Global Influencer, the importance of winning, thinking from the heart, life being one Q and A, and how India is reacting to Coronavirus.

We also talk about being an international karate champion who teaches girls self-defence, only we ourselves can change ourselves, why this was her first podcast interview and making ordinary situations extraordinary.

Sandhya Shetty – Supermodel To Global Influencer

Sandhya Shetty is versatile leader who is known for her beauty, brain and brawn as a top Indian model, actor, TV presenter, speaker and Commonwealth Karate Champion. She is a powerhouse influencer who is creating a ripple effect with her No Fear self-defence and awareness campaign, and change agent for women empowerment.

Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from SIES College, graduate of Speakers Institute mastering communication for influence, and a 2nd degree black belt in Karate. Her list of accolades includes finalist in Femina Miss India, winner of Ford Super Model, starring in a number of Indian films, glossing magazine covers and hosting the “Go India” Travel show on The Discovery Channel and TLC.

Sandhya talks about:

  • Growing up in Mumbai, the city of dreams.
  • The importance of winning and teaching kids the spirit of winning
  • Every person who comes into your life is a learning opportunity.
  • Keep your eyes open when you dream, act on it & grab it by the hand.
  • Why being a world-class model has been a bit of a taboo in India.
  • From Supermodel To Global Influencer
  • Living a life of spontaneity and thinking from my heart first.
  • Tweaking the whole image in the glamour industry.
  • Be the person you want the future generation to be.
  • Why India and the world need more women leaders.
  • Use this beautiful machine called a heart in everything we do.
  • Need to face it, fight it and come together as a nation.
  • Ability to be happy and see good and beautiful things in crisis.
  • The more you struggle the more unhappiness you attract
  • Making ordinary situations extraordinary

Active CEO Performance Tip

Focus On CERTAINTY Not Uncertainty During Major Change – Are you still finding yourself attracted to the uncertainty of 2020? It is important that you take control and focus on controlling the controllable’s. Here are 4 ways to ensure you take control of the certainties in your life: 1.) Write down two lists. One with all the things you can control and the second all those you cant. 2.) Place the list of uncontrollable’s in the bin. 3.) Write down one action you can do for each controllable. 4.) Rank the controllable’s in order of highest impact with the least amount of effort.


“We globally need to create women world leaders who need to be strong, not only when they talk, but when they action.” Sandhya Shetty talks about the future of leaders, on the active CEO Podcast.

“Look into their eyes, there is something that changes because you are exchanging energy.” Sandhya Shetty thriving in human connection, on the active CEO Podcast.

“When you are a speaker, you just don’t speak, but you feel what you speak and you feel beautiful. Sandhya Shetty talks about feeling what you say, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Sandhya Shetty
Sandhya Shetty LinkedIn
Sandhya Shetty Instagram
Sandhya Shetty Youtube
Sandhya Shetty Facebook
Sandhya Shetty Twitter
Craig Johns
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn

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active CEO Podcast Deepthi Bopaiah India's Next olympic Gold GoSports Foundation

active CEO Podcast #69 Deepthi Bopaiah India’s Next Olympic Gold

active CEO Podcast Deepthi Bopaiah India's Next olympic Gold GoSports Foundation
Deepthi Bopaiah – CEO GoSports Foundation

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Deepthi Bopaiah about finding India’s next Olympic Gold Medal, having impact and creating influential change, and transitioning from HSBC to GoSport Foundation. We also dive into the power of India mandating Corporate Social Responsibility, be the change you wish to see, and how to put India consistently on the world sporting map.

This active CEO podcast episode was recorded live at the 2019 Mass Participation World Conference, at the Hilton Hotel, in Singapore.

Deepthi Bopaiah – India’s Next Olympic Gold

Deepthi Bopaiah is a highly determined and visionary young leader from India, who is making waves on the sub-continent with GoSports Foundation, creating an enriched sporting ecosystem, sport for all, and is determined to put India on the sporting map and win Olympic Gold Medals. She is an actor, travel junkie and dog lover, who managed to sweet-talk her way into the Rio Paralympic Games village, and was a fine athlete in her own right, representing Karnataka State in Basketball and Tennis.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Mont Carmel College and a MBA Finance & Marketing Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies. Her career has included Assistant Manager, Assistant Vice President Training & Development and Vice President of HSBC in Bangalore. Since 2012, She started out working at GoSports Foundation as a Communications Director and Marketing Director, and since 2016, is the Executive Director.

Deepthi talks about:

  • Growing up in Bangalore and living in a country of 1.3 Billion people.
  • Having a dream that has impact, where you could influence change.
  • Why Steffi Graf was her role model as a child.
  • The rise of the female athlete in India and sport teaching you life lessons.
  • Taking the initiative to approach Walt Disney India for an internship
  • The biggest lesson learnt while working at HSBC.
  • You can only get people to invest if they see that you are doing it.
  • The catalyst and focus for GoSport Foundation
  • Rahul Dravid mentoring program to help athletes transitioning to elite level.
  • Pullela Gopichand focuses on coaching eco-system model.
  • India’s Next Olympic Gold
  • Breaking the logic of India and women in sport in India.
  • India’s challenges to finding the next Indian Olympic and Paralympic Gold Medalist.
  • Corporate India embracing Sport in their CSR programs.
  • The participation catalyst of four medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
  • Fit India movement and people talking about being more healthy.
  • The value of collaborative leadership.
  • How tennis, pilates and chanting help her bring her A-Game.
  • If you want to get fit do a 10k, if you want to change your life do a marathon.

Active CEO Performance Tip

CEO Companionship – CEO loneliness is a real problem affecting our society. Have you ever felt lonely, isolated and there is no one you can speak to, as a leader? Well, you are not alone! Harvard Business Review reported that 61% of CEO’s feel that loneliness hinders their job performance. The higher you move up the ladder the greater the responsibility, pressure to deliver results, expectation to remain calm and the level of confidentiality, increases. Here are 4 Ways To Overcome CEO Loneliness: Build a Team of Mentors, Create Work-Life Integration, Join a Support Group and Embrace the Inclusivity of Courage and Vulnerability. Take the time to reflect and then recognize how the 4 Ways To Overcome CEO Loneliness can you help you rise up and become a better leader in 2020.  


“You can only get people to invest if they see that you are doing it.” Talking about change and leadership with Deepthi Bopaiah, on the active CEO Podcast.

“When you support a young athlete you support one of them, where f you support a coach you can support a hundred athletes through that one sport.” Deepthi Bopaiah talks about Pullela Gopichand, India National Badminton Coach, approach to coach ecosystems, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Deepthi Bopaiah LinkedIn
Deepthi Bopaiah Twitter
Deepthi Bopaiah Instagram
Go Sports Foundation India
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn

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