finding your own (social + professional) tribe
as a leap.club member, you’re probably familiar with clubhouses — our in-house feature that allows members to form micro-communities around shared interests, passions and professions within the leap.club app. clubhouses have become our favourite part at the leap.club hq, and many members seem to share this opinion ;)
a couple of fellow clubhouse-enthusiasts were kind enough to collaborate with our team on this blog. what follows below is their take on some of the events they attended last month over one weekend (yes, all of the events you’ll read about below happened on one weekend – we’re equally #%&$ :D).
they also share what their favourite clubhouses are 🙃
big thanks to ria sikdar, sonam dave, kritika kulshrestha, pooja prakash, shambhobi bhattacharya and surbhi aroraa for this collaboration!
clubhouse: women in finance
by ria sikdar
this clubhouse was started by sayantani mukherjee, and the last huddle was on mentorship. sayantani is great at facilitating conversations! although it was essentially a free-flowing conversation, she had clearly come prepared with a few great questions on the topic of mentorship. she used these questions to move the conversation forward, and it made for a multidimensional discussion where we got to share our perspectives, learn from each other, and explore the topic of mentorship together.
ria’s favourite clubhouses: let’s get quizzical, women in finance, simplifying personal finance for women, crossroads, and a peek into the industry.
clubhouse: social media marketing
by sonam dave
this clubhouse was started by ria sinha, and we got together on a saturday for our first huddle with the aim of getting to know each other. we discussed everything ranging from our career paths, interests in marketing, social media, to how to craft strategies for different types of clients.
it was fascinating to hear everyone’s career story! none of us set out to become marketers, rather we stumbled upon this trajectory through earlier roles or experiences. and since each of us learnt on the job our experience is richer and we are also open to experimenting.
sonam’s favourite clubhouses: simplifying personal finance for women, creative strategies and brand identities, crossroads, and social media marketing.
clubhouse: product professionals
by kritika kulshrestha
this clubhouse was started by vandana khatuja, and nearly 20 women with varied backgrounds (and their love for product) joined in! the huddle was all about sharing our life stories, our experiences with product management, and our career pivots. it was great to discover all the things we have in common over and above product. we initially planned to have a product teardown, but since the introductions were so fabulous, we decided to have the teardown in an upcoming huddle. another evening of fun conversations with leap.club ladies!
kritika’s favourite clubhouses: wanderlust, and let’s get quizzical!!!
clubhouse: let’s get quizzical!!!
by pooja prakash
this clubhouse was started by pavithra krishnan, and it’s been a hit right from the start. people are always talking about it! so I decided it’s time for me to join in and see what the ‘hullabaloo’ is all about. and now I understand! pavithra is an amazing quizmaster - she meticulously plans the quiz and that cannot be an easy task.
this time, the format was a little different — kind of like an open night with all of us buzzing for the right answers. the questions are not at all easy, but deciphering them is the fun part. by now we know that with pavithra, the devil is always in the details! the session filled everyone with a sudden bout of energy, so much so that those who were slightly under the weather were also full of energy.
pooja’s favourite clubhouses: wanderlust, gin & wine, and binge or cringe.
by kritika kulshrestha
this clubhouse was started by helené van tonder, and the latest huddle was focused on casual sexism at work — a topic suggested by lavanya manickam. more than 25 women joined in for this conversation, and it left me with a mix of emotions. i’m thankful i haven’t had to face that much of sexism in my career so far. however, a part of me realised that we have such a long way to go in terms of bringing about societal change. the women were coming up with solutions, speaking up, and challenging the norms.
clubhouse: the sales club
by surbhi aroraa
this clubhouse was started by gayatri gajupaka, and she brought together folks from different industries for this huddle. i really loved the conversation — specifically the fact that everyone is from different industries and has very rich experience to share. it was great that we could deep dive and learn about sales with respect to our own industry and also from diverse domains.
surbhi’s favourite clubhouses: the sales club, and crypto-club.
clubhouse: all things food
by shambhobi bhattacharya
this clubhouse was started by (chef!) smriti walia. about 10 of us hopped on a call to talk about our go-to comfort food. firstly, did the huddle make everybody hungry and go ahead and order all the food discussed? hell yes! throughout the huddle, we realised ‘comfort’ means a lot of different things to each of us. for some it was their mom’s special dish- ‘ghar ka rajma chawal’ or ‘the dosa made at home’ or the ‘rasam rice’ they would lick off their plates as kids. for others it was their favourite go-to cuisine in their current city- that darjeeling momo stall that is absolutely loved or that bowl of pho at this restaurant that’s so close to their tummy or sushi at their favourite date place in town.
the winners btw — rajma chawal, curd rice and, surprisingly, korean food!
also heard at the huddle - “the only gourmet food you’ll find at my place would be my cat’s.”
shambhobi’s favourite clubhouses: let’s get quizzical, and all the many book clubs —📚 novels about women, design book club, leaper’s book club.
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lots of quality professional and social interactions are happening across 60+ clubhouses at leap.club. you meet like-minded folks, find allies, learn from others’ experiences, and contribute your own knowledge, perspectives and gifts. you’ll also find that clubhouses are safe spaces where women get together to discuss difficult topics and open up about their struggles. last but absolutely not least, you’ll have loads of fun!
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