About the MHC Shakti Program

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MHC Shakti Venue, American School of Bombay

In the 21st century, an ever-growing number of young women are entering the workforce and must be prepared to lead and succeed. This reality propelled Mount Holyoke College to create MHC Shakti. Led by Founding Partners and Mount Holyoke College alumnae, Shoba Narayan '87, Vijaya Pastala '89 and Gayatri Rangachari Shah '94, the first MHC Shakti program was in 2016.

We believe that igniting leadership in ambitious young women will help them unlock their potential and improve their understanding of themselves and of work-life balance. The program will showcase a range of  interactive workshops for teenage girls and feature successful and motivational women speakers who will share their career journeys as well as leadership insights and visions for the role of women in tomorrow’s India. The program will highlight the value of confidence, self awareness, resilience and flexibility. These traits can help women lead in the classroom, society, and future workplaces, while balancing personal and family priorities.

Dates: August 24-25, 2019

Venue: American School of Bombay

Mount Holyoke College is proud to work with American School of Bombay (ASB) as our local partner. ASB's location and tremendous facilities make it an ideal venue for the MHC Shakti program.

Application deadline:

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is filled.

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Program fee (non-refundable): Students admitted to the program through the Early Bird option (see above) receive a reduced price of Rs 15,000 which must be paid by July 25. Early Bird applicants who submit payment after July 25 will be required to submit the regular fee of Rs 20,000, due within five days of admission to the program. Contact the U.S. MHC Shakti office for information about discounts to students from schools sending five or more attendees.

The fee includes all luncheons, snacks, high tea at the Smoke House Deli on August 24 and the closing ceremony. Accommodations, other meals, and personal expenses are not included. Admitted students will pay the program fee to the American School of Bombay (instructions will be in the letter of acceptance).

Financial assistance: Mount Holyoke College is pleased to provide ten need-based awards to cover the MHC Shakti program fee (see Program fee above) to admitted students who are referrred to the program from a partner NGO. Students awarded financial aid will be responsible for travel, accommodations and meals, except for the program luncheons and teas which are included in the financial aid award.

Eligibility: For girls who will be in grades 11 or 12 as of August.

Contact: Please email the MHC Shakti program for more information.

MHC Shakti Founding Partners

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Gayatri Rangachari Shah ’94

Vice President–India, Tina Brown Live Media
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Vijaya Pastala ’89

Founder and CEO, Under the Mango Tree
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Shoba Narayan ’87

Author, "The Cows of Bangalore.”

Contact: Please email our U.S. or Indian office for more information.