“Life’s just too short to play small with your talents and potential”

Published : 12:53 pm  May 9, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Marianne David  |  Leave a Comment  |  397 views  |  
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Co-Founder and CEO of zMessenger Jayomi Lokuliyana firmly believes that life’s just too short to play small with your talents and potential and her conviction that she could greater things and make a mark led her to becoming an entrepreneur while raising her children, seeing the opportunity both presented to “fulfil a greater purpose in life”. “I have always believed capacity is a state of mind. In other words, how much we can do depends on how much we think we can do. When you believe you can do more, our mind gets conditioned to look and think creatively on how we can achieve it,” she asserts, in an interview with the Daily FT. Following are excerpts:   Q: Why did you choose... 

“It’s not about being a perfect mum or perfect career woman”

Published : 12:44 pm  May 9, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Marianne David  |  Leave a Comment  |  545 views  |  
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Managing Director of Hemas Transportation Sector and Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Kasturi C. Wilson always wanted to be a career woman. While she stepped back and chose part-time work when she became a mum for the first time, becoming a single mother was big turning point, at which she chose to get into full-time work in order to provide a better life for her two sons. “Women in general have a great ability to multitask and compartmentalise their lives. I was blessed to have great employers right throughout my career who understood that my priority was my kids, but appreciated the value I brought to the table,” asserts Kasturi, in an interview with the Daily... 

“Life is a challenge whether you’re a man or a woman”

Published : 12:37 pm  May 9, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Marianne David  |  Leave a Comment  |  459 views  |  
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HDFC Bank Chairperson Siromi Wickramasinghe says her key inspiration as a career woman is the work-life balance she has achieved over the years. “From a family perspective, my children have grown up to be very responsible and have become professionals in their own fields. The secure life together as a family has given me a sense of fulfilment in my life. From a career perspective, I am proud of my achievements both as a woman and as a professional. To that extent the achievements are many,” she affirms, in an interview with the Daily FT. Pointing out that you must balance your personal life in order to achieve the goals you have set at your work place, Siromi asserts that life is a challenge... 

“I always saw myself as a career woman”

Published : 12:29 pm  May 9, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Marianne David  |  Leave a Comment  |  404 views  |  
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Neela Marikkar always saw herself as a career woman and considering anything else was never an option. “Women sacrifice a lot to be a homemaker. But it’s important to remember that children will eventually leave and go their own way. You should not have to look back and wonder where you could have been had you stayed in the work place and built your career,” she asserts, in an interview with the Daily FT. Neela certainly didn’t settle along the way and as a result of her hard work and commitment, she has many achievements to her credit. The Chairperson and Managing Director of all the Grant Group companies, she is also a Past President of 4A’s, Charter President of the IAA, and a recipient... 

“Learn to balance not only your work, but also your soul”

Published : 12:11 pm  May 9, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Marianne David  |  Leave a Comment  |  437 views  |  
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Society should seriously consider if they need children raised in a safe and healthy environment, says SANASA Development Bank Chairperson Samadanie Kiriwandeniya, pointing out that women need to take care of the household economy, protect their children from all types of ills, and play the role of the citizen. “They raise future citizens and they should be taken care of by society, not because they are recognised as a ‘weak sex,’ but because they perform an indispensable role to sustain communities,” she emphasises, in an interview with the Daily FT. As a working mother, Samadanie, who possesses senior management experience in the field of participatory development, gender issues management,... 

“Have a ‘never say die’ attitude”

Published : 12:07 pm  May 9, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Marianne David  |  Leave a Comment  |  508 views  |  
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Insurance Board of Sri Lanka Chairperson Indrani Sugathadasa Weeratunga entered the work force in 1997 when she joined the Sri Lanka Administrative Service and her career trajectory over the years has been nothing short of impressive. She has held several senior positions, including as the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs and Ministry of Plantation Industries, and was also the Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC). Blessed with “enormous support” from her family and by planning her day meticulously, prioritising the demands of work and the family, she says she was able to avoid most issues faced by working mothers... 

Govt. has not fulfilled ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ promises: Weerawansa

Published : 12:00 am  May 9, 2014  |  Category: Chamitha Kuruppu, Columnists, Opinion  |  4 Comments  |  1 views  |  
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Minister Wimal Weerawansa who dropped a political bombshell last week threatening to pull out from the Rajapaksa regime reveals the country’s economy is about to collapse, the President is powerless, the country has failed to take measures to defeat separatism and racism and there is lack of good governance. Weerawansa, who locked horns with the Finance Secretary, charged that Dr. P.B. Jayasundera has hijacked the country’s economy and is responsible for turning the ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ to ‘Regaining Sri Lanka’. The Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities and Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) issued 12 demands to the President at the second... 

From political autocracy to economic autocracy

Published : 12:00 am  May 9, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Harsha Gunasena  |  1 Comment  |  792 views  |  
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It was reported in the Daily FT that Jonathan Alles, CEO and Managing Director of Hatton National Bank, sounded an alarm on the consequences of proposed consolidation of the financial sector. According to the newspaper, he said: “It is not that I am negative and don’t see this as an opportunity, but I’ll just say that at the end of the day we will mess it up right royally.” On the following day he made a statement emphasising the fact stated in the above statement as well that he and the bank are supportive to the consolidation initiative and have been actively involved in preparatory work. Can Alles, who is a paid employee, go against the main shareholder of his bank, the regulator and... 

University of Peradeniya: A treasure of beauty and wisdom

Published : 12:00 am  May 8, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  3 Comments  |  1,033 views  |  
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Exactly 40 years ago on a day like today (8 May), I was over the moon enjoying the very first day of my entrance to the University of Ceylon Peradeniya. I still remember the day of my arrival with my parents at Peradeniya Sarasavi Uyana Railway Station, a reminiscent construction by colonial rule in Sri Lanka. No words can express the radiance of the blooming May flowers and beauty of birdsong that portrayed a symbol of warm welcome to the new entrants. All the beginners who arrived in numbers were received by the seniors with warm cordiality. It was obligatory for freshmen to be clad in white during the first two or three weeks and opted to use our own choice of dress later. The academic course... 

Rescuing the minds of Sri Lankans!

Published : 12:00 am  May 8, 2014  |  Category: Ajith de Alwis, Columnists  |  Leave a Comment  |  709 views  |  
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    In my last column I wrote about the importance of knocking the ‘t’ off ‘can’t’. The theme needs to be continued. The message needs to be reiterated again and again – of course it is the practice that will demonstrate impact. Late Munidasa Cumarathunga who is a great Sinhala scholar and a linguist through one of his verses penned a remarkable comment which the world today amply bears evidence. He stated quite simply that ‘The Nation which does not create new things will not rise!’ Have we taken heed of such wise statements? Sadly the answer is no. There are no bounds to our appreciation for new and modern things, but it is the interest in creating new things that... 

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