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About Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, and published author. She is the founder of Intent.com, a website focused on personal, social and global wellness. Her intent is to harness the power of social media to connect people from around the world to improve their own lives, their communities and the planet. Her books, "100 Promises To My Baby" and "100 Questions From My Child" have been translated and sold in dozens of countries worldwide. Her varied background includes launching the Heal The World Foundation in the 1990’s with Michael Jackson, being part of the initial team to re-launch MTV in India, and serving as a Health Ambassador for the Pepsi Refresh Everything Project in the US – an initiative that gave millions of dollars to individuals, non-profits and companies to for projects in their communities. Mallika is also the founder of The Chopra Well, a premiere YouTube channel, she launched with her brother, Gotham Chopra, and father, Deepak Chopra. Mallika enjoys speaking to audiences around the world, and has shared her passion about Intent at TedXBerkeley, Ideacity, Business Innovation Factory, the Green Festivals, LOHAS, The California Women’s Conference, The Prevention R3 Conference, and many more. Mallika has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, and MBA from Kellogg Business School. Mallika’s new book, "Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy" will be released in April 2015.

Mallika Chopra: How can we help individuals faced with financial insecurity in these uncertain times?

A report that a man in Southern California shot his 3 kids, wife, mother in law and himself today was a shock. Apparently, he was financially distraught and had been jobless for months, and had written about his choices in facing this challenge. His psychosis resulted in killing his entire family as perhaps the most honorable escape. Personally, this story shook me given that I could relate culturally to the man – Karthik Rajaram – and his Indian family: married with 3 children, one son a Fulbright Scholar at UCLA. He had an MBA and had worked for well known firms.

This report follows last weeks about a 90 year old woman who shot herself when threatened to be thrown out of her foreclosed home. It comes at the end of a day where world markets continued to tumble, and the Dow Jones closed at below 10,000.

The reality, I fear, is that we are at the beginning of a financial correction which is going to affect the livelihoods and lives of people around the world. It is a time of real challenges, real adjustments, real fear.

I said a few weeks ago that: My Intent is to understand the ramifications of the macro economic realities, and support those who are facing difficulties in these uncertain times. As I read the headlines throughout the day, and hear more and more stories – some personal and some in the news – I really do feel that we, as communities and as individuals, need to support each other in whatever way we can.

I ask you, how can we help individuals faced with financial insecurity in these uncertain times?

Mallika Chopra: Managing the Stress of Financial Uncertainty

When I was in Business School at Kellogg, investment banking and getting a job at a company like Lehman Brothers or Merrill Lynch meant that you had succeeded. The thought that Lehman Brothers has gone bankrupt is mindboggling.

Today, I flew from LA to NYC and watched five hours of dire news on the state of the economy. Endless soundbytes of McCain saying the “fundamentals of the economy are strong” were contrasted with Obama proclaiming that McCain doesn’t get it. The reality is that this is a complex situation, and my very limited understanding of economics makes me feel incompetent in understanding many of the nuances of what could have, should have, and should be done.

What I do know is this.

When the market crashed in 1999, I had a good company that did not survive. Today, I believe I have another good company — Intent — and I am raising money in a difficult climate. (That said, this time around I will make sure we survive!)

While my husband’s income is stable, others in my family are being faced today with trying times in their work. As the founder of Intent, I may not have an income today, but I am responsible for a team that relies on me, which personally only makes me more committed to succeeding.

I think my money is safe, but I ask myself — should I just spread it around hoping for the best? Should I invest abroad?

There are difficult times ahead for us as a nation, and I for one want to be prepared. I want my family in a stable situation, so I will be minding our financial commitments for some time. I want my employees to have stability, so I will focus on milestones that position us for success in the short term, as well as the long term.

But this will not just be about the U.S., millions of people around the world are now affected by a global economy. We must lead by example in finding a new balance.

In challenging times, great companies are built. If we believe in what we are doing and we can manifest our intentions, we can and will succeed.

But then, I ask you, what can we as individuals and as a society do to help one another in this time of stress? What is your intention? How do we support each other, and create optimism and prosperity for the the years to come?

Mallika Chopra: Is Palin Supposed to Attract the Women Vote?

In choosing 1st term Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his VP pick,McCain and his advisors have demonstrated how thick headed they arewhen it comes to women. Do they honestly believe women are so stupid tovote purely for a woman? I supported Hillary because she was a smart,experienced woman who supported and has spent her life fighting for theissues I believe in, and I felt confident she would be a great AmericanPresident.

Apparently, Republicans were desperate to choose a woman, notactually caring about experience or judgment, but solely focused onchanging the dialogue and showing how bold they can be. Also, she isstaunchly pro-life – an effort to attract the Republican conservativebase. Is that going to attract the women voters who believe in theirown right to choose?

The Obama/Biden ticket represents change, but also wise judgment,experience, hope and a new direction at its core. It is a choice thatis the right one for America, not made just for a news headline.

Mallika Chopra: Michelle Obama – A Role Model for My Daughters

Every night before we go to bed, my daughters and I talk about our
worst and best parts of the day. Today, we all agreed that the best
part was watching Michelle Obama’s warm and passionate speech, and then
seeing her girls come onto the stage. As a mom, I felt we were
experiencing a piece of history together…

The fact that today a smart, articulate, beautiful and accomplished
black woman from the South side of Chicago stood before seasoned
politicians, an audience of men and women, of whites, blacks, Latinos
(and did you see the Indian sardar on CNN!), and addressed the world on
national television, to celebrate the accomplishments of American
society through her own story, is something to be proud about.

When she spoke about being at the crossroads of a woman’s right to
vote and the anniversary of Martin Luther Kings “I Have a Dream”
speech, Michelle Obama recognized the accomplishments of the so many
leaders that came before her. Most importantly, she set a tone of
dignity and a reminder of what we are capable of as a humanity.

“And as I tuck that little girl and her little sister
into bed at night, I think about how one day, they’ll have families of
their own. And one day, they – and your sons and daughters – will tell
their own children about what we did together in this election. They’ll
tell them how this time, we listened to our hopes, instead of our
fears. How this time, we decided to stop doubting and to start
dreaming. How this time, in this great country – where a girl from the
South Side of Chicago can go to college and law school, and the son of
a single mother from Hawaii can go all the way to the White House – we
committed ourselves to building the world as it should be.”

As a mom, I was grateful that my daughters heard the words of
gratitude, hope, and pride from Michelle Obama. As I tucked my
daughters in tonight, Michelle Obama’s powerful, personal words indeed
echoed in our home…

 

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