International Women’s Day is celebrated across the World to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. We love connecting with women entrepreneurs and share all the stories of overcoming obstacles and adversity to get to where they are. ICE Business Times has caught up with Sanjida Farhana Oishe, Founder and CEO, Pine Solutions Limited, who shares her journey of building one of the most reputed software companies in Bangladesh.
Who are the people in your life that helped you become the person you are?
My father and Anik Islam my husband they helped me throughout the journey to achieve my goals. They are my cheerleaders as well.
Through your experience as an entrepreneur, what have you learned about leadership, entrepreneurship and mentoring others?
Entrepreneurship is a tough journey as you have to overcome so many hurdles to reach your destination. I learned how to believe in my idea and make it into reality. To me, leadership means the process by which I have influenced my employees to stay and work for the specific objectives that require my organization to lean on and make an impact in this crazy startup ecosystem. As a mentor, I focus on competence, the goals that can be achieved. A leader must lead by example.
Between overseeing multiple portfolios and personal life, how do you achieve work-life balance?
Work-Life balance is easily achieveable if you have the members of your family supporting you. I consider myself lucky that my family is dedicated to making life easier for me. My parents and husband go above and beyond to make sure I never have to make compromises.
Do you have any message for the aspiring women entrepreneurs of our country?
Women need to believe in themselves. Of course, there are challenges in society we are living, but even as a woman in Bangladesh, we tend to give in the face of an impediment. We have to believe in ourselves and brave through the storms in life to reach our destination.