Nilima Bhat

Nilima Bhat, Distinguished Professor in Gender and Conscious Leadership, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. Faculty of Excellence with School of Business and School of Humanities & Education.

Nilima Bhat is a facilitator of personal transformation, coaching individuals and organizations in their quest for conscious evolution. She is an international speaker and trainer on organizational culture, conscious business, women in leadership, and self-awareness for work-life balance, as well as Indian wisdom and wellness traditions.

Nilima’s extensive and pioneering body of work is encompassed in her two books, Shakti Leadership – Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business and My Cancer Is Me – The Journey from Illness to Wholeness. Together they outline new and cutting-edge holistic and integrated approaches to DEI&B (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging), Leadership and Resilience.

Previously, Nilima spent 10 years heading Corporate Communications and PR for major corporations such as ITC-Welcomgroup, Philips India, and ESPN STAR Sports.
Nilima graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai in Life Sciences and Biochemistry, followed by a diploma in Social Communications Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai. She later qualified as a yoga teacher from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre and is a teacher-practitioner of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

A trained dancer and choreographer, she has co-founded a professional dance company (Sri Shakti) whose mission is to de-mystify Indian dance and spiritual sciences for international audiences. Having lived and worked for 10 years overseas (Singapore, London, Hong Kong), Nilima returned to India in 2004 with her husband to set up a leadership consulting firm, Roots & Wings and an integrative medicine practice, Sampurnah.

A corporate refugee turned yogini, Nilima is now a global missionary. The key theme of her life and work is the quest for self-mastery and selfless service that can lead to a free and fulfilled world that works for all. She travels the world leveraging her corporate experience and +20 years of consciousness-based health and growth practices to help build enduring institutions and change-agents, especially women, who can lead the planet to sustainable solutions and positive impact. She also writes a column titled Shakti Speaks initiated by a leading Indian media house, aimed at restoring gender relations and based on dialogues within Women’s Circles.

Her integral approach synthesizes best practices and paths from around the world, and is customized to meet audience needs. Her particular expertise is in developing Body Intelligence and Spiritual Intelligence (BQ & SQ).

Nilima has delivered leadership training and facilitation for Microsoft, Whole Foods Market, Tata, Societe Generale Bank, Vodafone, and YPO, as well as academic institutions and developmental organisations such as Indus International School and SKS Microfinance. She is an active supporter of the Conscious Capitalism movement and Women’s International Networking (WIN) and serves on the advisory board of MixR, 20-first and Peace through Commerce.

Now in her 50s and having heroically journeyed many times, through her mother’s cancer, father’s near-fatal car accident and brain injury, husband’s cancer, and her own search for meaning from a sudden sense of failure in a thriving corporate career, Nilima looks back with amazement at her bucket list of world destinations that has very few places left to tick off. An avid traveller, Nilima has recently found great meaning in leading or joining Peace Pilgrimages to the world’s sacred spots, from Kailash and Mansarovar in the Himalayas, to Machu Picchu and Titicaca in the Andes. Comfortable in every culture and socio-economic setting, from cleaning toilets to dining with CEOs and interviewing world leaders, Nilima speaks five languages and truly calls the whole planet home.

Nilima is currently building 1) the Shakti Fellowship, with the University of San Diego, WIN and Skolkovo FLOW, with a mission to create 100,000 women changemakers by 2030. 2) the Truth & Reconciliation movement for healing collective trauma and leading harmonious interdependence at a planetary level. 3) The Shakti Kumbh, the world’s first Kumbh Mela for Women, showcasing ancient spiritual traditions of the Divine Feminine. For which she received the INDICA Cultural-Changemaker Fellowship Award.

In 2022 Nilima was conferred a Honorary PhD by Jharkhand Rai University, India, for her “iconic and outstanding contribution in the field of Women Empowerment”.


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