Shivani Rawat

Personal brand values of adaptability and technical prowess equal success

  • Ambala Cantt, India
  • Master of Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship

What made you choose the Sobey School?

When I decided to pursue further studies I was looking for something more than a traditional MBA. My search ended with MTEI. This unique program got me to the Sobey School of Business. It proved be an ideal program for me in every way. The combination of Technology which perfectly complemented my technical background, Entrepreneurship and Innovation components allowed me to explore and challenge my business leanings from my previous experience.

Shivani and partner Yves Ibeme took home a 2016 Durland Innovation Award for their ProTell pitch. What are the three things you accomplished before coming here that you are most proud of?  

  • Business and Technical acumen gained in early years of my profession.
  • For taking green initiative at my previous workplace and wherever possible.
  • Always being ready for challenges and change.

What are the three things you accomplished here you are most proud of?

  • To have worked with esteemed organisations such as Halifax Port Authority and the Government of Nova Scotia.
  • Developed diverse personal and professional connections in Halifax community.
  • Proud SMU student/alumni and Sobey MTEI degree holder :)

Who inspires you?

My Dad: He has been serving the Public Bank Industry in India for more than 30 years now. His dedication and sincerity towards his work has always inspired me. He has always supported and encouraged me to "step out" and follow my dreams.

What is your big audacious dream? How do you plan to make an impact?

I want create my own personal brand. I plan to have a business of my own one day under my own brand name. I plan to strengthen the "Entrepreneurial Ecosystem" in Canada , represent "Women in Technology" on a  larger scale. Also , I want to a strong contributor in internal business relationships agendas , specifically Indo-Canadian business relationships.  By following these chunks of my audacious dream, I would hope to make a positive impact on global business community.

In your own words, what impact has the Sobey School had on you?

Sobey School of business has taught me the power of exploring my horizon in search of numerous possibilities. I have become more mature but at the same time more audacious. Also, I have experienced the power of mentorship, one of my mentors is my professor.

What is your all time favorite book or movie, and why?

I am not much of reader, but Harry Potter by J.K Rowling kept me going throughout the 7 books :) . I started watching the movie series first and then started following the book series. The movie got me hooked because of its genre Fantasy and adventure and also the characters were of the same age as mine when the movie series started, so I could relate to them and later I followed the book.