Monica Malhotra, Founder, and CEO, The Gaggler, a regional platform for Empowering Women
Monica Malhotra is the Founder and CEO of The Gaggler. She is an entrepreneur passionate about story-telling and empowering women. She believes change is good. In fact, change is great.
It is an age of empowerment and women are taking on new responsibilities. They are working to build their careers, learn new skills, and take up new responsibilities. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult for women to manage all of these things. Monica Malhotra, Founder, and CEO, The Gaggler, a regional platform for Empowering Women is the best example of how women can manage their career, education, family, and other responsibilities to ensure that they are on the right track to success.
About Monica Malhotra, Founder and CEO, The Gaggler
Monica Malhotra is the Founder and CEO of The Gaggler. She is an entrepreneur passionate about story-telling and empowering women. She believes change is good. In fact, change is great. But access to information and knowledge that can affect positive and lasting change, is still a challenge and even overwhelming for many women.
About The Gaggler
Gaggler is an online wellness platform for women. Our aim is to make wellness knowledge accessible to women. As women living in the Middle East, there are certain challenges that we share, and we take that into account. We do this by sharing expert advice, sharing personal stories, and curating recommendations for our community so that they can make informed personal choices about their well-being.
Starting a business during the Pandemic
We started this platform in 2020, right before the Pandemic. It was certainly an interesting time to start a business. We focussed so much on wellness, particularly mental health. These two years have changed the narrative and made it much more acceptable to acknowledge that mental health is just as important, if not more, than physical and emotional health.
Challenges and learnings
It is impossible to get everything right the first time. There are always going to be things that you rethink, redo, and improve. When I started this platform, I had never thought that I will have to deal with the lockdown.
Work done by The Gaggler
The content is absolutely free because the main goal of the company is to provide access easily. There is a lot of thought put behind it. We work with a diverse network of experts. To create in-person interaction, we also host events on a monthly basis where our community can interact with experts.
‘It is the content of our consciousness that needs to change for our reality to change’
I have worked with big corporates, everything looked perfect, but I was not satisfied. I could not have done that if I had not changed my thoughts. It is all about the mindset, and it came through content for me. Whenever I meet with women who have challenges, I help them with resources that have worked for me. I was able to take on different perspectives and really change the way I think. This is why I always say it is about changing the content in your consciousness because until you don’t do that opportunities won’t become apparent.
‘Reality’ that needs to change
I think what needs to change is that one has to accept and celebrate failure. I spent a lot of my years thinking that failure was bad, and I had to avoid it at all costs. There is very valuable learning that comes out of every failure.
Impact of Culture on Empowerment
The UAE has been my home since I was four years old. I did my entire education here before going to the U.S. for college. The culture that I grew up with didn’t really talk about women’s empowerment. Women did not focus on enriching themselves.
Mothers’ role in empowering Daughters
It is not only the mother’s role to empower, fathers have a very different and important role too. I have two daughters and I have always loved working. My daughters see me managing my work and my family life. My husband is a great support. So my daughters know the balance, and it is very significant to set the example.
Two key milestones
- The shift from the corporate world to becoming an Entrepreneur
- I love working, so having kids was a big milestone because it reset my perspective and made me realize the importance of balance.
Core values Monica believes in
- Building a Community
You can connect with Monica Malhotra- LinkedIn
The Gaggler- LinkedIn
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Monica Malhotra is the founder and CEO of The Gaggler, a regional content platform dedicated to empowering women through carefully curated expert content. A passionate entrepreneur always
looking to make a positive impact, Monica’s passion has led her to start up businesses in education and more recently in online publishing.
Born in London, Monica grew up in Dubai, UAE, and later traveled to the US and UK for work, before returning to Dubai to start her own business, where she lives now with her husband and two children.
In 2009, Monica kickstarted her entrepreneurial journey by bringing the New York-based edutainment franchise, Kidville, and launching its first location in Dubai in 2010. Two years later, she transformed the Kidville edutainment playbook into a comprehensive education-based nursery curriculum and attained certification from the Dubai Ministry of Education.