A true definition of woman of substance, Capt. Shalini Singh is a story of grit and strength. Married in her teens and widowed at the tender age of 23, Shalini has battled many odds and constantly reinvented herself to emerge as a role model for women everywhere. Her sessions are an inspiring reminder of how adversities can be opportunities in disguise.
After losing her husband Maj Avinash Singh Bhadauria, Kirti Chakra (Posthumous) to war wounds, Shalini decided to join the army. Despite her lack of experience or prior exposure to such a physically gruelling environment, she made it through and is today a proud veteran of the Indian Army. After six years of service, Shalini retired to spend more time with her son. But her journey continued in new roles – first as a mother, then a corporate executive and further.
In 2017, she was crowned Mrs. India Queen of Substance. She is also the first Indian to represent the country in a beauty pageant (Ms Earth in USA) in the single parent category. And the recipient of many coveted awards, including the Veer Nari Samman by Govt of India, EPIC Award 2018, citations of honours by Lions Clubs and All India Achievers award.
After a near-fatal accident which left her bed ridden for almost a year, Shalini bounced back and began running, despite her doctors advising otherwise. Many such stories of survival and determination shine through in Shalini’s talks. Today, she is working in various capacities to help people with physical and emotional wounds – from slum children and war widows to cancer support, animal welfare and people with disabilities.
Other than being a soft skills and pageant trainer, she is a regular and sought-after speaker at various platforms in schools and companies like GD Goenka, Yum Foods, Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), Lions Club, Revlon India, Mukta Foundation Chennai and many more.
She was the face of the Indian Army in the campaign, “Do you have it in you”. And has also been associated with various other campaigns, such as Mrs Rajasthan, Mom and Me, Skin Essentials, JK Cement Ltd, Mother’s Day campaign for Pizza hut, Super Sikh Run and Soldierathon.