"I was born with the name Kaur and it was inherently part of my life. My biggest role model was my mom. She has always been a balanced and very motivated woman. I remember when I was 10 or 11 years old, my father was experiencing professional challenges in his business. My mother stood side by side with my father and helped rebuild and expand things, this was especially motivating since during that time women rarely helped run a business. She exemplified that any woman could do anything if she was strong in values and discipline. That was the fundamentals of life in our home. There was no discrimination between boys and girls in my family. My mother taught me that part of Sikhi was to work hard and lead a simple life, without focusing on gender. Simple meant living life truthfully, letting actions speak for themselves, not doing things that have the ability to hurt other people, instead help others and be focused on seva. While doing prayers was important it was never timed or scheduled, it was just added to life on a daily basis. More than having to fulfill a quota, there was a practice of gratefulness and thankfulness every moment, regardless of whether it was a good and bad moment. As a child, I didn’t have goals or dreams. Girls really didn’t have that focus in India at the time. However, my mom had the dream that her children, including me, should be strong enough to do anything and be prepared for life’s challenges that had fundamentals stemming from Sikhi. In turn, these are the same fundamentals I have tried to instill in my sons, by living simply and doing things with good intentions, being positive and helping others as much as possible. When my husband, Harpreet and I, moved to Canada with our sons, our Sikhi values became even more prevalent than they were in India. Being in a new country, provided us opportunity to have new experiences and challenges. Our ability to live simply (truthfully, letting actions speak for themselves, not hurting others, and focusing on gratitude and seva) was even more important. Being a Sikh woman and upholding fundamental values is part and parcel of being a professional. The values formalized in my personal life and as a Sikh woman have laid the foundation in interactions with clients. I use these same values on a daily basis in my professional realm. "