A veteran in child development, Mrs. Laxmi Kapoor is a dynamic leader and visionary. Pioneering progressive child care structure, she has been till date ably spearheading the entire operations of Orange Ivy Education Ventures Pvt. Ltd. She has obtained her B.Sc., B.Ed., and MBA before passionately venturing into her career dedicated to the cause of education. She is an exemplar of virtue, a working model and her unflinching sincerity towards her mission sets her apart from the counterparts.
With an innate passion to mentor and facilitate differential and advanced learning, she has over three decades of successful teaching career behind her. Moreover, she has been associated with various prestigious educational institutions across the country. Throughout her reformist teaching experience she has been committed to bringing out the ‘Best’ in each Child and with radical approaches, she has made a mark in Early Education. She has been instrumental in developing innovative and forward- looking teaching methods that aim to arouse children’s curiosity, spark their imagination and mould their supple minds to self-discovery, with a concurrent focus on instilling strong moral values and ethics in their formative years.
She strongly believes in Experimental Learning and allowing children the freedom to develop at their own unique pace by nurturing and stimulating the young minds. Being an avid Sportswoman, who has played Table Tennis and participated in swimming at the state level, she lays equal emphasis on incorporating physical activities in her schools to ensure an all round and multifaceted development of the children under her tender care.
One of the most versatile and innovative authors whose name figures with the greats like Thomas Friedman and Dale Carnegie, Virender Kapoor is a thinker, inspirational guru and amongst icons who is read and heard internationally. He has emerged as a leading authority on Emotional Intelligence, his books and ideas on the subject have been acknowledged across the world, inspiring millions. His works have been translated in several regional and foreign languages, thus not only reaching out to the world but also enabling access to his ideas for the entire Indian subcontinent.
His most recent pathbreaking contribution to the field of education “I can and I will” is a series of books on Emotional Intelligence and value education for schools children published by Macmillan. This is first its kind in the country and may be one of the very few in the world.
Two of his books, “Heart Over Matter-your mantra for success” and “Your Passion Quotient” are being used in top Business schools including IIMs for teaching Emotional Intelligence and ethics.
An alumnus of IIT Bombay, he holds a master in computer science and also has a MA in International Relations and strategic studies from University of Pune.
He was Director of a prestigious management institute under the symbiosis umbrella for nearly a decade before he started his own management institute at Pune.
He has authored fifteen books till date many of them have been translated in several regional languages. Virender Kapoor would be the driving force at Orange Ivy for developing and introducing Emotional Intelligence and Multiple Intelligence concepts in the curriculum. His favourite punch line is “Greatly simple ideas are simply great” is very apt in every situation. Prof Virender Kapoor, one of the co founders of Orange Ivy is a leading authority on EI. He has himself developed the EI content for Orange Ivy schools.
A PhD in Human Resources from Symbiosis International University and a masters degree in Personnel Management from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management. Dr.Kapoor is also a certified Graphologist from the Institute of Graphology; Pune has held Senior Management positions in large organizations. He set up the resourcing centre for Standard Chartered Bank. He has also served as Asst. VP, CFCI (now Bank of America) heading staffing for the country and DGM, ICICI One Source heading recruitment for the Philippines and 6 cities in India.
Samir was also conferred with the ‘Innovative HR Professional of the Year’ award at the Deccan Herald Avenues Awards for HR excellence where he was the youngest person to win an individual award. He is a sought after speaker and is also a visiting faculty at TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) and Symbiosis. He enjoys penning articles in his free time and writes for respected national dailies.