After practicing as a cardiologist in Chicago for 10 years, Dr. Anuja Gupta decided to pursue a full-time career in real estate development. “Very few women go on to become developers,” Gupta said. But she’s hoping to change that through her work in women’s empowerment. Gupta is the co-founder of the Women’s Empowerment Campaign Chicago (WE), a networking & empowerment platform for Indian & Southeast Asian women in Chicagoland, one with over 1700 members.
Gupta currently serves as managing partner of Verandah Retirement Community, a $43 million senior living facility in Schaumburg designed to serve the needs of Indian-American retirees. She attributes her professional accomplishments to grit and tenacity, which have helped her overcome successively bigger obstacles. And she never backs down when things get touch. In fact, her personal motto is to keep challenging herself to be more impactful.
Gupta and her husband Gaurav live with their daughter in Frankfort, Illinois.
The Indian SCENE talked to Gupta to discuss her personal style and inspiration. The interview has been lightly edited for clarity.
The Indian SCENE: What words would you use to best describe your style?
Anuja Gupta: Trendy but elegant
IS: What do you want your style to say about you and who you are?
AG: A business and community leader who also enjoys fashion
IS: What’s your favorite piece from your closet?
AG: My Chanel pearls
IS: What is the one thing you never leave home without?
AG: Asking Krishna for blessing my day
IS: Who is your style icon and why?
AG: Rani Mukherjee, very elegant
IS: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
AG: Be yourself.
IS: Who inspires you and why?
AG: Strong women everywhere – I feel inspired by their unique stories
IS: When you are not working, where can we find you?
AG: In the spa or shopping online!
IS: What is the most valuable thing in our Indian culture that you hope passes on to future generations?
AG: Be proud to be Indian, don’t give in to the pressure of fitting in
IS: What are your favorites—books, vacation spot?
AG: Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. Favorite vacation is always going back to Mumbai