#WomenOfAce: Meet Shashi Behl

Shashi Behl believes we are all in control of our own destiny, so go after what you want and own the life you are given - the good, bad, ugly and the beautiful. As the owner of Calgary jewelry store Joydrop, Shashi is humble, refreshingly honest, and this week's Women of Ace. 

Shashi Bahl Women of Ace

ACE: WHAT ARE YOU UP TO? ( YOUR CURRENT HUSTLE )

Shashi: It seems like there is always something happening in the world of retail and that is the world that I love! I am the CEO of Joydrop and Co-Owner of Fernweh. I am also involved in a couple jewelry wholesale companies, and mentor a restaurant owner. Volunteer wise, I am on various boards in the city and work with the University of Calgary Hunter Hub for business.

ACE: WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU? ( WHERE DID THIS PASSION COME FROM? )

Shashi: I am not sure where it came from. I do remember always thinking that I was in control of my own destiny and the only way I could get what I wanted and how I wanted it, would be by owning it. The good, bad, ugly and the beautiful - all of it!

ACE: WHAT WAS YOUR DREAM JOB GROWING UP? HOW DO YOU THINK THIS HAS INFLUENCED WHO YOU ARE TODAY?

Shashi: My dream job was having an import/export business, but as a kid, I am pretty sure I never really knew what that meant, I just knew that it sounded good and it would get me on an airplane. I know that travel has absolutely influenced my career choice. I needed to be in a field where travel was necessary in order to get things done.

ACE:  IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONLY THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Shashi: Curious. Persistent. Outgoing.

ACE: WHO’S YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION AND WHY?

Shashi: The people that inspire me are constantly changing. I usually look to someone in an area that I feel I need help in. That person becomes someone that I want to learn more about and I see if I can take some of their learnings and incorporate them into my life. Who I am inspired by changes because I understand that I need help in a lot of areas and the people I can look to are everywhere. 

ACE: WHAT DOES THE TERM “BOSS BABE” MEAN TO YOU?

Shashi: I don’t usually like anything with a gender or definer attached to it because it allows someone to have an impression of you before you have even entered the room. You never hear a guy in business having to identify himself as a Boss of anything.

I like being female, I like nice things, I like leading companies, and I also like people to make up their own mind about me. Hopefully their perception of me is someone who gets shit done and gets it done well...is there a term for that person?

ACE: HOW DO YOU EMPOWER OTHER WOMEN?

Shashi: My goal is to get as many women into business and leadership roles as possible. Anytime someone wants an ear or eyes to go over a strategy plan I put my hand up.

We need more people doing great and crazy things in this world, and we need them done with humanity – that is where women really excel.

ACE: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED FROM ANOTHER WOMAN?

Shashi: Don’t let anyone else define you and don’t let your guilt lead you (mom guilt is a real thing).

ACE: CAN YOU SHARE THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED FROM A FAILURE?

Shashi: Get up, dust off, and do it again. It usually works the second time around because the first time wasn’t a failure, it was a learning opportunity.

ACE: WHEN YOU ARE FEELING OVERWHELMED, WHAT DO YOU DO TO FIND PEACE?

Shashi: I get on my bike or get to a yoga class, but after I make a list and get all that crap out of my head first. If that doesn’t work, then I call up a girlfriend and hit a concert and copious amounts of wine.

ACE: WHAT LEGACY DO YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?

Shashi: I hope people remember me as someone who helped get their business to where it is now, and knew that I believed they could do it and helped put a plan in place for it to happen.

ACE: WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU?

Shashi: Thank you! There are Joydrop stores in Westhills, Market Mall and online at www.joydrop.ca. There is a Fernweh store in the Banff Springs Hotel.

 

Stay connected with Shashi: @joydropyyc & @fernwehgift