active CEO Podcast #69 Deepthi Bopaiah India’s Next Olympic Gold

active CEO Podcast Deepthi Bopaiah India's Next olympic Gold GoSports Foundation
Deepthi Bopaiah – CEO GoSports Foundation

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Deepthi Bopaiah about finding India’s next Olympic Gold Medal, having impact and creating influential change, and transitioning from HSBC to GoSport Foundation. We also dive into the power of India mandating Corporate Social Responsibility, be the change you wish to see, and how to put India consistently on the world sporting map.

This active CEO podcast
episode was recorded live at the 2019 Mass Participation World Conference, at
the Hilton Hotel, in Singapore.

Deepthi Bopaiah – India’s Next Olympic Gold

Deepthi Bopaiah is a highly
determined and visionary young leader from India, who is making waves on the
sub-continent with GoSports Foundation, creating an enriched sporting
ecosystem, sport for all, and is determined to put India on the sporting map
and win Olympic Gold Medals. She is an actor, travel junkie and dog lover, who
managed to sweet-talk her way into the Rio Paralympic Games village, and was a
fine athlete in her own right, representing Karnataka State in Basketball and

She has a Bachelor of
Commerce from Mont Carmel College and a MBA Finance & Marketing Symbiosis
Institute of Management Studies. Her career has included Assistant Manager,
Assistant Vice President Training & Development and Vice President of HSBC
in Bangalore. Since 2012, She started out working at GoSports Foundation as a
Communications Director and Marketing Director, and since 2016, is the
Executive Director.

Deepthi talks about:

  • Growing up in Bangalore and living in a country of 1.3 Billion people.
  • Having a dream that has impact, where you could influence change.
  • Why Steffi Graf was her role model as a child.
  • The rise of the female athlete in India and sport teaching you life lessons.
  • Taking the initiative to approach Walt Disney India for an internship
  • The biggest lesson learnt while working at HSBC.
  • You can only get people to invest if they see that you are doing it.
  • The catalyst and focus for GoSport Foundation
  • Rahul Dravid mentoring program to help athletes transitioning to elite level.
  • Pullela Gopichand focuses on coaching eco-system model.
  • India’s Next Olympic Gold
  • Breaking the logic of India and women in sport in India.
  • India’s challenges to finding the next Indian Olympic and Paralympic Gold Medalist.
  • Corporate India embracing Sport in their CSR programs.
  • The participation catalyst of four medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
  • Fit India movement and people talking about being more healthy.
  • The value of collaborative leadership.
  • How tennis, pilates and chanting help her bring her A-Game.
  • If you want to get fit do a 10k, if you want to change your life do a marathon.

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can only get people to invest if they see that you are doing it.” Talking about change and leadership with Deepthi
Bopaiah, on the active CEO Podcast.

“When you support a young athlete you support one of them, where f you support a coach you can support a hundred athletes through that one sport.” Deepthi Bopaiah talks about Pullela Gopichand, India National Badminton Coach, approach to coach ecosystems, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Deepthi Bopaiah LinkedIn
Deepthi Bopaiah Twitter
Deepthi Bopaiah Instagram
Go Sports Foundation India
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn

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