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Podcast: “Progress is a question of ability, not disability.” — Lemon Tree Hotels’ Aradhana Lal

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Resilience
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How a hotel chain is shaking up diversity by employing ‘Opportunity Deprived Indians’, including acid attack victims: “Progress is a question of ability, not disability.” — Lemon Tree Hotels’ Aradhana Lal

A leader in its field for diversity and inclusion, with a goal to recruit from a far larger pool of candidates, free the talents and change perceptions of marginalised people in India. 

Aradhana Lal, the chain’s Vice President of Brand, Communications & Sustainability Initiatives, is a key driver of this mission, which gives jobs and careers to those who have been marginalised through domestic violence, acid attacks, learning and physical disabilities and socioeconomic factors. 

With 17% of Lemon Tree Hotels’ workforce now made up of Opportunity Deprived Indians, the number is growing — and with it the success of the initiative and reputation of the hotel chain for its ambitious and collaborative approach. In the latest everywoman podcast episode, we talk to Aradhana about why progress is a question of ability not disability and the power of business culture to change the world around it for the better.