The Duchess Club launched on January 28, 2002 consists of 300 members from all walks of life who come together with the common goal of learning and sharing. Nina Reddy (Executive Director, Savera Hotels Limited), Rathi Nilakantan (Director, A Cut Above Beauty Studio), Anu Agrawal, Sujata Mundhra and Anuradha Sachdev thought it fit to gather like minded women, so that through the various programs every month their collective wisdom could initiate many ideas to bring out the best in each one of them.
Our members belong to a cross section of society such as house-wives, entrepreneurs, educationalists, professionals, and many more. Needless to say the interaction amongst ourselves gives rise to many an interesting matter which are debated and discussed. It focuses on bringing women from different walks of life and provide them with a platform to enhance and stimulate their intellect and creative abilities, thereby evolving and empowering them. The monthly programs are a healthy mix of mentally stimulating speakers and relaxing too.
The Duchess Club is proud to have on its panel Honorary member Ms.Sivasankari, accomplished Tamil Novelist, Ms.Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Film Director and a Cine Artist, Ms. Anita Ratnam Classical and Contemporary Dance Artist, Ms.Ghariyali IAS officer and Dr. Pritika Chary well known city Neuro physician & surgeon.
The Club has had the privilege of having eminent speakers at our meetings, To name a few, Sudha Murthy of Infosys Foundation, T.N Seshan, Jayanthi Natrajan, Kanimozhi, Style Guru Prasad Bidappa, Choreographer Shiamak Davar, Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Karen Anand, Fashion Designer Manish Malhotra, Padmasri Anupam Kher, Dabholkar, Sanjana Kapoor, Lillete Dubey, Nandita Das etc..
Our annual events are the All Woman Car Rally, The Duchess Utsav (exhibition of women entrepreneurs) & The Quest (All Women Quiz) open to all the women of Chennai.