There is something very powerful about the creative spirit of the Indian woman. We have witnessed its impact in both ancient times and modern. However, this deep-rooted spirit still lies largely untapped. The Leela Collective is an effort in gathering the authentic, relatable voices of strong Indian women into one motivational force. In doing so, we hope to inspire you to draw on your own creative reserves and embark on your own enterprising journeys.


We envision The Leela Collective as a circle of trust where talented, enterprising Indian women across the world inspire with their truths, guide with their perspectives, delight with their creations, and engage in an exchange of views. We believe that women define success differently. That success for them entails doing well by being well. The Leela Collective will be successful if it motivates women to step through the looking glass and realize that who they are is what they are already made of. Every woman is our inspiration.



My name is Sunaina Sainath and I am the founder of The Leela Collective. I am an Indian woman from America who has alternated between the two nations at differing points. The Leela Collective is the passion project that I have been preparing for my entire life. I have been lucky enough to meet many enterprising Indian women who constantly overcome challenges to realize their creative spirits on their own terms. Their stories can help build self-confidence in a world where social media obsession is overriding our ability to validate our own self worth.


Sunaina Sainath earned her master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and her bachelor’s in Architecture from Sushant School of Art and Architecture. She is a mother, a wife and Global Head of Print Insights at HP in San Diego. Sunaina’s career began in architecture and then shifted its course to analytics, direct marketing, integrated marketing and brand strategy. Prior to joining HP, she was Head of Strategy at MullenLowe Boston. She has also been Director of Strategy at Wieden+Kennedy Delhi, Head of Planning at Leo Burnett Delhi and has held Account Planning positions at BBDO and DDB in Chicago.