Published on March 9th, 2014 | by Jehan Raffiuddin
FAB WOMAN: Shereen Yusuff
Shereen Yusuff is our FAB BAG Woman Of The Day, currently working at Houston with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation as a Senior Drilling Engineer and the only Indian woman to have completed the full Iron Man twice, she is a classic example of a woman breaking the barriers imposed by society and achieving success. Here’s a look at the path breaking life of a truly awe inspiring career of a global woman..
Born & raised in Oman her first entry into the male bastion was when she joined IIT Kharagpur and chose aerospace engineering, a field dominated by men. Before graduating, she won the “Bhandarkar Cup” which is given to the sportsman of the year, only the second female to have achieved the distinction since 1951 when IIT Kharagpur was established.
After graduation, she was chosen by Schlumberger, the International Oil and Gas company, for an internship thus beginning her career in another male dominated sector After training in China, she worked as an off shore drilling engineer for 3 years in Mumbai, China and the Gulf of Mexico. Quickly climbing up the ladder by the age of 24 she became the youngest manager at the time and worked in Louisiana for 2 years from 2008 to 2010. She went on to become a drilling manager managing multiple projects in Brazil and is now based in Houston.
Shereen attributes her success to her parents who she says, “Supported me through my endeavors inspite of being raised in a culture where girls did not get the needed support simply because it was not the norm for girls to achieve academically or professionally.” She also believes her exposure to different cultures having lived in Oman, India, China, Brazil has helped shape her into the global minded individual today who respects and values different cultures of the world. She also completed the Iron Man 2 times. An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break with a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the race. Shereen completed her second Iron Man in 13:23, more than 3.5 hours before cut-off. She is the only Indian Woman to have completed the Full Iron Man twice. We think that’s pretty awesome
The FAB BAG Crew got talking with Shereen and we’re so excited to share snippets of our conversation with Shareen
FAB BAG: What motivates you?
Shereen: The thrill of competing against myself and realizing that I have come such a long way every time I test my threshold, both mentally and physically. It also makes me realize I can do so much more, and this drives me to test my limits all over again – a very addictive cycle !
FAB BAG: Shereen, Happiness to you is… ?
Shereen: Realizing I have so much to be grateful for – being raised in a society where women weren’t encouraged as much as men in the fields of sports and education, I feel extremely blessed for the support I received through the years. If you can master the art of realizing how much you have versus how much you don’t, happiness then becomes your default state of mind.
FAB BAG: One over hyped advice that you’d never give anyone?
Shereen: “Work hard now and it will get easier later”. It doesn’t get easier. You get stronger.
FAB BAG: If money could buy happiness, what would you spend it on?
Shereen: Every single sport gear I can think of! Skiing, scuba diving, hiking, mountain climbing, triathlons, surfing…. and why not throw in a BMWS1000RR and a Mclaren 650S – racing’s a sport right ?
Parting Shot: Shareen is a daredevil. She chose a path less travelled. She challenged the set society’s norms for women and came out successful. We admire her determination and discipline. For all those reading this story, we have one message… ” With determination, dedication and discipline, you can do absolutely anything”.
The *FAB* Women initiative by FabBag.com celebrates the occasion of Women’s Day all through the month of March with an aim to inspire women across the country by sharing stories of ordinary women with extraordinary lives. If you liked reading Shereen’s story, please leave a comment below and share this article. It’s now your turn to spread the inspiration.