ILA Podcast

One Team, Seven Superpowers

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Nidhi Pant


Nidhi Pant, 2021 WE Empower UN SDG Challenge winner, joins Scott to discuss her work with farm-based micro-entrepreneurs in India as co-founder of Science For Society (S4S) Technologies.

Quotes From This Episode

“We were a group of college students working on different ideas, with different approaches and strengths but united with the common purpose to use our scientific knowledge in service to people.”

“All of us have very unique and different strengths that are very complementary.”

“After seven years, I’m still learning more and more – I am never done.”

About Nidhi Pant

Nidhi Pant is Co-Founder of Science For Society – S4S Technologies. Nidhi works at the intersection of agriculture, gender, energy access, and financial inclusion. S4S trains smallholder women farmers to be entrepreneurs by providing the right combination of technology, finance, and market and increases their household income by 100-200% annually. S4S is working with more than 20,00 farmers and 800 women entrepreneurs, and in the process saving more than 300,000 tons of CO2 from entering the environment.

Nidhi is the winner of the Women Transforming India Awards by NITI Aayog & United Nations (UN) and has also been listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia and India. She’s also the winner of the Unilever Young Entrepreneur Award 2019 by Unilever and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She was also named ‘Emerging Innovator of the Year’ at the inaugural edition of the Economic Times Women Leadership Awards (ETPWLA). She is also a 2021 WE Empower UN SDG Challenge winner.

Nidhi holds a bachelor’s in Chemical Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology.

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.