benita-at-icaiBenita is a social media expert from India, managing the social media accounts of some of the largest companies in India. She has completed her post graduation in management studies from Gujarat University and also has relevant certifications from IIM Ahmedabad and Stanford University, USA.

A CEO of Vanilla Skills, Benita has extensive experience in developing customized training workshops based on needs and profile of the audience. In the past 15 years, she imparted learning to more than 16,000 individuals through more than 6000 platform hours across hierarchy levels — from front line executives to middle and senior managers.

Benita is the top 3% of the viewed profiles in her LinkedIn network of 7500+ connections, most of the viewers being CEOs, MDs, Founders, Directors, L&D heads and the ilk; essentially, her target audience. She is often invited as an expert to talk on various aspects of social media and was the chief guest at ICAI, western region council. She has conducted social media training for many corporate clients like L&T Infotech, Bonanza group, VFS Global among many others.

Her LinkedIn Social Selling Index is 80, putting her at 1% people in her industry. She actively uses Social Media for her own marketing and over 90% of her new business comes from her use of social media.

One of her key strengths and a differentiating skill is the ability to enhance the degree of audience engagement and learning experience through a highly energetic and an interactive style. Her company Vanilla Skills also takes consulting assignments on social media, guiding businesses on using social media for various aspects of business including, but not limited to, marketing.

Some of the esteemed clients of Vanilla Skills include Afcons, Wockhardt, Turner Bros, Happiest Mind Technologies, Black & Veatch, among others.

Benita has proven results in niche areas Social Media for business where businesses have increased their profits many folds.


“Benita is an extremely talented and intuitive facilitator and trainer. Benita has demonstrated a work ethic that goes above and beyond any typical consultant in this field. My team and I found an insightfulness in Benita’s delivery and style that is unique and aided in our ability to progress our team much faster than if we had gone the path alone or with others less talented.

Benita is a resource that I will be engaging in the future with team dynamics and situations.”

— Brenda Greig, AVP and Director, HR Integration, India HR Director, Black & Veatch

Benita is having great professional outlook. While working with us she has demonstrated great skills and pleasing coordination with our team.

She is firm on her deadlines and also keeps her clients and associates on toes. Smart resource and good company to work with.

— Sandeep Desai, EVP (Information & Process Group), Afcons Infrastructure Ltd.

“Benita is a great trainer and an inspiring personality. Through the short period of time I worked with Benita she has added significant value and trained many of our employee on programs like Personal Effectiveness and Productivity, Business Communication Skills among others. I would not hesitate in recommending Benita to any organisation that wants to develop their employees! “

— Tahseen Wahdat, DGM HR, Essar

“We were looking for a trainer to develop trust, manage personality conflicts, build high performing team. I got acquainted to Benita through LinkedIn. We engaged her for a team building exercise, her domain knowledge, expertise, detailed approach, in-depth knowledge about people practice, helped the team and Company in building a high performing team. Post the session we continued to engage her for a critical situation where in a team was going through a lot of turbulence due to history and individual personality conflict. She deep dived and helped us overcome the situation. With my experience with Benita I would strongly recommend her for any Organization which is looking to develop trust among employees, develop high performing team, interpersonal skills and handle personality conflict situations… Benita I wish you all success in your endeavors.”

— Balaji K V, Senior HR Professional | HR Business Partner Manager, Black & Veatch

“I am writing this to thank you for giving me brand new friends. Because when they came out of training I saw same people but with new personalities. They (Leena and Farha) attended your training and we can see the change on their faces. Not only about my friends but we saw the change in all my colleagues who attended the training.

We are very fortunate that we know at least one person i.e you with so much positive energy; and have decided to remain in touch with you, so that the energy which you have infused, lasts forever.”

— Pallavi Wable, Dy. Manager, HDFC Bank

“Benita is a very good trainer, I have attended personal effectiveness training where I found she is best at her work. She knows various ways to convey her message and let opposite person understand. Very good command on communication skill.”
— Anita Pansare, was Benita’s client

Note: You may see her detailed profile on Linkedin

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