Simi Ranajee

I was born in India, raised in the US. We moved to Lakewood Ranch from Chicago in 2016 because our family is here. Education, empathy and new experiences were always enforced in our home. I was encouraged to complete my undergrad, MBA and Doctorate, fight for what is right and try what life has to offer. I feel blessed to have had life experiences from winning Ms. India Worldwide (after Ms. India Illinois and Ms. India USA) https://www.worldwidepageants.com/miss-india-worldwide/past-winners-ww/ , traveling, marriage, kids , author (simiranajee.com) , TEDx speaker, even cancer and career. After working for some highly respected established organizations (Abbott, Discovery Channel, Edelman) and involved/consulted with numerous start-ups ; I decided to open my business here. IMISCO (IMpacting ISsues COllaboratively) www.imisco.com is a strategic marketing and communications firm that knows success is a collective effort. We have recently been focused on a lot of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work. We also co -founded Mission Neem 5 which has been created to help women and girls here. I love Lakewood Ranch for the wonderful people and opportunities it has afforded me and my family.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
Married to a wonderful husband for 20 years, 2 teenage children, 2 dogs and parent(s) and sister(s) all in the same country club.

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I speak frequently on current issues (social and healthcare related). I love that our company enables our clients to be strategic and profitable.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Anna Maria Oyster Bar ,Tandoor, and Fit Fuel

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
5 years

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
Not one person but many game changers.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Dubai- Family is there

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
American History X-Shawshank Redemption-Grey’s Anatomy (with my daughter)

Q: What advice would you give to people?
In the current landscape -be gentle with yourself. So much anxiety between COVID19 and politics

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
South African Safari

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Depends on mood but Prince, Indigo Girls, ColdPlay, Fleetwood Mac, Janelle Monae

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
Lakewood Ranch Mom’s group (non-profit) because when I was sick (cancer) they all stepped up from meal trains to visits.

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Gloria Steinam –30 years ago I had lunch with her and would love to discuss how times have changed. I would invite her to my home.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
So many intelligent, creative and interesting people. Small enough to treat like family but big enough to conquer the world.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Here

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I just became an ordained minister and married my first couple

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Wherever my family is together and my children are laughing and happy

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
April 1st –BOTH my children’s birthday

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
Visiting my sister in San Francisco- non stop fun

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
Nav-my husband. Never says no to my crazy ideas.

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Lemon, Lavendar

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Warmth, Love and Safety