Sujata Khandekar is the founder-director of CORO. She has been actively involved in the women’s movement for over three decades. The empowerment of grassroots women in urban and rural contexts has been core to Sujata’s work. Facilitating grassroots leadership for leading regenerative social change is central to her vision and CORO’s interventions. Sujata is awarded a Ph.D. for the thesis on ‘Meanings of Women’s Empowerment. This academic research is facilitated with seven grassroots co-researchers, by developing the research methodology ‘Feminist Cooperative Inquiry’, feminist research influenced by the cooperative Inquiry (CI) approach. Sujata was a fellow of the Macarthur Foundation leadership development fund. She has authored a book in Marathi titled ‘Aashevin Aasha’ (Hope without hope) based on her work at the grassroots and has published in national and international peer-reviewed publications.