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Lumiere turned 17 on September 15th 2013. Charted the strategic journey for the next 4 years.

Lumière turned seventeen today, a magic number! ‘The Sound of Music’ had ‘you are 17 going on 18…older and wiser… and I’ll depend on you…’ Seventeen is about being responsible and getting ready to take bigger challenges.

A year short of becoming an adult, ‘moving out’… It’s about exploring the world, charting new paths, taking new challenges, our values as strong anchor. We push onward with some nervous excitement…

Milind and I met 27 years ago at a party, connecting over the Beatles’ rock ‘n rolling ‘she was seventeen … you know what I mean… I’ll never dance with another’. We never miss that quick look-smile anytime the number plays.

‘Don’t dance with another’ is too much to ask for, but we do have clients, team members, associates, alumni, family and friends who have held on our hand. Who continue to dance with us… continue to feel engaged.

Do dance with us today…

Its serendipity to be on CNBC talking at the SHEROES summiton flexiworking this birthday weekend… and serendipity that we are working onour first research in Africa this birthday weekend – a fabulous gift…

Our account managers will to be at a two-day offsite tomorrow, working on Lumière Refresh, charting the course for the next four years to adulthood.

Re’fresh’ party (read ‘account managers’) energized and aligned to cascade the action areas of the vision to the entire team…

Older and wiser… and we want to be fresh and bright and sparkling…

Rock n’ rolling… Refresh 17…

Thank you everyone!

 

1992 - 1996
1996
1997 - 2001
1999
2001 - 2007
2013 - 2019
1992-1996

Initiation

Deepa starts working at Hindustan Unilever Ltd., and after working there for a few years decides to take a career break to take care of her son. The family plans to move to Jamaica, and she wishes to resume working. There are not a lot of opportunities post a career break for her, and this makes her realise the plight of women all across the world who are trying to resume working after taking a break. The seed for Lumière is planted. Deepa joins J.A. Young Research Ltd. to get back to her roots, and ultimately decides to start her own firm under her CA's advise.

1996

Beginning

Start of Lumière Consultancy in Jamaica

1997-2001

Incubation

The family is aching to return to India, and post the birth of her second child, Deepa gets an offer from HUL to rejoin them. She has an itch to make it on her own, and so declines. This results in a different type of engagement between the two, and Lumière engages exclusively with HUL by expanding their scope. Deepa builds a stronghold in consumer behavior, and Lumière develops into an entity of its own. Inception of 'Consumer Centricity', which is their future key to strength, begins. With an expansion in their work, they need more resources and a group of like-minded talented professional women to join the team. Lumière gives them solace, a place to grow, rebuild their careers, and achieve goals beyond their expectations. They begin with mentoring initiatives, with an urge to inspire young individuals. People approach them through word-of-mouth, references, and to create opportunities beyong market research, Lumière becomes a Pvt. Ltd. company.

1999

Establishing

An opportunity arises to be a part of something big, to analyse the growth mindset and the creation of a best practice document for sequential recycling. Lumière makes an impact across categories and branches into Product Testing and Category Creation.

2001-2007

Invigoration

Lumière touches ₹ 1 crore. Their brochure is presented at MRSI. The company turns 10, and Milind joins the team as an observer. This becomes the phase of Lumière's upheavel: from scaling up, digitization and automation of processes, to plugging in leakages across departments and accounts. Their billings reach ₹ 3 crores.

2013-2019

Innovation

Rashmi Bansal dedicates a chapter of her book 'Follow Every Rainbow' to Deepa and Lumière. The company enters adulthood, and they facilitate change management for Lumière. The introduction of the Gallup Strengths to the portfolio is a game changer. A revamp of the technological infrastructure ensues, giving way to an articulation of Lumière 3.0.