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Dipping Your Feet Confidently into the World of Internships

Written by Elizabeth Kim. According to the Harvard Business Review, around 75 percent of college students, at some point during their academic journey, have engaged in an internship (Coleman). For many new internees, who are dipping their feet into the adult-working world for the first time, the prospects of their internship may be a daunting […]

Forbes: Five Tips To Maximize The Impact Of A Corporation’s Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Strategy

Shared from Forbes, written by Jennefer Witter. Original article here. As companies undertake DEI work, they must authentically fold in unity, empathy, and decency.

Take the Lead: Be Uma: Founder, CEO, Author on Manifesting Your Success With Confidence

Shared from Take the Lead, written by Michele Weldon. Original article here. She has always liked moving fast. At seven years old, growing up in greater London, Rita Kakati-Shah told her physician father and zoologist mother (who was also a classically trained singer and dancer) that she intended to be a formula race car mechanic […]

IndieReader: Advice from IR Approved Author Rita Kakati-Shah: “Always use your voice when you write.”

Shared from IndieReader, original article here. Following find an interview with author Rita Kakati-Shah.

Prag News (English): Rita Kakati-Shah’s ‘The Goddess of Go-Getting’: A snapshot towards women empowerment

Shared from Prag News, original article here. Founder and CEO of Uma, Rita Kakati-Shah, has written a delineated story of her life in pursuit of how she has managed to stand into her identity throughout the most apparent ascending male-dominated career ladder.

Prag News: নিউয়ৰ্কত ৰীতা কাকতি শ্বাহৰ সফলতাই সহস্ৰজনক কৰিছে অনুপ্ৰাণিত (Rita Kakati-Shah’s Success in New York Inspires Thousands)

Shared from Prag News. written by ByPritishri Bharadwaz. Original Assamese article here. ডিজিটেল ডেস্ক : নিউয়ৰ্কত ভাৰতৰ কনচুল জেনেৰেল ৰণধীৰ জয়ছোৱালে আন্তঃৰাষ্ট্ৰীয় নাৰী দিৱস উপলক্ষে বিশ্বব্যাপী সফলতা লাভ কৰিবলৈ সক্ষম হোৱা ভাৰতীয় নাৰীৰ সাফল্য উদযাপনৰ বাবে এক বিশেষ অনুষ্ঠানৰ আয়োজন কৰে। অনুষ্ঠানটোৰ আৰম্ভণিতে বিভিন্ন বঁটা বিজয়ী ৱেষ্টছেলাৰ লেখিকা, তথা লিংগ সমতা তথা কেৰিয়াৰ সম্পৰ্কীয় বিষয়ত […]

Romford Recorder: International Women’s Day – Hornchurch Businesswoman Publishes ‘Empowering’ Book to Motivate Women

Shared from Romford Recorder, written by Chantelle Billson. Original article here. A pioneering mother-of-two from Hornchurch will launch a motivational book on International Women’s Day.

IndieReader: THE GODDESS OF GO-GETTING

Shared from IndieReader, written by Amanda Ellison. Original review here. THE GODDESS OF GO-GETTING is a thought-provoking, useful and authentic handbook for all involved in the corporate world, covering themes that are highly topical and set to remain so for the foreseeable future.

citybiz: Diversity and Inclusion Strategist Rita Kakati-Shah to Release The Goddess of Go-Getting on International Women’s Day, March 8th

Shared from Citybiz, original article here. Kakati-Shah, an award-winning bestselling author and entrepreneur, offers advice on building confidence, leadership, and success in the workplace and a path to building inclusive cultures.

Northeast Today: Assam Woman Conferred With ‘US Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award’ for International Mentoring

Shared from Northeast Today, original article here. An award-winning, gender, diversity, inclusion and career strategist – Rita Kakati Shah has recently been conferred with the ‘Presidential Lifetime Achievement’ award by US President Joe Biden for her contribution along international mentoring & volunteering to support young people, women and minority communities of all ages.

Guwahati Plus: Tete-A-Tete With Assam-Origin Career Strategist, Change Maker

Shared from Guwahati Plus, original article by Niharika Kalita here. Rita Kakati Shah, an Assam-origin social worker and New York resident, was recently awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by US President Joe Biden.

King’s College London: King’s Alumna Receives US Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

Shared from King’s College London, original article here. King’s alumna and King’s Business School Advisory Council Member Rita Kakati-Shah has received the Lifetime Achievement award, the highest level of the President of the United States Volunteer Service Award.

The Assam Tribune: US Prez honours Assamese woman with lifetime achievement award

Shared from The Assam Tribune, written by Ajit Patowary, in print and online. Digital copy available here.

Romford Recorder: Mum-of-two honoured by US president Joe Biden

Shared from Romford Recorder, written by Chantelle Billson, in print and online. Digital article here.

Formidable Woman Magazine: Rita Kakati-Shah, Founder of UMA: Empowering and Inspiring Globally

Shared from Formidable Woman Magazine, written by Jules Lavalee. Original cover story here. Rita Kakati-Shah is an award-winning, gender, diversity, inclusion and career strategist, speaker, author and advisor to Fortune 500 companies.

HBR: Managing a Team That’s Been Asked to Do Too Much

Shared from HBR, written by Liane Davey. Original article here. Recent cases highlighted in the media suggest that executives, in a desperate quest to quench the market’s unquenchable thirst for growth…

Forbes: This is Why Saying “No” is the Best Way to Grow your Career – and How to do it

Shared from Forbes, written by Amy Blaschka. Original article here. Sometimes, saying yes can be a boon to your career—it opens you up to new challenges and opportunities, invites collaboration, empowers and affirms others, and creates an environment where it’s safe to try, fail, learn and innovate.

HBR: Proof That Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

Shared from HBR, written by Emma Seppälä and Kim Cameron. Original article here. Too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to drive their financial success.

Influential People News: Rita Kakati-Shah Founder and CEO of Uma, an International Strategy, Coaching and Training Platform that Empowers Confidence

Shared from Influential People News, cover story by Jules Lavalee, read original article here. Rita Kakati-Shah is an award-winning, gender, diversity, inclusion, and career strategist, speaker, author, and advisor to Fortune 500 companies.

New York Times: Relax! You’ll Be More Productive

Shared from NY Times, written by Tony Schwartz. Original article here. Editors’ note: We’re resurfacing this story from the archives because who doesn’t want to be more productive? 

Shoutout LA: Meet Rita Kakati-Shah | Award-winning Career Strategist & DEI Expert

Shared from Shoutout LA, original article here. We had the good fortune of connecting with Rita Kakati-Shah and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Fortune: The labor pool you could be tapping right now

Shared from Fortune, written by S. Mitra Kalita. Original article here. Nandhini Gunalan’s return to work comes after 13 years away. She was just hired by Audible as a senior quality-assurance engineer, part of a program launched by the online audiobook and podcast producer to help those who took breaks in their career, usually for […]

Achievers’ World: Rita Kakati-Shah, Founder & CEO, UMA

Shared from Achievers’ World, original article here. Rita Kakati-Shah is an award winning, gender, diversity, inclusion and career strategist, speaker, author and advisor to Fortune 500 companies.

#BeWell

Written by Sammy D’Ambrosio. According to the American Psychological Association, “Women are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety or depression, while men tend toward substance abuse or antisocial disorders”. Women “are more likely to internalize emotions, which typically results in withdrawal, loneliness and depression.”

Voyage LA: Exploring Life & Business with Rita Kakati-Shah of Uma

Shared from Voyage LA, original article here. Today we’d like to introduce you to Rita Kakati-Shah.

HBR: Why Mentoring Matters in a Hypercompetitive World

Shared from HBR, written by Thomas J. DeLong, John J. Gabarro, and Robert J. Lees. Original article here.

HBR: It’s Time for a New Discussion on “Women in Leadership” 

Shared from HBR, written by Avivah Wittenborg-Cox. Original article here. The time has come to reframe the gender issue. The chancellor of Germany, the head of the IMF, and the chair of the US Federal Reserve are women. General Motors, IBM and Lockheed Martin are run by women. Sixty percent of the world’s university graduates […]

Entrepreneur, 18 Business Leaders on Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Society

Shared from Entrepreneur, written by Parveen Panwar. Original article here. These industry leaders outline how best to foster diversity and inclusion in company settings.

HBR: To Take Charge of your Career, Start by Building your Tribe

Shared from HBR, written by Gianpiero Petriglieri. Original article here. Researchers talked with gig economy workers like freelance journalists, consultants, designers, software engineers, and executive coaches. The workers shared stories of creative struggle, bitter loneliness, and chronic uncertainty. And yet most of them claimed that they would not have it any other way.

All Places: The One Thing Most Companies get Wrong on Diversity + Inclusion

Shared from All Places, written by Jessie Gabriel. Original article here. Admittedly this title is a little ridiculous. Wouldn’t the world be different if there were only one thing organizations got wrong when it came to diversity, equity and inclusion? But following our event on creating diverse and vibrant teams, it struck me that this one […]

Forbes: Women Execs: Find your Tribe and Tap into Success

Shared from Forbes, written by Nancy Wang. Original article here. For every woman who achieves a director-level or higher role, 1.8 men do the same, according to a LinkedIn study. The gap only widens as professionals move up the rank.

Himalayan Express: India to host the second United Nations Parliamentary Assembly Model

Shared from Himalayan Express, source Rita Kakati-Shah, original article here. In September 2021, India has been selected as the location for the second United Nations Parliamentary Assembly Model. Mirroring the structure of the first UNPA Model in Argentina, the forthcoming second UNPA Model in Delhi will be held virtually in response to the global pandemic, […]

City of Sacramento, Innovation and Economic Development, Mentor Sacramento: Volunteer Business Mentors

Shared from City of Sacramento, original article here. Rita Kakati-Shah didn’t have a mentor in her formative years, when she started working in finance, as one of the few women on the trading floor. It wasn’t until years later that she understood what she’d been missing.

Greater Good Berkeley: How to Get Better at Achieving Your Goals

Shared from Greater Good Berkeley, written by Christine Carter. Original article here. Christine Carter follows these research-backed steps to turn her good intentions into successful achievements.

HBR: How to Manage your Inner Critic

Shared from HBR, written by Susan David. Original article here. Do you spend hours worrying that you aren’t good enough to succeed? That you’re just not capable or that you aren’t smart enough? You’re not alone.

HBR: Give Yourself a Break: The Power of Self-Compassion

Shared from HBR, written by Serena Chen. Original article here. When people experience a setback at work—whether it’s a bad sales quarter, being overlooked for a promotion, or an interpersonal conflict with a colleague—it’s common to respond in one of two ways. Either we become defensive and blame others, or we berate ourselves. Unfortunately, neither response is […]

Forbes: Impostor Syndrome in Professional Women and How to Overcome it

Shared from Forbes, written by Kathy Caprino. Original article here. In my work as a career and leadership coach and consultant for mid- to high-level professional women, I’ve been stunned at the degree to which highly accomplished women frequently struggle with feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, low self-confidence and confusion about how they, in fact, reached […]

BBC: International Women’s Day 2021: History, marches and celebrations

Shared from BBC, original article here. You might have seen International Women’s Day mentioned in the media or heard friends talking about it. But what is it for? When is it? Is it a celebration or a protest? Is there an equivalent International Men’s Day? And what virtual events will take place this year? For more than […]

HBR: When More Women Join the Workforce, Wages Rise – Including for Men

Shared from Harvard Business Review, written by Amanda Weinstein. Read the original article here. Most of the conversation about women and work revolves around how the economy impacts women; we know comparatively less about how women in turn affect the economy.

Forbes: 11 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Love this Valentine’s Day (and Beyond)

Shared from Forbes, written by Noma Nazish. Original article here. Valentine’s day is here and it’s time to show a little extra love to the people you care about. But whether you’re single or taken, it’s important to pamper yourself with the same kind of love and kindness that you’d shower on anyone else.

Starter Story: How we Transitioned all Training and Coaching Sessions Online

Shared from Starter Story, written by Pat Walls, Founder of Starter Story. Original article here.

McKinsey & Company: COVID-19 and gender equality: Countering the regressive effects

Shared from McKinsey & Company, By Anu Madgavkar, Olivia White, Mekala Krishnan, Deepa Mahajan, and Xavier Azcue. Read the original report here. What is good for gender equality is good for the economy and society as well. The COVID-19 pandemic puts that truth into stark relief and raises critically important choices.

HBR: Don’t Underestimate the Power of Women Supporting Each Other at Work

By Anne Welsh McNulty for Harvard Business Review. Read original article here. Some senior-level women tend to distance themselves from junior women, often to be more accepted by their male peers. Trying to separate oneself from a marginalized group is, sadly, a strategy that’s frequently employed.

How to Recover Your Business after COVID-19

The current pandemic has brought about massive transformation around the globe. Statistics show that 92% of small businesses are suffering from the effects brought about by the pandemic, while 5% haven’t yet felt the effects. If the affected business owners recover from the effects, company owners should adopt an effective business technology innovation to steer […]

SEEMA Magazine: Firing up the Phoenix

Uma founder Rita Kakati Shah helps re-ignite careers of moms who took time off to be with children

What They Don’t Tell You About Starting a Business

Taking the plunge into the world of business is big. As a new female entrepreneur, there is mounting pressure to succeed and to prove all those naysayers wrong.

WELUM: Develop Women and Minorities in the Workforce

MEET RITA KAKATI-SHAH, AN AWARD-WINNING, GENDER, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND CAREER STRATEGIST, SPEAKER, AND ADVISOR TO FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES.

GoCo: How to Stop Women from Leaving your Workforce

Over 860,000 women left the workforce in September of this year — a number four times the rate of men who left the workforce. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, women continue to be disproportionately impacted by the current circumstances.

SEEMA Magazine: The Viral Risk of a Return to School

After more than eight months during which COVID-19 has cut a deadly swath through the U.S., South Asian parents are warily considering sending their children back to the classroom.

Breaking Through, Rising Up: Strategies for Propelling Women of Color in Technology – Research Report with Citi and NPower

Foster inclusive leadership and establish organizational accountability metrics: Rita Kakati-Shah, Founder and CEO of Uma, notes that while many companies conduct trainings related to diversity and inclusion, the real question is what happens afterwards, “How are they being held accountable?

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”…or should you?

No matter where in the world we are, from an early age we have been conditioned to “fit in”. And if we don’t, it is our fault. We have been trained to keep our personal lives completely separate from our professional lives, our views to ourselves, speak only when spoken to, and it goes on.

Rita Kakati-Shah of Uma: 5 Steps We Must Take To Truly Create An Inclusive, Representative, and Equitable Society

Pledge a solution. Whilst advocating for diversity and inclusion publicly is a start, just posting a black post on Instagram one day and going back to business-as-usual the next day won’t change anything.

Rita Kakati-Shah and Uma: “You need to be laser focused and have superior organization skills”

“You need to be laser focused and have superior organization skills”

Rita Kakati-Shah and Uma: “You need to be laser focused and have superior organization skills”

One of our members had recently moved to New York City and spent several months looking for a job, but she just wasn’t getting any offers. After a friend’s referral she got in touch with Uma.

See Something. Say Something. Change Something.

5 Steps to Create a Genuinely Inclusive, Representative and Equitable Society

Rita Kakati-Shah of Uma: “Five things you can do to create a fantastic work culture”

Focus on your people. If you demonstrate that you truly understand them, care for their wellbeing, then you keep them happy, which eventually results in increased retention at your firm. Just getting to know your team is a good first start. An example is celebrating team members’ birthdays and hobbies.

Bad Moms

“Bad Moms,” a term popularized by a 2016 Hollywood comedy, where 3 overworked and under-appreciated moms persevere to be viewed as supermoms”

How to Ace Your First Job After College. Remotely.

The American workplace is suddenly a very different place. New college graduates must adapt if they hope to start careers on the right foot.

How to Have Confidence in Any Situation

Have you ever started your day with a confidence mantra? What about a power pose?

WeRule: Women Entrepreneurs Rule, Feature Spotlight

Rita Kakati Shah founded UMA to bring talented women back to the workforce after a career break

Diversity Woman Media: Your Second Act

Returnship programs and open-minded companies spell a positive trend for people who’ve taken a career break

Is Your Business Ready to Consider Co-Working as a Solution?

Thanks to technology, you can run your business literally anywhere — in an office, at the house while watching over the kids, or even in coffee shops.

Social Impact Heroes: “How Rita Kakati-Shah and Uma are empowering women returning to the workforce”

“If you take the time to listen, you are patient, approachable and focused, you can shape somebody’s future for the better.”

My mentoring experience: Rita Kakati-Shah

Rita Kakati-Shah (Mathematics & Management, 2001) is helping to get women back to work. Now based in New York, she set up Uma, an international platform dedicated to empowering women returning to work after a career break, transition or relocation. Rita is pioneering in business, an active commentator on diversity and inclusion, a Distinguished Alumni […]

How to Jump Start Your Career in 2020

The start of a new year is when many are taking stock of how their career is progressing and setting professional goals for the coming year.

How to Feel Empowered as a Female Entrepreneur

20 Female Entrepreneurs Share Sentiments On How To Feel Empowered In Business and Life

Changing the Narrative: Women’s Influence is Good for the Global Economy

We often hear the phrase “actions speak louder than words.” These words are especially true of the work we do at Uma. We talk about empowering women and minorities and using our knowledge, experience and impact to change corporate culture.

Rita Kakati-Shah: Founder and CEO of Uma

“Creativity, resilience and perseverance are key skills for bringing a new idea to fruition. As an entrepreneur it can be easy to have multiple ideas on the go at once, so self-prioritization of those ideas is essential,” said Uma’s founder in an interview with Idea Mensch.

Gender Parity: Women’s Impact on the Economy

It was indeed an honour to give the keynote talk at the annual Assam Day UK function in Nottingham, on the importance for gender parity across cultures, societies and the global economy.

Re-Entering the Workforce? Résumé Examples for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads

Using eye-tracking technology, a 2018 survey revealed hiring managers spent an average of 7.4 seconds scanning a résumé. Résumés are designed to get you an interview, not the job. Don’t hide or lie about taking a career pause to become a stay-at-home mom; include in your cover letter or as a brief statement on your […]

Workplace Flexibility: A Must for Employers; Well-Being for Employees

Workplace flexibility is on the minds of both employers and employees these days. In the past, flexibility was an afterthought at best in most HR departments.  But today, corporations are embracing flexibility policies that accommodate the needs of employees who say their loyalty to a firm often depends on whether a policy is in place.

How Supporting Fathers Can Move the Needle on Gender and Pay Equity

It’s not easy being a parent and as we gear up to celebrate all the fathers in our lives this weekend, let’s also remember the challenges they face… One in particular which starts right after a baby is born: living in a country that does not guarantee paid family leave — a stark contrast to […]

IBM Research: Much work to be done on making women’s advancement a business priority

NEW YORK: A global survey of 3,000 organizations that studied women’s advancement produced gloomier-than-expected results.

Rita Kakati Shah’s Journey As A Working Mom

She couldn’t get back to work after having kids, despite 10 years with Goldman Sachs. So she started her own company helping moms transition back to work.

A Special Research Blog Honoring and Feting Moms in Recognition of Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day, so here is a special blog not only honoring mothers but their contributions to their families and communities… Traditions for commemorating the holiday may vary from country-to-country. But whether in May or March, October or December, the day is marked on Islamic, Hindu, Hebrew and Gregorian calendars, and shares a universal thread […]

Ultimately, without exposing viewers of all ages, especially the young and adolescent, to diverse programming, we are stunting the growth of our society.

We are all influenced in some way by what we watch on television, whether in a movie or advertisement. Starting from childhood, watching Disney movies and cartoons with “princess” décor and a level of frailness for girls, or “super hero” macho images for boys, has a great impact.

Ultimately, without exposing viewers of all ages, especially the young and adolescent, to diverse programming, we are stunting the growth of our society.

We are all influenced in some way by what we watch on television, whether in a movie or advertisement. Starting from childhood, watching Disney movies and cartoons with “princess” décor and a level of frailness for girls, or “super hero” macho images for boys, has a great impact.

Changing the Narrative on Women’s Empowerment and Diversity in Paris

I recently had the honor and privilege of representing both the United States and the United Kingdom in front of an audience of international dignitaries and global thought leaders, in Paris, France… My first invitation was to speak at UNESCO about the importance of women’s influence and National Women Symbols. The second was delivering a […]

What Is Underemployment? The Job Market Phenomenon that Impacts Millions

You may have been hearing conversation about a healthy job market in recent times. Maybe a family member told you that you should have no problem finding a job in today’s market—or that it will be easier for you when you graduate than it was for them.

I had 15 years of professional experience, but no one cared when I became a mom

Kakati Shah was experiencing the “mommy tax.” Eventually, she turned her frustrations into starting Uma–a business that helps mothers transition back into the workforce.

I had 15 years of professional experience, but no one cared when I became a mom

This story is part of Fast Company‘s Gender Pay Gap package “Short Changed.”

I had 15 years of professional experience, but no one cared when I became a mom

A finance professional turned entrepreneur reflects on the motherhood bias and stereotypes she faced during her return to work.

Why women are still making so much less than men

The gender pay gap is more complicated than many people believe. We spoke to women across industries about their experiences, and whether we’ll really have to wait another lifetime for change.

16 Entrepreneurs Explain The Best Ways to Innovate a Team

UmaFounder, Rita Kakati Shah, advises companies to “switch it up.”

Slow Down To Do More: Why Stepped-Up Flexibility Policies Cut Turnover

My mantra both personally and professionally has always been “less is more”.

Global Arts Kingston International Women’s Day at Kingston Museum

On Friday 8th March, Global Arts Kingston  – which aims to create, develop and deliver inter-generation and multicultural events within the local communities of Kingston-Upon-Thames  – celebrated International Women’s Day by acknowledging women heroes.

Slow Down To Do More: Why Stepped-Up Flexibility Policies Cut Turnover

My mantra both personally and professionally has always been “less is more”.

Slow Down To Do More: Why Stepped-Up Flexibility Policies Cut Turnover

My mantra both personally and professionally has always been “less is more”.

Uma Talks to Uma Fellow Vaishnavi Venugopal about her Return to Work Journey

We’re excited to share the success of an Umaship at a technology company’s New York City office and how it turned into a rewarding career for an Uma Fellow…. Doran Jones Inc. is a women-owned Digital and Information Technology Consulting & Services firm specializing in Risk and Regulatory Compliance comprising a diverse team of professionals […]

The future is She

Here’s what the communications and marketing industry can do to bring more women back to work.

Ultimately, without exposing viewers of all ages, especially the young and adolescent, to diverse programming, we are stunting the growth of our society

Ultimately, without exposing viewers of all ages, especially the young and adolescent, to diverse programming, we are stunting the growth of our society.

The Reality of Maternity Leave on Women’s Careers

Women constantly face a number of issues at the work place… One of the most prominent issues is having to choose between their career and if they choose to start a family one day, then childcare. An ambitious, successful woman returns from her maternity leave feeling underutilized and unappreciated because of having to work under […]

Beyond Mom Interviews Rita Kakati Shah, Founder and CEO of Uma

Rita Kakati Shah hails from London, UK and now lives in New York with her husband and two young kids.

Leading the Conversation on Women’s Empowerment and Diversity in Russia

Over the past month, I’ve had the honor and privilege to speak at two prominent Russian conferences… The prestigious Woman Who Matters Forum in Moscow, as well as the Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference in Sochi. It was a truly inspirational experience rubbing shoulders with and sitting alongside leaders of international companies and experts across various sectors […]

How Rita Kakati Shah Is Helping Women Get Back To Work

Try. We pride ourselves on running a disruptive company, and that means constantly trying new things – not just once or twice, but continually, each and every day.

Gender Diversity: It’s Good for Business, Part 2

Calls for more female participation in the economy are at high pitch… …often based on political or cultural arguments founded on fairness. But a persuasive argument for diversity and equality can also be anchored to the bottom line. In part one we discussed that in 2014, Sallie Krawcheck, the former Bank of American and Citigroup […]

Gender Diversity: It’s Good for Business, Part 1

Investing in gender diversity in the workplace is good for companies and investors….Calls for more female participation in the economy are at high pitch, often based on political or cultural arguments founded on fairness. But a persuasive argument for diversity and equality can also be anchored to the bottom line. In part 1 of our […]

Founder and CEO of Uma, a network aiming to bring talented women back into the workforce.

Success isn’t just handed to you on a plate, it comes after much perseverance and dedication.

Female Disruptors: Rita Kakati Shah is shaking up job opportunities for women

Recharge. When you run a company across multiple time zones, you are traveling and in meetings around the clock. So be smart and carve out time to relax and unwind. I believe in the golden rule: work hard and play hard.

Female Disruptors: Rita Kakati Shah is shaking up job opportunities for women

I believe in the golden rule: work hard and play hard. I love dancing, oil painting and spending time with my family and friends.

Uma Talks with Ex-Commodities Trader and Uma Fellow

Uma talks with an ex-commodities trader and career break mother who has found a renewed sense of empowerment through Uma… During a recent Coffee and Conversation morning in NYC, we asked our Uma Fellow (name removed to preserve confidence) to share some of her experiences as a member of our Uma network.   Uma: As a mom […]

Diversity Is Only Half the Story: How Tech Can Help Foster Greater Inclusivity in the Workplace

Statistics about diversity—a 50-50 male/female split, X percentage employees of color, LGBTQ-friendly policies—often serve as points of pride on boardroom presentations about company culture. 

White Paper: Costs and Solutions for Workforce Reentry

Mothers continue to leave workforce – what it costs companies and the way forward … Most companies looking to identify and analyze the major cost drivers in their labor force encounter the usual culprits – rising health care costs, competition for talent and wider benefit offerings. However, a trend that often gets overlooked, but should […]

Pros Share 10 Tips for Innovating Up

Taking big swings and trying new things are what keep companies moving forward.

This Father’s Day Give Dads the Gift of Pushing for Stress-Free Family Leave

It’s almost June 17th day and we at Uma want to wish all dads around the world a very happy Father’s Day…

In Recognition of Mother’s Day: A Special Research Blog Honoring and Feting Moms

With Mother’s Day approaching, it seems fitting that we not only honor mothers but also reflect on the contributions they make to their families and communities…

King’s Debate: Positive action – the best way to break through the glass ceiling? | InTouch, May 3, 2018

Rita Kakati Shah (Mathematics & Management, 2001) set up her own company, Uma, to help people – mainly women – back into work after a career break.

Unequal Pay and Inadequate Maternity Leave Policies Leave Female Workforce Vulnerable

April 10 was Equal Pay Day and at Uma, we certainly think it warranted a special celebration…

“I Didn’t Let the Motherhood Penalty Stop Me, and Neither Should You”, Rita Kakati Shah | Working Mother, Apr 9, 2018

In June 2016, I was attending a professional networking event when I realized that the acronym on my name tag was literally repelling people. It simply read SAHM (Stay-at-Home Mom).

Expert Interview in the leading global business intelligence firm ORC International with Uma Founder and CEO, Rita Kakati Shah

Rita Kakati Shah is the CEO and Founder of Uma, a New York based recruitment organisation empowering mums who desire to re-enter the workforce after a career break.

Research Highlights Daunting Barriers for Moms Reentering Workforce: Here’s How Uma Can Help You Overcome!

Compelling new research shows that parents looking to reenter the work force after taking a break to raise children…

Is the US Letting its Workers Down When it Comes to Paid Family Leave?

In stark contrast to many developed nations, we live in a country that does not guarantee paid family leave…

Uma Talks to Uma Fellow Rima Roy and Turning Rock’s CFO/COO Saba Ahmad

It’s exciting for Uma to share the success of one of our first Umaships…

5 Quick Tips to Prepare for Transitioning Back to Work

5 Quick Tips to Prepare for Transitioning Back to Work

You Can Have Your Kids and Work It Too, Purist, October 27, 2017

It was while growing up in East London in the 1980s, that Rita Kakati Shah—whose parents hailed from Assam, India—got her first glimpse of what it means to be treated unfairly because of one’s gender.

Your NYC Neighbor: Rita Kakati Shah of UMA, Baby Does NYC, October 2, 2017

Your NYC Neighbor – is a way of introducing New Yorkers to a rich community of savvy parents.

Mommybites Chit-Chat with Rita Kakati Shah, Founder and CEO of Uma, Mommy Bites, September 12, 2017

Mommybites Chit-Chat: Conversations with luminaries, entrepreneurs and influencers in the parenting world

“Women Entrepreneurs Rule”, WeRule, August 17, 2017

Success means… believing in yourself. Three adjectives that deserve me are… ambitious, bold, persistent.

Uma Talks with Jen Fisher, Deloitte’s Managing Director of Well-being

For organizations concerned about losing top talent, the key driver of workplace loyalty is…. management’s understanding of the demands of family life

A Snub Sparks a Commitment to Help Women Achieve Work-Life Balance

June 2016, Rita Kakati Shah, a former fast track finance and healthcare professional, experienced a rude awakening…

Study Says Working Moms Are More Productive Than Colleagues Without Kids

Working mothers, take heart. You are actually more productive than your childless peers…

Paid Family Leave—It’s a Family Affair

With Father’s Day around the corner, it was perfect to have dads join our moms and Uma corporate partners…

Poor Paid Leave Policies Lead to Anger and Empowerment

Our May “Stay-at-Home” vs. “Working Parents” get together was on the verge of Mother’s Day weekend,…

Six Weeks Is Not Enough, but It’s a Start

There are only three countries in the entire world without mandatory paid maternity leave policies…

Staying at Home versus Returning to Work – There’s No Right or Wrong

What an amazing and rewarding time we had at our April Stay-at-Home vs. Working Parent Discussion Group …