Speaking Engagements

Uma’s Founder, Rita Kakati-Shah, is an award-winning, internationally recognized author, and speaker at global events. She has opined on diversity, inclusion and empowerment strategies as well as company best practices.

Topics have included: diversity and inclusion; gender and racial equality; gender investing; women’s empowerment; confidence, negotiation and leadership of women and minorities; successful communications; sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace; career progression for women in the workforce and return to the workforce after a career transition.

Audiences span international corporations, academic institutions and global policy forums, as well as military veterans and survivors of domestic violence.

Rita has co-authored books on women in business and diversity and inclusion. Visit her author page here.

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    Recent / Upcoming Talks

    November 26, 2020: Woman Who Matters, Moscow, Russia: Inclusive Leadership Panel Discussion

    November 24, 2020: Women Influence Community, Zambia, Africa: Opening Welcome Keynote to introduce Diversity and Inclusion for Women in Business and Girls in STEM

    October 29, 2020: Jostle, Vancouver, Canada: What Decency Has to do with Dialog, Panel Discussion

    October 28, 2020: FemTalent, London: Global Think Tank for Women in Business and Technology

    October 21, 2020: Hello Career Guru, New York: Taking Control of Your Next Career Move in Today’s Marketplace

    October 21, 2020: St. George’s Society of New York, New York: Let’s Talk About Race, Navigating Race in the Workplace, Panel Discussion

    October 6, 2020: IIM Shillong, Meghalaya, India – PGPEX-MBEE, Guest Lecture, iLead Webinar: Communication and Presentation Skills for the Managers and Leaders of Tomorrow

    September 17, 2020: Carne Group, Dublin, IrelandPerspectives Interview with Rita Kakati-Shah

    September 15, 2020: National EAP, Long IslandGetting Started: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, Panel Discussion

    September 1, 2020: TiE New York, New York – Featured Guest Speaker on Global Entrepreneurship, Confidence and Successful Scaling of Businesses

    August 30, 2020: Amazing NamastE, Assam, India – Keynote on being a Global Businesswoman, Assamese heritage and London life

    August 26, 2020: Women Influence Community, Ritz, Paris – Tribute to Coco Chanel, in celebration of Coco Chanel’s Birthday

    May 28, 2020: University of Southern California, Los Angeles – Keynote – Alumni Toolkit, Unleashing your Trojan Network

    May 11, 2020: Angelo Gordon, New York – Keynote – Communication, Confidence and Leadership for Women in the Workplace

    May 6, 2020: Knopman Marks Financial Training, New York – Masterclass on Creating Unshakable Confidence to meet any Challenge Head-on

    April 2, 2020: University of Southern California, Los Angeles – Guest Lecture to Marshall School of Business Students: The Communications Process – The Power of Presence, Presentation and Pitching

    April 1, 2020: University of Southern California, Los Angeles – Masterclass to Undergraduate Students: How to Work for a Mission-driven and Socially Conscious International Organization

    March 10, 2020: Women in Business, London Business School, London – Masterclass – Confidence, Communications and Leadership

    March 9, 2020: Gidea Park College, London – International Women’s Day, Empowering Talk to Form V and VI Girls

    March 6, 2020: Women in Business, London Business School, London – Keynote – International expert – Diversity, Gender Bias and Inclusion in Business

    March 3, 2020: Forest School, London – Keynote – National Careers Week and International Women’s Day, Motivational Talk to Year 12 and 13 Girls and Boys

    February 12, 2020: Association for Talent Development, Long Island City – Keynote – Diversity, Inclusion and Why you should Retain your Employees

    December 18, 2019: WSJ Podcasts, Secrets of Wealthy Women, New York – Expert Guest – How to Jump Start your Career in 2020

    December 12, 2019: Columbus Desi Radio, Ohio – Radio Guest – Tips for Returning to Work After a Career Transition

    November 13, 2019: KCL Women in Leadership, London – Fireside Chat: Pitching and Presence in the Boardroom, Tackling Imposter Syndrome, Recognizing Unconscious Bias and Including Men as Allies

    November 12, 2019: King’s Maths School, London – Keynote: The Role of Mathematics in the Career Trajectory of Finance to Healthcare to Entrepreneurship

    November 11, 2019: King’s College London Business Club, London – Special Guest Speaker: Confidence, Career Aspirations and Career Strategy

    October 17, 2019: Fordham Law School, New York – Women in Urban Law Leadership Initiative: Chaired the panel discussion on job interviews and the salary history ban, CLE credit 1.0

    October 16, 2019: European Parliament, Brussels – Presentation: UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5, Gender Equality

    October 15, 2019: Living Tomorrow, Brussels Keynote: Increasing Women’s Influence Impacts the Global Economy

    October 13, 2019: University of Southern California, Los Angeles – Guest Lecture to MBA Students: Why Businesses and Leadership Need Diversity and Inclusion

    October 11, 2019: University of Southern California, Los Angeles – Masterclass to Undergraduate students: How to Work for a Mission-driven and Socially Conscious International Organization

    October 2, 2019: JCC, New York – Chaired the Discussion on Balancing Family with Success at Work

    September 24, 2019: New York University (NYU Steinhardt), New York – Guest Lecture to Postgraduate students: The Communications Process – The Power of Presence, Presentation and Pitching

    September 23, 2019: NPower, New York – Executive Women in Tech Roundtable | EY Wavespace

    September 5, 2019: ACP Women Veterans, New York – Lead the Panel on Re-entering the workforce after the military

    August 25, 2019: Assam Day, Nottingham – Keynote on the Importance for Gender Parity across Cultures, Society and the Global Economy

    August 21, 2019: London Business School, London – Keynote on Successful Networking for Women at Work

    July 25, 2019: Avery Moms, New York – Keynote on Networking for Career Progression at Work

    July 24, 2019: JCC, New York – Introduced Sunset Soirée for Moms Networking Event

    July 23, 2019: Bottom Line, Brooklyn – Corporate Inclusivity Workshop. Clients included Blackrock, Citi, Viacom, Sirius, TransPerfect, Jopwell, Justworks, Raised By Us, Temasek, Change for Kids, AWISCO, Cases, cSPACE, Projects

    June 11, 2019: Hornchurch High School, London – Career Speed Dating, Advice to Year 7 and 8 Students

    June 10, 2019: King’s College London, London – “Stripped Back” Fireside Chat, Unfiltered

    June 5, 2019: PRWeek Hall of Femme, New York – The Comeback Trail Panel Discussion

    May 30, 2019: Montclare Children’s School, New York – Keynote on Tips, Techniques and Proactive Next Steps on Workforce Re-Entry

    May 9, 2019: Bloomberg, New York – Presentation and Panel Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion in InfoSec

    May 8, 2019: Luminary, New York – Lunch and Luminate motivational talk to members of the women-only co-working space, Luminary

    April 17, 2019: JCC, New York – Keynote on What it takes to be a Mother Seeking to Return to the Workforce after a Career Break or Transition

    April 9, 2019: What if…? New York – Lead the discussion with 3 power women on what if you were to wake up one day to find your world was turned upside down; would you be prepared?

    March 29, 2019: Women Influence Community, Ritz, Paris – Keynote on Changing the Narrative of Mothers in the Economy

    March 28, 2019: UNESCO, Paris – Speech on the Importance of Women as National Symbols

    March 8, 2019: Global Arts Kingston, London – International Women’s Day, Guest Speaker, Women Heroes

    March 8, 2019: King’s Entrepreneurial Institute, London – Mentoring Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs

    March 8, 2019: Tilney Group, London – International Women’s Day, Guest Speaker at Women’s Empowerment Luncheon

    March 8, 2019: Gidea Park College, London – International Women’s Day, Motivational Talk to Form V and VI Girls

    March 7, 2019: King’s College London Business Club, London – Fireside Chat on Building a Global Business

    March 6, 2019: Women in Finance, London – Keynote – International expert – Career strategies for women in finance

    February 11, 2019: Motivational Careers Talk to USC Students, Los Angeles – Fireside Chat – Preparation for the future – The Hidden Truth of Career Breaks

    January 10, 2019: ACP Women Veterans, New York – Keynote – Why Network and let’s practice!

    January 10, 2019: Return with Purpose Summit, New York – Expert on career reentry panel

    December 8, 2018: Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum, Sochi – International expert – Advice and guidance for Russian businesswomen

    November 15-16, 2018: Woman Who Matters, Moscow – International expert – Gender diversity and workplace strategy – Paving the Way Forward in Russia

    * Panel Discussion – Family Friendly Companies
    * Roundtable discussion – Mothers who are Businesswomen
    * Roundtable discussion – Women Communities as a Catalyst for Change

    October 23, 2018: South Asian and Indo Caribbean Bar Association of Queens – Keynote – Lead the CLE on workplace discrimination and sexual harassment

    October 20, 2018: 2018 Young Women’s Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, hosted by the USC Unruh Institute of Politics – Expert on women’s empowerment panel for politics and public policy

    October 17, 2018: 6th annual High Water Women Symposium in New York – Lead the powerful spotlight discussion on Gender Investing and what the research shows from the public equity, venture capital, private sector angles, and strategies for investing in women

    September 22, 2018: Lycée Français de New York, The University of Edinburgh and King’s College London – Study Abroad Student Ambassador – motivational words to inspire study abroad

    September 20, 2018: TV Asia Center Stage, New Jersey – Expert Panelist – Workforce gender diversity and women’s career specialist

    June 21, 2018: King’s College London, Tour of New York – Keynote – The Art of Networking and Building a Personal Brand

    June 18, 2018: King’s College London, Tour of San Francisco – Keynote – The Art of Networking and Building a Personal Brand

    May 24, 2018: Trojan Talk at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles – Expert Panelist – Women’s Empowerment in Los Angeles

    May 1, 2018: Baker Hostetler, New York – Keynote – Tips for successful return to work and career progression for women in law

    January 14, 2018: Career Progression and Balance, Madrid – Keynote – Tips and best practices for prominent ladies of Madrid

    August 22, 2017: Purist Magazine, Wellness Lunch in the Hamptons – Keynote – Empowering talk on balancing your career with your lifestyle and family.

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