Success means… believing in yourself.

Three adjectives that deserve me are… ambitious, bold, persistent.

You can’t run a business without… Being prepared for resistance and hearing the word “no”… a lot!

In the next 10 years I will be… a role model for women and men to live their lives and work justly, without fear of failure or of taking the plunge to live their dreams.

We do a terrible job of helping people launch their families in this country—the U.S. is the only developed country in the world without a mandatory parental leave policy, and the numbers of re-entrants into the workforce has gone down. Uma wants to help change that.

I had been a Goldman Sachs banker and a pharmaceutical exec with more than 15 years of experience, but when I thought of re-entering the workforce after taking four years off to raise my children, it was like none of that had ever happened.

As a Brit from London, with heritage from Assam, India, I couldn’t help but notice the startling differences with not only re-entry of women in the workforce, but the perception of motherhood in general in this country. Arguably, we have a broken system in the US and I want to fix it.

So I created Uma, a platform to bring talented women back to the workforce after a career break, through educational Uma Academy workshops, curated Umaship job placements and our Party with a Purpose networking events.

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