Rita Kakati Shah started her career at Goldman Sachs in London, where she has been a dedicated advocate for diversity and equality issues in the workplace. She was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Citizenship and Diversity Award for her outstanding contributions during her 10-year career at the firm. After a segue into the healthcare industry, Rita moved to New York City, took a career break to raise her children and now helms Uma, a company whose mission is empowering women to succeed at life and work after a career break or transition. Uma holds networking events that allow attendees to share valuable stories, lessons and contacts, and be part of a supportive community. Uma Academy workshops help polish skills in a constantly changing work environment, providing practical tools, clear career direction and emotional support. Finally, Umaships are curated job experiences with select companies across diverse fields, that help bridge the gap between current lifestyles and return to work. With offices in New York, London, and San Francisco, the community continues to grow every day. Rita has created an international movement by identifying pain points and challenging the status quo. From income disparity to paid family leave, she is not afraid of asking tough questions and making bold suggestions to help women succeed in life every day. Rita also advises companies on diversity, inclusion and retention strategy, and is a regular speaker at global events.
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