Who You Are

You have a hard earned college degree from one of the top colleges anywhere in the world or in India. Or you have had years of work experience at a world class company.

You are an invaluable source of talent for corporate India. You bring a strong skill-set, a proven work record, and have rich life experience to contribute. You opted out, now you want to get back in.

Pay it forward – International Women’s Day 2018

Alarming statistic – Women account for only 17% of senior management positions. In a world where girls have been consistently outperforming boys at school – the end result looks quite different!

This is not because not enough women are qualified to lead companies and businesses. Statistics from leading universities, business and law Schools all indicate that graduating batches have always had female representation. This means, along the way, qualified women are stepping aside. Or worse, giving up.

24% of women are less likely to get advice from senior leaders than their male counterparts. Mentoring has a direct correlation with growth and studies have repeatedly shown that there are immeasurable gains to be made when mid to senior level employees are mentored and trained to lead.

At My Second Act, we have been fortunate to have had mentors, both men and women who have had an indelible impact on our careers and lives. Now more than ever, we need to work together to forge connections and foster an environment that is conducive to building effective and productive relationships.

So with March 8 being International Women’s Day, we have decided to #payitforward.
The philosophy of #payitforward is that through acts of kindness among strangers, we all foster a more caring society.

All of this month at My Second Act we are paying it forward, committing to mentoring more women and encouraging women to own their choices. Check out our FB and Instagram pages for more details.

Who We Are

Gauri Subramanium

Gauri studied Law at NUJS, Kolkata. After completing the integrated B.A./L.L.B. (Hons.) program, Gauri went on to get a Masters in Law from Cornell Law School and her license to practise law in the State of New York. She worked at the Centre for Reproductive Rights in New York City as an international human rights litigator. After moving back to India, she worked at Karanjawala & Co. in Delhi before taking time off to have babies and focus on her family. Her career as a lawyer has spanned over a decade, during which Gauri has clerked for a Judge, worked in international advocacy and fought many a hard battle in Indian Courts. She is now in private practice and is committed to changing the way the rules are written for women in general and mothers in particular.

Taking a few years off has been a life-altering experience that has let her really discover what brings her joy. Gauri thinks every woman deserves a chance at self- discovery and this is a choice that must be made by the woman herself and not for her. A straight-up homebody, the way to Gauri’s heart is through a great bottle of wine and pizza. She finds cooking her personal form of therapy and does one thing every year that scares her. On a good day she is in her office juggling her caseload with her kids’ packed schedules. On a bad day, she is definitely cooking. On the best days, she is eating gelato and building castles on the beach with her kids.

Aparna Maroo Jain

Aparna went to the London School of Economics, and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). She worked with Deloitte, London for 3 years before moving to Delhi. After a stint as an entrepreneur, Aparna was SVP – Leadership Development with a specialist training company that worked with several investment banks, the Big 4 and leading MNC’s in India. She has facilitated and trained over 4000 people on leadership courses, behavioural and soft skills as well as exam based accountancy papers for ACCA and ICAEW. She also works as an Executive Coach to help people achieve their goals. After her daughter was four years old, and just before her son was born, she realised that with the gruelling schedule of work – she had to make choices. She moved to freelancing within the same industry and after marking out the blackout days (Annual day, Concerts, sports days….) she then filled up her calendar with work commitments.

Aparna loves to travel, is a wildlife enthusiast and chocoholic. Her constant battles are with the other part of herself (!) that took her to running half marathons a few years ago. She co-started the Chatter Matter Book club for children in 2015 with the objective of getting children to form and articulate opinions and learning to love reading.  Aparna is a keen observer of the “Leaning In” vs. “Leaning Out” debate and can passionately argue for both sides. It is her personal belief though that choice is key and her mission is to empower women to abandon their self limiting beliefs and own their choices.

Gauri Subramanium

Read About Gauri

Gauri studied Law at NUJS, Kolkata. After completing the integrated B.A./L.L.B. (Hons.) program, Gauri went on to get a Masters in Law from Cornell Law School and her license to practise law in the State of New York. She worked at the Centre for Reproductive Rights in New York City as an international human rights litigator. After moving back to India, she worked at Karanjawala & Co. in Delhi before taking time off to have babies and focus on her family. Her career as a lawyer has spanned over a decade, during which Gauri has clerked for a Judge, worked in international advocacy and fought many a hard battle in Indian Courts. She is now in private practice and is committed to changing the way the rules are written for women in general and mothers in particular.

Taking a few years off has been a life-altering experience that has let her really discover what brings her joy. Gauri thinks every woman deserves a chance at self- discovery and this is a choice that must be made by the woman herself and not for her. A straight-up homebody, the way to Gauri’s heart is through a great bottle of wine and pizza. She finds cooking her personal form of therapy and does one thing every year that scares her. On a good day she is in her office juggling her caseload with her kids’ packed schedules. On a bad day, she is definitely cooking. On the best days, she is eating gelato and building castles on the beach with her kids.

Aparna Maroo Jain

Read About Aparna

Aparna went to the London School of Economics, and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). She worked with Deloitte, London for 3 years before moving to Delhi. After a stint as an entrepreneur, Aparna was SVP – Leadership Development with a specialist training company that worked with several investment banks, the Big 4 and leading MNC’s in India. She has facilitated and trained over 4000 people on leadership courses, behavioural and soft skills as well as exam based accountancy papers for ACCA and ICAEW. She also works as an Executive Coach to help people achieve their goals. After her daughter was four years old, and just before her son was born, she realised that with the gruelling schedule of work – she had to make choices. She moved to freelancing within the same industry and after marking out the blackout days (Annual day, Concerts, sports days….) she then filled up her calendar with work commitments. Aparna loves to travel, is a wildlife enthusiast and chocoholic. Her constant battles are with the other part of herself (!) that took her to running half marathons a few years ago. She co-started the Chatter Matter Book club for children in 2015 with the objective of getting children to form and articulate opinions and learning to love reading.  Aparna is a keen observer of the “Leaning In” vs. “Leaning Out” debate and can passionately argue for both sides. It is her personal belief though that choice is key and her mission is to empower women to abandon their self limiting beliefs and own their choices.

We can drive change only together.

Life experience matters.

Parenting significantly augments a skill-set.

There should never be a motherhood penalty.

Own your choices.

Let's be the best versions of ourselves.