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Ms. Neeta Murthy

Achiever's Success Story

Breaking Barriers and Rekindling Careers

Early in her career as an oilfield services engineer, Neeta Murthy was often the lone woman amidst a sea of men on oil rigs and in corporate meetings. Rather than letting this daunting environment deter her, Neeta harnessed her determination and resolve, using these experiences as stepping stones toward her remarkable journey in the world of business and leadership.

As Neeta progressed in her career, she couldn’t help but notice the alarming absence of women advancing alongside her. This gender imbalance isn’t unique to her story; it’s a pervasive issue in the workplace where, despite efforts for gender parity, the number of women steadily declines as you ascend the corporate ladder.

Neeta Murty embarked on a remarkable career journey, beginning with a stint at Schlumberger’s Paris Headquarters, where she worked closely with the C-suite team. She then dedicated two years to pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business School in the United States. Over the course of the next decade, Neeta thrived in various roles at Schlumberger, including Consulting, Sales, Marketing, Operations Planning, and Line Management across Europe and Asia.

Her last role at Schlumberger was as Vice President for the South-East Asia region. Eventually, Neeta made the challenging decision to depart from the company to follow her true passion. Her 18-year career at Schlumberger, marked by global mobility and collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds, proved to be an immensely enriching and fulfilling experience.

Today, Neeta is the visionary behind “Rekindle,” a ground-breaking program designed to empower women across industries. Rekindle blends technology with learning and development to help women build essential business skills and mind-sets. “Women have a lot of untapped potential that needs to be harnessed with the right training,” Neeta emphasizes. This program, based on behavioural science and developed in collaboration with neuroscientists and industry professionals, initiates change from within.

Rekindle’s success speaks for itself, boasting an impressive 81% completion rate. At the end of the 12-month program, women report enhanced navigation of workplace challenges, a more positive work environment, and a demonstrable display of leadership behaviors.

Rekindle collaborates with global companies committed to investing in and developing their female workforce, thus setting the stage for women’s success. The program has garnered glowing praise from its participants, who describe it as “enriching,” “life-transforming,” and “a practical handbook to improve your ability to contribute and be heard.”

Neeta Murthy’s story is one of resilience, empowerment, and a commitment to leveling the playing field for women in the workforce. Throughout her career, she conquered barriers with unwavering determination, and now, she’s empowering others to do the same. Neeta has turned the challenges that once obstructed her path into a well-defined trail for future generations of women. Her story is not just about breaking barriers; it’s about “Rekindle”ing the aspirations and ambitions of countless women worldwide.

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