Rajani Seshadri and Rani Muralidharan founded indePenn for Indian women needing a little bit of help, a little advice, and a little support in finding employment after taking a career break.
Both women had noticed, throughout each of their careers spanning 30 years, that many of their educated and successful colleagues were increasingly leaving the workforce for various reasons - marriage, motherhood, childcare, eldercare etc. And that when these women wanted to re-enter the world of work after the break, they faced a challenging path back to employment.
They've come to realize the very real need to create a community of support for professional women who wanted to return to work and relaunch their careers. And want to enable women to apply to workplaces where they can lead and succeed at the office, as well as enjoy a fulfilling family life.
Could they create pathways to help a woman on a career break upskill herself and rebuild her confidence? Could they enable her to monetise her education and thereby prevent the loss of educated, experienced and energetic women from India’s talent pool? And, could this also help to address the talent crunch that India Inc faces? These are the questions IndePenn was created to answer.
Meet the founders
Rani is a Chartered Accountant by training and an entrepreneur by inclination. She has over 30 years of hands-on experience in Manufacturing in the Thermal Power, Infrastructure and Auto Components industries.
As an active member of Confederation of Indian Industry & Indian Women Network, Rani has held several positions
Chairperson of CII – Trichy Zone
Chair – Women Empowerment, CII National MSME Council
Founder member – Indian Women Network
Women empowerment is a passion she has nurtured all through her life. She has held leadership positions in non-governmental organisations that positively impact the lives of women.
Women Entrepreneurs Association of Tamil Nadu, uplifting hundreds of women from grass root to being economically independent and self-sufficient.
Menstrual Hygiene Management Consortium, playing a key role in aggregating all the initiatives being taken towards health and hygiene of women and girl children.
As an active Rotarian, who believes in the ‘spirit of service’, she has executed projects for the well-being of girl children, transgenders & senior citizens.
She has forayed into this space yet again, as the Founder Director of indePenn Connections Pvt Ltd, a company that guides professional women on break, to get back to the world of work.
Rajani is an accredited Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach and a CEO Coach by Coaching Foundation India. As an Executive Coach, she has helped CXOs & senior managers level up their leadership behaviours that have accelerated their career growth.
Over 3 decades, she has built profitable businesses for TCS, in Europe and globally for telecom companies. As a people-focused leader, she has led multi-cultural teams of over 3,000 across 45 locations, nurtured inclusiveness, and championed gender diversity.
Rajani co-founded ‘indePenn Connections’, an organisation committed to providing resources, support, and a helping hand to women who wish to return to work. She believes that
“Every woman has the right to be gainfully employed” and
“Work should be designed to suit evolving life circumstances”
Her key accomplishments:
• Chairperson – Indian Women Network (IWN) Southern Region 2020-2021
• Member – National Council IWN
• Invited Speaker on Telecom, Leadership and Gender Diversity – 20 years
• Founder member – Indian Women Network (IWN)
• Active member of Confederation of Indian Industry
• Recognised as ‘Outstanding Woman Manager’ by Madras Management Association (2004)
• Featured in several “Influential Women in IT” lists