Her Second Innings – Logo Announcement for WOW Foundation!

  A proud moment for Her Second Innings team and community, as we officially come under the Section 8, Not for Profit enterprise – World of Opportunities for Women Foundation (WOW Foundation). An enterprise created “By Women, For Women” with a vision to empower women from all walks of life, by creating opportunities in career, entrepreneurship and personal growth to take them to the next level.   Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK) Contribution: Her Second Innings, partnered with Spastics Society of Karnataka for a Logo design workshop. An activity for the children of SSK to engage and show their creative talent. With support and guidance from faculty of SSK, children worked in teams to create some of the best designs. Their enthusiasm, creativity and team work is commendable. Thank you SSK, for your valuable contribution.   Logo Design Journey: The final logo for WOW foundation has evolved from creativity of Spastics Society Of Karnataka’s talented children. We retained their original thought and creativity in the final logo design.   Meaning of the Logo:   “She defines her world with purpose and determination to carve out a niche for herself as a bold and independent woman.”   Promise of Her Second Innings: As part of WOW Foundation, Her Second Innings is dedicated to providing women professionals with a platform to fulfil their career aspirations by enhancing their skills with our training and internship programs, networking using our mentor/ mentee program, career advice from our experts,  job assignments and placement assistance. We […]

Sitting on Your Talent?

  Decisions Determine Destiny – Thomas S. Monson   All individuals have talents, things they have natural aptitude and skill in. However, individuals often times do not utilize their talents.   This waste of aptitude is not only a disservice to individuals in question, but it is a disservice to their respective communities.   Having talents and either not having an outlet to channel them, or having no desire to channel them, has far reaching consequences that affect more than the potentially talented individual.   For example, consider an individual who is exceptionally gifted in science and with proper training could become a doctor that could save many lives. However, she thinks of science as a trivial subject and pursues a career as an acrobat. This individual’s entire life will be spent training for something that is not her natural talent.   Of course, with practice this individual could become a very good acrobat, but the time and energy spent to become an acrobat is tenfold that of which she would have used had she trained to become a doctor.   This is not to say that becoming a doctor is easy, or that the world does not need acrobats. The point is that if the talent is present do not brush it to the side. Do not simply think, “oh I’m good at it, but it is not for me.” You have the talent for a reason, do not undersell its importance.   Often time’s individuals will bounce from […]

One Simple Step to Realize Your Potential

Image: www.nlen.org Author: Manjula Dharmalingam, Founder – Her Second Innings, Women Empowerment Evangelist, US State / Fortune 500 Global Mentee. We keep hearing about lay-offs in top corporate in recent times. We are to some extent okay to read about it as news, but if it hits us at an individual level, the immediate response is to find solutions and take quick actions. So how to overcome a situation like that, do you wonder? I would like to share my story it might be helpful.   Although I did not become a victim to recession, I am a victim of myself, ” I cannot enjoy the same job for long years”. (My LinkedIn profile is the proof 🙂 – I call it ‘Frequent self-recession”)   Every time when I reach tipping point of frustration or unhappiness, one simple step has helped me so far which is – Taking a ‘U Turn’ and reflecting on “what did I enjoy and what will make me happy“. This reflection helped me to leave my promotion from IBM and start a fresh page as an entrepreneur just so I can be on my own to explore what I like.   How to decide and navigate the path is the next question..? may be some pointers given here to ponder. I request all of you to share thoughts and action so that we add value to our readers who are currently reading this blog. Simple act of sharing is caring 🙂   Before starting the […]

Women’s Day Special – Her Second Innings Featured Article By Networked India

  Sheryl Sandberg famously said “Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder”. In essence she was saying one’s career is a journey and can grow linearly, laterally or take off on a tangent too! Today we have more women engaged in the workforce than ever before. While workplace gender diversity may not be where we would like it to, it is improving. Part of this is attributable to the scores of women who are actively choosing to return to careers or forge new ones after taking a sabbatical. However, returning to the workplace poses numerous challenges to women. Her Second Innings (HSI), co-founded by Manjula Dharmalingam, is a platform dedicated to helping women return from a break and do so with confidence! Her own life is pretty anecdotal in this aspect. When Manjula decided to start HSI she did so with friends who had similar ideas and aspirations. While she had her share of naysayers, questioning the ability of a career IT woman to start a social enterprise, she believed in herself and her family backed her decision wholeheartedly. Thus, having set up Her Second Innings in 2014, Manjula and her team spent 2015 reaching out to clients and creating awareness about the platform. But 2016 is when the portal really took off and all the hard work and efforts came to fruition. Now, HSI is in a recognisable position and companies approach them to put up their job and role requirements and hire women for these position via […]

Job Expectation – POLL

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Times of India – Start Up Stories: Featuring Her Second Innings

Times of India, All India Edition ~ Sunday Times 12th February 2017 : Featuring Her Second Innings – Founder/ Director Manjula Dharmalingam, along with other organisations with a vision to empower women professionals. Please click on this link to view the article: 2017 12 02 ToI All India Edition    

10 Top Traits Of Successful Corporate Women

  Image: www.glocal.net Successful Corporate Women –  What sets them apart? Most successful women have these few traits in common:   They do not dwell on their gender – they just get on with it.   They leverage their natural “female” instincts – Using their intuition and empathy they are able to quickly assess the environment around them, build relationships with people across levels and they are not afraid to show their sensitive side when required which makes them “human” and likeable.   Their natural inclination is to be perfectionists and they can be very tough managers. However, they have learnt to trade their need for perfection and detail for the sake of the bigger picture. They understand that getting a couple of big ticket items mostly right is wiser and more beneficial to the organization and all stakeholders than getting a number of small things exactly right.   They work extremely hard and put in long hours but never verbalize how hard they work. They may also work in a non traditional manner outside the 9 am to 6 pm schedule. They may start their day much earlier or log in to their email after their kids have gone to bed. They are committed to their job BUT they do not feel the need to verbalize their commitment. They recognize that others may stay late at work because they start work late, take multiple breaks and waste a lot of time during work but these women have a life […]

Be Enterprising, Creative & Courageous to Pursue Your Dreams!

  Image: wisdom-trek.com   An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an old decrepit part of town and sees a new housing development. An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.   To be enterprising is to keep your eyes open and your mind active. It’s to be skilled enough, confident enough, creative enough and disciplined enough to seize opportunities that present themselves… regardless of the economy.   A person with an enterprising attitude says, “Find out what you can before action is taken.” Do your homework. Do the research. Be prepared. Be resourceful. Do all you can in preparation of what’s to come.   Enterprising people always see the future in the present. Enterprising people always find a way to take advantage of a situation, not be burdened by it. And enterprising people aren’t lazy. They don’t wait for opportunities to come to them, they go after the opportunities. Enterprise means always finding a way to keep yourself actively working toward your ambition.   Enterprise is two things. The first is creativity. You need creativity to see what’s out there and to shape it to your advantage. You need creativity to look at the world a little differently. You need creativity to take a different approach, to be different.   What goes hand-in-hand with the creativity of enterprise is the second requirement: […]