Diversity & Inclusion Strategist, Keynote Speaker, Empowerment Coach & Mentor,
International Advisor, Guest Lecturer & Author
Hello, I’m Rita Kakati-Shah. Welcome to my website!
I’m an entrepreneur, businesswoman, and lifelong community volunteer, who is passionate about my family, and the world we live in. I was born and raised in London, have heritage from Assam, and live in New York City. I’ve spent more than two decades leading teams, advising corporations and policymakers, and empowering future generations and leaders through keynote talks, trainings and mentoring.
On January 7th, 2022, I was honored with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award by US President Joe Biden for demonstrating a lifelong commitment to voluntary service. In 2021 I was named one of the top Global Women in Leadership by the Global Council for the Promotion of International Trade, and am a three-time winner of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and judge for the Middle East Awards. I am also a Distinguished Alumna of King’s College London and serve on the Advisory Council of King’s Business School.
I care deeply about gender equality, diversity and inclusion, and thrive on creating cultures of belonging where everyone feels valued. As a former finance and healthcare professional, I founded Uma in response to my personal journey, to empower unshakable confidence, inspire success, and build leadership and resilience in women and minorities around the world.
My goal is to empower others to feel empowered, confident, and have that inner “Goddess of Go-Getting” shine through!
Learn more about the work I do below and stay to up-to-date with my latest book which launched on March 8th, 2022, International Women’s Day, The Goddess of Go-Getting!
The Goddess of Go-Getting
Rita has authored books on empowerment, business, and diversity and inclusion. Her latest book, The Goddess of Go-Getting, was launched on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2022, by the Consul General of India in New York, Mr. Randhir Jaiswal.
The book has already made headlines by becoming a best seller in three independent categories on Amazon! Click below to stay up to date with the latest!