Sairee Chahal: A sense of identity

Paramita Chatterjee
Published: Mar 6, 2017 06:15:31 AM IST
Updated: Mar 14, 2017 05:16:55 PM IST

Based in Delhi, I track developments both in corporate and economy sectors. In a career spanning since 2003, I track developments pertaining to M&A, PE/VC, startups and healthcare. Prior to joining Forbes, I have had stints with The Economic Times, Businessworld, India Today and Indian Express. I am also a guest faculty at The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (Dhenkenal) where I deliver part-time lectures to young aspiring journalists and teach them the practical side of reporting and editing. And when not working, I love to travel and spend time with my fawn Labrador.


When Sairee Chahal, 40, founded Sheroes in 2014, her idea was to bring about a change in the professional lives of women who had taken a career break because of rigid work formats and lack of flexible options. “Not all women can break the glass ceiling and reach the top,” says Chahal, an alumnus of IMT Ghaziabad, who also holds an MPhil from the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

“Several women are forced to give up a fulfilling career in the short to middle term. It’s important to provide them the required opportunities to resume work,” says Chahal. At Sheroes, a women-focussed job portal, she connects corporates to female talent and provides information on a mix of work opportunities—full-time, flexible, internships or projects. In August 2016, the startup raised series A capital from a host of funds, including Gurugram-based Lumis Partners. Today, it has an employee headcount of 75—all women.

Not all women can break the glass ceiling and reach the top.

In the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem, participation of women is still low. Given that perspective, Sairee is not only a path-breaker for herself, but also a torchbearer for others to follow,” says Geetika Dayal, executive director, TiE Delhi NCR. “It’s nice to see women coming forward to help other women create their identity.”

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