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A suc­cess­ful char­tered ac­count and mother of two, Vishakha RM, 50, has carved a niche for her­self in the non-life in­sur­ance sec­tor in the last 25 years. “It wasn’t easy to con­tinue work­ing af­ter both my chil­dren were born. Di­vid­ing my at­ten­tion be­tween work and fam­ily was dif­fi­cult and there were times when I was ready to quit my job. My mother, how­ever, en­cour­aged me to keep on go­ing. Even­tu­ally, I fig­ured out how to strike the right life-work bal­ance,” says Vishakha. Not only did she con­tinue with her work, she also went on to play an in­stru­men­tal part in set­ting up the ban­cas­sur­ance (a part­ner­ship be­tween bank and in­sur­ance com­pany) chan­nel for Birla Sun Life In­sur­ance and IDBI Federal Life In­sur­ance. Hav­ing over­come the strug­gles of be­ing a work­ing mother, she is now keen to lend a help­ing hand to other women at the workplace. “Women are an im­por­tant part of the work­force. Not only are they ca­pa­ble of work­ing ex­tremely hard, but they also bring with them a hu­mane touch to ev­ery project they un­der­take. To en­cour­age their ca­reer, I think it’s im­por­tant to not just pro­vide them with flex­i­ble tim­ings and ad­e­quate ma­ter­nity leave, but also to of­fer the same to men who have work­ing part­ners,” says Vishakha.

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