Fairygodboss of the Week: Madhura DasGupta Sinha

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Photo Courtesy of Madhura DasGupta Sinha.

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April 16, 2024 at 11:53AM UTC
Madhura DasGupta Sinha worked in banking for over 25 years before starting the start up of her professional dreams at the age of 50. 
"I was worried whether I would be able to live the start-up life (with limited resources) at 50," she told Fairygodboss. "But I realized — life begins at 50!"
The start up in question — her passion project turned mighty organization — is called Aspire For Her. It's mission? To motivate young women to enter and stay in the workforce. 
"We are all trying to build something new and trying to change the diversity equation of our country, India," she said. "Our members, mentors, ambassadors, partners and supporters are all driven by the intrinsic motivation to change the trajectory for women... It is not just a company, but a movement!"
Recently, Madhura shared more about her journey to founder, how she keeps her professional life running and how she makes time to relax. She also shared more about Aspire For Her's important mission — and how she and her partners are working to achieve it. 
Tell us a little about your career. How did you get where you are now?
I have been a banker for 25 years with ANZ Grindlays, Standard Chartered and IDFC Bank. On March 8, 2020 — Women's Day —I launched my social start-up Aspire For Her to motivate young women to enter and stay in the workforce.

What's an accomplishment that you are proud of?

I am proud of the fact that I am living my purpose through Aspire For Her, and we are transforming lives every day.

What's a challenge that you've faced and overcome?

Having led large teams in banking, I was worried whether I would be able to live the start-up life (with limited resources) at 50, but I realized — life begins at 50!

What's the No. 1 career tip that you'd like to share with other women?

Never ever give up on your career — nothing is worth it!

Why do you love where you work?

We are all trying to build something new and trying to change the diversity equation of our country, India. Our members, mentors, ambassadors, partners and supporters are all driven by the intrinsic motivation to change the trajectory for women in India. It is not just a company, but a movement!

Who is your Fairygodboss? Why?

I loved the story behind Fairygodboss founders, Georgene and Romy. They inspired me to start Aspire For Her!

What do you do when you're not working?

Dreaming of traveling to new countries, once we have beaten the virus!

If you could have dinner with one famous person — dead or alive — who would it be?

RBG.

What's your favorite movie?

"The Pursuit of Happyness."

What book would you bring with you on a deserted island?

One with lots of food photos.

What's your go-to self care activity?

Netflix!

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