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"Unless women are holding up half the sky with their hands, India won't progress sufficiently." - Zia Mody

by Gunjan Jain on October 12, 2017

You get to see Zia at her passionate and oratorical best when she is making a case for the empowerment of Indian women. Women, she articulates, are natural debaters and phenomenal multi-taskers, which make them excellent negotiators.

Uncrowned queen of corporate counsels, she is a perfect example of what a woman can achieve when she sets her mind to it. Cambridge University, Harvard Law School and a New York State attorney, her academic pedigree is formidable. As is the client list at Indian second largest law firm, AZB, a firm she co-founded. Every major Indian corporation is represented and every bright young lawyer wants a chance to work with her.

She encourages women to become lawyers --over 40% of AZB’s lawyers are women.

A hard taskmaster, she is constantly pushing – especially herself – to set a scorching pace. So hard does she work that people often ask ‘How does she do it?’ -- Maybe it is her Bahai faith, the long hours she spent learning from her legal luminary father Soli Sorabjee or her natural proclivity to prove herself in a man’s world. Today she is acknowledged as a rainmaker to multi-million dollar deals and no corporate CEO makes a move without her strategic counsel.

Read more about Zia Mody, especially her pet cause of educating and uplifting women in rural areas, in She Walks, She Leads, the compilation of women achievers.

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