A Devoted Leader
Having worked at some of the best professional services firms in the world as well as having interacted with multiple teams throughout her career, Nidhi believes that collaboration and supporting cognitive diversity are critical to a firm’s success. As a transformative leader, she feels that innovation starts with people, and it is important for organizations to create a safe environment supportive of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Within her organization, Nidhi encourages a culture where employees can share ideas, collaborate, and think out of the box. She states, “A great leader enables his or her team to be the “best version of themselves.” It is someone who supports an individual’s ability to capitalize on their strengths and take on new challenges, but also have the opportunity to improve their areas of development and grow personally and professionally.”
To Nidhi, a great leader should encourage colleagues to be open-minded towards appreciating cognitive diversity and other opinions to avoid unconscious bias in their train of thought and encourages people to take opportunities outside their comfort zone and learn new skill sets. When Nidhi joined TRC, she inherited a global team of 50 individuals to manage virtually. She started by asking all her team members what they were looking to get out of the experience and how they want to grow both personally and professionally.
She also feels that mentorship is critical to nurturing talent and supporting retention longer-term which further only reinforces a strong base of talent and a company’s competitive advantage. “After all, the most important asset for any services firm is its people,” states Nidhi.
As a generalist investor over the years, Nidhi has always enjoyed learning about new sectors and understanding business operations from different perspectives. Her diversified experiences across finance and strategy have helped shaped her multi-disciplinary approach toward sustainability. “Being intellectually curious to learn and grow as an advisor and investor has always been critical to my professional growth,” shares Nidhi.
As a growth investor, Nidhi has always appreciated the potential of technology to drive efficiency, and innovation and support disruptive change. She is always looking at new technology solutions to further support sustainability goals for both corporate and institutional investor clients.
Nidhi completed her MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In 2021, she was nominated as a finalist for the Next Generation Leader award at the Women in Asset Management Awards Series for her launch of Enzo Advisors.
Nidhi also serves on several advisory boards and investment committees at angel associations and venture funds. She has hosted numerous webinars related to ESG – related topics and has been featured across several media engagements including CNBC, the Women in Asset Management Summit, ESG Clarity magazine, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), ESG Today, and Venture Capital Journal.
Stepping towards Sustainability
As per Nidhi, sustainability is an all-encompassing concept to drive improvement across operations, and extends well beyond rules and regulations, to support organizational resiliency for the long term.
She states, “To build a more sustainable future, we not only need to focus on decarbonization planning and linking emerging technologies to finding solutions but need to think about the resiliency of those efforts which entails incorporating best-in-class human capital and social practices such as diversity, equity, and inclusion, to drive innovation and more collaboration.”
Looking ahead, Nidhi anticipates that we will see greater transparency, disclosure, and alignment across global frameworks in the near future, which also will help us become more aligned on what defines ESG and sustainability.