Shruti Mehta is a lawyer with about two decades of corporate law experience. She has made a mark in corporates across sectors and has worked with Amarchand Mangaldas, GE Capital and Disney.
Shruti is a woman with a spine of steel, yet has a warm heart. She straddles professional and personal life with equal grace and exudes positivity in all walks of life.
Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do professionally?
I am a lawyer and currently, I am the Principal Counsel at Disney, South East Asia. I completed my graduate studies from Government Law College, Mumbai.
While I am currently living and working in Singapore, Mumbai has always been home to me.
Besides work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy reading, both fiction and non fiction.
I also enjoy activities that are fun yet challenging, like puzzles. Word game and puzzles are a lot of fun. So are number based puzzles. I love solving Sudoku and do that almost every day!
Is there any childhood instance that has shaped you?
When I was 17 years old, I had a conversation with my dad regarding making a career choice. I told him that I wanted to be an anthropologist or a nature trek instructor. Whilst he listened to me patiently and he told me that those were ‘hobbies’ and if I aspired to be an independent woman, I should to take up a career path that pays me well.
And thus, I ended up choosing law.
I know that anthropology, nature walks and law are not related, but that is just how it was for me when I was 17 years old. If I could not be an anthropologist or a nature trekker, I would be a lawyer. I am now a lawyer!
What does success mean to you?
To me, success is enjoying what you do and being so good at your job that you make a mark for yourself and are known for the quality of work that you deliver. This can only happen when you are passionate about your work and it is not rank and money that drives you; your driving force is the love for what you do!
What traits would you recommend young women to develop to be able to succeed in today’s world?
There is a thin line between being honest and being rude. You are entitled to have your opinion, but you do not have to express it always. You need to be cognizant of how your actions and words will effect others.
You need to learn to pick your battles. Not everything is worth your time and energy. Learn to express your opinion at the right place, at the right time and in the right manner.
Lastly, and most importantly, get over the herd mentality. Create, respect and love your own individuality.
Ethiko salutes the individuality of women!