MEET MS PREETI GROVER - VICE CHAIRMAN OF NOIDA CHAPTER OF NIRC-ICSI
She has specialization in company law compliances, LODR compliances, secretarial audits for public and government companies.
She is an independent director of a listed company. She has done a certificate course for women directors by ICSI. Talking about her experience currently, she is Vice Chairman of Noida Chapter of NIRC-ICSI.
Focusing on life goals, Ms. Preeti always believes that to enhance the footstep in a career, one should always have good subject knowledge and good communication skills. These could be called as a key to success.
The multitasker also has achieved a lot in her with rigorous hard work and determination. The “never give up” attitude is flourished in her story. It is an immense pleasure for CLIQTAX to cover the story of Ms. Preeti Grover:
CT: PLEASE TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF, YOUR EXPERIENCE & JOURNEY SO FAR?
PG: I am born and brought up in a small town in Moga, Punjab. We shifted to Delhi due to unrest in Punjab in the eighties. My grandfather was shot dead by terrorists. It was difficult settling and studying in Delhi, initially. I joined the school in Delhi in the middle of the 9th class and had to work doubly hard to match up to Delhi students.
But I was determined to study and that was the only way to have a decent life. I completed my post-graduation in commerce and also graduated in law. I qualified as Company Secretary in the year 1996 and have an overall experience of nearly 24 years.
I started as Company Secretary with Havells India Limited, switched to Oriental Bank of Commerce as Specialist Officer -Board Sectt., and now I am in full-time practice as Company Secretary. The years of experience notwithstanding, I feel my journey is beginning now.
CT: AS A VICE CHAIRMAN OF NOIDA CHAPTER OF NIRC-ICSI, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE WILL BE IN THIS POSITION?
PG: I have been a faculty member at Noida Chapter earlier and have a long association with Noida Chapter. This year I got the responsibility as Vice Chairman of the Chapter, and in spite of the challenges faced this year because of the pandemic, we have continued our efforts to keep members abreast of the new changes and have been conducting regular webinars every week since April 2020.
Noida Chapter has conducted 25 webinars with faculty joining us from all over India. I wish to thank the Chairman and the team for their efforts which have made this possible.
The main challenge was training for students, but we have now successfully conducted many online trainings for students at Noida Chapter. Technology has helped us in a big way in managing everything. The challenges thrown by the pandemic continue to affect the normal working, and we are continuously trying to reinvent.
CT: WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST IMPORTANT IN A SECRETARIAL JOB?
PG: To be a successful professional, one must be focused and ready to work hard. Company Secretaries are governance professionals who follow the law in letter and spirit and not just a tick box approach.
Good knowledge of interpretation of laws, organizational, and planning skills along with good networking and communication skills are the most important in a Secretarial job.
Critical thinking skills and the ability to create solutions for business problems is helpful as a Company Secretary has to guide Board members on matters of good governance. Continuously updating one’s knowledge by reading, attending seminars, and interacting with experts in the profession is also necessary.
CT: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS KEY TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WORK ENVIRONMENT?
PG: A healthy work environment has to ensure that work is not stressful – a friendly atmosphere and understanding each other’s concerns is vital to a productive and efficient work environment.
The Company Secretary fraternity has adapted very well to the culture of work from home. A large number of company incorporations done since April 2020, slightly more than 2019 numbers goes to prove that.
CT: WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON A DAILY BASIS TO BUILD INTO OTHER LEADERS?
PG: A true leader is one who can encourage others to become leaders, to give juniors the freedom of making their own decisions and yet standing by them in case of mistakes.
I am making a conscious effort to encourage more young women to take up tasks outside their comfort level, to help develop them into speakers and professional trainers. Women are born multi-taskers, but sometimes they need to be motivated that they can achieve much more professionally by balancing their work and family life.
CT: WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES YOU HAVE FACED SO FAR AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
PG: Women, in general, face more challenges because of additional family responsibilities. I am no exception and I did make decisions/changes so that I can give a fair amount of time to my children.
I am not advocating my decisions as each person’s situation is different, but I never left the profession, even when I chose to leave a full-time job to start a practice of my own.
Even choosing to represent the CS fraternity and serve at Noida Chapter at my age was an unconventional decision, with mostly all chapter committees at ICSI all over India having young representatives but I felt age should not be a deterrent. I hope I can continue to do good work to inspire others to achieve their dreams at any age.
CT: CAN YOU DESCRIBE A TIME WHEN YOU HAVE HAD TO DELIVER NEGATIVE FEEDBACK?
PG: Sometimes situations do arise in professional life when you have to deliver negative feedback, but this should be done politely, making the other person understand the repercussions involved.
In my role as Vice Chairman, I have dealt many times with such situations when a person with an extremely good knowledge skillset is not able to connect with the audience. Over time, I have learned that it is better to convey constructive feedback so that the other person can get a chance of working on his shortcomings.
CT: WHAT DID YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR LAST COMPANY SECRETARY JOB AND WHAT DID YOU ENJOY LEAST?
PG: My last job was as Specialist Officer ( Company Secretary) in Oriental Bank of Commerce and I was posted in Board Secretariat at the Head Office. The best thing about the job was getting an overview of the working of the Bank all over India, as agenda matters used to come from all regions to Head Office.
Getting to deal with the Board of the Bank was a big plus. The Companies Act does not apply to banks, but listed banks have to comply with listing agreement compliances of Stock Exchanges. The red-tapism and slow movement of files is something I did not like that much. Overall, I had a good experience working with the Bank.
CT: WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU WANT TO CONVEY TO THE YOUNG ONES?
PG: My sincere advice to the young members and students would be to keep yourself updated with the latest business developments and changes in Government Policies. Reading as a habit goes a long way in keeping pace with the ever-changing business scenario.
The Chartered Secretary Journal published by ICSI, and all emails and updates being regularly sent by ICSI are a must-read. I would also like to request more young female members in coming forward to help ICSI, become trainers, and help the profession grow.
CT: AS A VICE CHAIRMAN, WHAT IS YOUR VISION AND MISSION IN LIFE?
PG: I want to work constructively to bring more glory, eminence, solidarity, and equal representation to the CS profession. Some projects that I want to work on is the renovation of the Chapter office and classroom, and up-gradation of the Library facility at Noida Chapter.
I want CS members to adopt Yoga as a part of their daily routine to keep fit and also for their holistic development. I made efforts to encourage female CS members for Women’s Run last year, to practice Yoga and share their yoga pictures, and also arranged a free online class on International Yoga Day this year.
My vision is to encourage more Female Company Secretaries to come back into the mainstream of the profession, to conduct Industry Interactions with female Company Secretaries at Noida Chapter, to explore avenues for flexible working hours and work from home options.
Noida Chapter did a webinar on ‘Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005’, the first time this topic was taken up at ICSI. Celebration of Women’s Day started at Chapter last year only – more topics concerning women and making them aware of their legal rights need to be taken up.
CT: AT LAST, A FEW WORDS YOU WANT TO SAY ABOUT CLIQTAX AND YOUR EXPERIENCE ABOUT IT?
PG: CLIQTAX is a good platform and I have liked reading the stories of so many leaders and colleagues. It was a pleasant surprise for me to get this chance.
CLIQTAX is helping professionals in networking, and I would like to thank Team CLIQTAX for giving me a chance to share my journey.
CLIQTAX extends heartiest wishes to CS Preeti Grover for her journey as Vice-chairman of Noida Chapter of NIRC-ICSI and Independent Directorship.
Edited by Team CLIQTAX
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