Mumbai, 31 August 2021: Vertices Partners launched Mind Your Wellness, a mental health initiative for all its colleagues earlier today. The firm has collaborated with Pallavi, a city-based psychologist, to offer professional counselling services to its team members at no cost to the availing colleague. As a part of this service, each team member will be able to attend a one-on-one private session each month to discuss various aspects of individual mental health.
The announcement comes a month after the firm declared the provision of Period Leaves for all its women colleagues. Now, extending the benefit of health positivity to all its team members, Mind Your Wellness provides a service that offers personal attention to each team member while encouraging reflective conversations in a safe and private space with the aim that the individual attendees will be able to actively work on developing tools and skills required to experience enriching emotional fulfillment. The initiative was launched with an introductory interactive session that focused on approaching mental health without prejudice.
Speaking on the launch, Archana Khosla Burman, Founder Partner, Vertices Partners, said, “Continuing to give shape to our value of healthy living by means of adopting policies and creating initiatives that are designed to bring about fundamental and positive differences in the lives of our colleagues, Mind Your Wellness is a must because the truth is that we cannot have health positivity without emphasis on the mental processes of the people that matter to us the most – our team members.”
Pallavi, Psychologist & Counselor, said, “Therapy is a buzz-word and often bears prejudice. Mental Health is the foundation of healthy cognitive functions, yet it often remains one of the most ignored aspects of our health, especially in the corporate world. Vertices Partners is a Firm that clearly demonstrates empathy for its team members, and I am absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with a new-age, progressive law firm to implement a potential life-changing initiative, Mind Your Wellness.”
Gauri Poswal, Chief Strategy Officer, Vertices Partners, added, “In this hyper-connected world where our boundaries continue to blur, it is imperative that everyone is encouraged to tend to their mental and emotional needs without the feeling of taboo for the sake of healthier interpersonal relationships at workplace as well as at home, for more successful professions, and even healthier personal lives. And we, at Vertices Partners, are constantly thinking of ways to work for the wellness and betterment of our entire team irrespective of their gender, role or designation.”
Vertices Partners is one of the top law firms in the country in the Private Equity and Venture Capital and is also highly regarded in the Corporate Practice and the Litigation Practice space. Established in the year 2016, the firm has done over 250 deals in the last five years of operation. In a short time-span, Vertices Partners has grown from a four-member team to a 40+ member team, outpacing its peers in the legal sphere. Being a start-up themselves, they work closely with other young start-ups and entrepreneurs, offering legal solutions. The Founding Partners actively support entrepreneurs to navigate through their entrepreneurial journeys at various stages. Most recently, the firm was enlisted in the Forbes India Legal Powerlist 2020 as one of the top firms in Private Equity & Venture Capital as well as Corporate and Commercial Practices.
Archana is the Founder of Vertices Partners, a leading law firm specialising in Private Equity, Venture Capital and Mergers & Acquisition Transactions. Her Firm is headquartered out of Mumbai and has presence in Bengaluru, NCR and Pune as well. Her specialization areas are Corporate Commercial Law, Venture Capital and Private Equity Investments. She also has proven skill expertise in Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Strategic Acquisitions across multiple sectors including inter-alia Education, Financial Services, Consumer Products, Healthcare, Agriculture, Gaming, Logictics, Credit Information, Real Estate, Manufacturing and Pharmaceuticals.
Most recently Archana was recognized as one of the Top Under 40 Alternative Investment Professionals in India by The Association of International Wealth Management of India (AIWMI) and Indian Association of Alternative Investment Funds (IAAIF). Archana has been featured in the Asia Legal Business (Thomson Reuters) 40 Under 40 List in the Asia Pacific Region and the 40 under 40 Rising Star by Legal Era. She also got featured by ALB in the Women In Law. She has been awarded as the Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 by Indian Women Convention, and was also featured in Elle India, February 2019 issue as an entrepreneur adding to the India growth story. Archana also got featured by one of the leading business publications in the Top 10 Powerful Women Lawyers of the Country. She has also been featured in the top 50 lawyers in Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters) India Rising Stars 2021. Archana has been a speaker and writer on several forums including at ET Now, Bloomberg and Venture Intelligence.
Archana sits on the advisory board of several start-ups and new age entrepreneurial ventures. She works very closely with organizations to empower women and mentors and advises budding and seasoned entrepreneurs on several startup and investment forums. She is the National Head- Programming and Content, of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI FLO, the Ladies Organization) and has curated an initiative called FLO Startups, wherein she, along with her core team have created a community of women entrepreneurs and women angel investors within the FLO members.
Pallavi is a practicing psychologist and a trainer. She completed her Bachelor’s in Arts with Psychology Honors in 2003 from Panjab University and her Master’s in Psychology in 2005 from the same university.
With POSH at Work, she assists the Firm in providing services related to the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. This includes conducting sessions to create employee awareness, training managers about their roles and responsibilities in the prevention and redressal of sexual harassment at workplace along with training internal committees in order to equip them to carry out inquiries as per the law. She has conducted 80+ sessions so far. She is also an external member with 15+ organizations where she has supported internal committees in 40+ inquiries / conciliations to date.
During the pandemic, Pallavi has proactively researched on various topics of relevance including ‘Work from Home’ in the new normal and how it aligns with the law. Currently, she is working with a team to develop content and explore different modalities that would help spread awareness of the law and help various organizations in their pursuit of prevention, redressal and prohibition of sexual harassment.
Gauri is the Chief Strategy Officer of Vertices Partners. She specializes in Corporate Communication and Culture.
Gauri has worked extensively in portfolios like External Relations and Corporate Communication across international markets in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Resonating strongly with the entrepreneurial spirit and the start-up ecosystem on the whole, she also has experience with starts ups and other entrepreneurial stints.
Working closely with the Founder Partners at Vertices Partners, she has implemented various initiatives relating to health & wellness, work-life balance, and other process management endeavors.
Gauri is passionate about nurturing progressive work-place cultures that help make work a seamless part and an extension of one’s life.
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