Leadership Development through Facilitation, Consulting, Executive Coaching

Nirupama Subramanian is a Consultant, Facilitator and Coach in the area of Leadership Development with over twenty four years of work experience.She is also the cofounder of GLOW-Growing Leadership of Women,an oganization which enables women to find success and fulfilment in their personal and professional lives.

She is committed to helping people discover their potential and lead their lives with passion and purpose. She is guided by the belief that greater self awareness along with capability enhancement can help people and organizations create a significant positive impact. She focuses on ensuring personal growth along with business impact through customized interventions for organizations.


  • MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur 1994
  • Citibank- Corporate Banking – 1994-1999
  • AchieveGlobal-Training and Consulting- General Manager and Director- 1999-2004, External Consultant- 2004 -Present
  • Genpact- External Training consultant – 2004-2007
  • Mckinsey & Co- Adjunct Faculty and Coach for Leadership Development- 2009 – Present
  • Leadership That Works – Executive Coach
  • MDI Gurgaon- Visiting Faculty -2008-2011
  • Mentor-Cherie Blair Foundation- 2015

  • Certified Assessor in Leadership Circle Profile
  • Behavioral Science Assessor- DISC and Chally Instrument
  • Cross Cultural Management- Trompenaars Hampden- Turner Consulting
  • Leadership Workshops – Dr. John Maxwell
  • Habitudes workshops- Tim Elmore
  • Executive Presentation Skills- Communispond
  • Leadership workshops of GE Crotonville
  • Communication Clinic- Linkage Inc
  • Personal Insights Workshop and Leadership Development programs- Mckinsey & Co
  • Certified Professional Coach- Leadership That Works Inc
  • Associate Certified Coach –ACC with International Coaching Federation
  • Certified Assessor and Coach for Hogan assessments
  • Living Non violent Communication workshop
  • Immunity to Change – Harvard Edex course
  • U Lab- Transforming business, society and self- MiTx course

Nirupama works with organizations in the areas of Personal Transformation and Capability Development to build leadership potential and enable organizational transformation. She has facilitated several top team alignment workshops and been a part of long term projects.

Nirupama creates customized interventions based on client needs. She offers classroom facilitation followed by Action Learning Projects and individual coaching for holistic development and long term impact. She also does one on one coaching projects for executive development.

Nirupama is an avid reader, author and columnist. She is the author of the best selling novels Keep The Change and Intermission. She writes a column on Women at Work for inblive.com and has been a part of several panel discussions and events relating to women’s issues. She is a dedicated yoga practitioner and aspiring runner.

She has been a volunteer for Goonj where she organized donation/collection drives in her community.

She has traveled extensively in India, Europe, America and South East Asia and currently works in India and Bangladesh.

Partial Client List

Nirupama and I have been on the journey of equipping and inspiring leaders for over 15 years. It has been an honor to work with her and learn from her successes. During the years we have trained and coached leaders together, she has repeatedly demonstrated the ability, skill and attitude to be a servant leader to grow others. Because she is always teachable, Nirupama has translated her learning into a passion to effectively coach and train aspiring young people to ‘lift their leadership lids.’ Two qualities that are uniquely ‘Nirupama’ are her high emotional intelligence combined with her wonderful creativity. This synergy allows her to coach leaders in a way that brings out their best not just be more successful, but focus them to be unique leaders of significance. How blessed I am to be her friend, her colleague and her student in our journey of life. She truly is a gem. I am positive she will continue to be a multiplier of significance in leaders lives.
Michael Griffin, CEO AchieveGlobal India and ELAvate Asia
Nirupama has been one of our most preferred trainers for senior leadership training. One of the key interventions delivered by her was on “Communicating Presence”, which was a comprehensive package with an element of one on one coaching. Her commendable business connect and communication ability helps in converting powerful concepts and insights into simple learning inputs. She is a valued partner who not just keep the participants engaged in the session but more importantly gives them ability to transfer the learning into visible impact
Hemalakshmi Raju, Tata Motors Academy
I was very reluctant when my supervisor suggested coaching as an intervention for some areas of development. However today I believe that those sessions have helped me discover myself in a very different way. Nirupama as a coach helped me identify my core values that define my identity and through some very probing questions took me through a journey which was enriching and an eye-opener. As a coach, Nirupama has access to and mastery over various tools and techniques but she always ensured that I was not lost or confused in the jargon or science. Through these tools, she helped me see linkages between various wish-lists and wants and identify real obstacles or “hold” on self. Thanks to her, today I am lot more confident in dealing with various scenarios at office and in a positive frame of mind. In my experience to get maximum impact from coaching just – “Have Faith and Start the Journey along with Your Coach
Saransh Agarwal, AVP- Cognizant Solutions
I have taken several coaching sessions with Nirupama for leadership development over two years. I have been thoroughly happy with her, and the methods she follows. She has been immensely helpful in getting me to evaluate myself, in setting goals and vision, and in identifying & overcoming several weaknesses. Nirupama makes it very easy to share and discuss matters. She is never judgemental, nor does she ever show her opinion on any matter, thus making it easy to have a holistic guidance on the path forward. Working with her is extremely fulfilling, and I would recommend her to everyone.
Bharati Nadkarni, General Manager, IP Cell. Sun Pharma
I have just been promoted. Your coaching made a big difference and helped me to get this position. I have been working on being more assertive and speaking up during meetings. Thanks a lot.
Senior Manager, a Major Iron and Steel Manufacturing company
Earlier I was scared of speaking in public. I never used to volunteer for any presentation. After the coaching, I gave a speech to a large audience in a business school. It was very well received and I feel much more confident now. The inputs you gave really helped me.
Head of Human Resources, Realty Division of Large Conglomerate
I used to find it difficult to delegate work to my subordinates. I believed that they were not capable of the doing the work and could not give me the quality I wanted. Through the coaching I realized that my own fear of failure and perfectionist approach was limiting my ability to grow in the organization. It was also preventing my team members from learning and taking independent decisions. I started taking small steps like not following up every day, asking them questions when they came to me instead of giving them the answers and trusting them with certain important decisions. This has helped me to get more time for strategic work and also improved relations between me and my team.
Head of Factory Operations, Pharmaceutical company.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
Warren G. Bennis
He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.
Lao tse
The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.
John Maxwell
The way it is, is enough.
Who you are is enough.
The only thing you have to do is be.
Werner Erhard