Women Leaders' Summit

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News Corp VCCircle Women Leaders’ Summit– Empowering Women, Empowering Businesses

With the belief that every woman has the ability to lead and create positive change, we are pleased to present News Corp VCCircle Women Leaders’ Summit - an interactive platform to reinstate that belief. This summit is for those who understand the importance of gender diversity and advantages of having a woman’s unique perspective in building bigger, bolder, smarter businesses today. This invite-only event brings together the most sought-after women leaders, entrepreneurs, start-up investors, media professionals and mentors to support female leadership through participatory presentations, workshops, panel discussions and more.

After years of insistence for change, today’s women leaders have finally succeeded in breaking down the institutional barriers, stereotypes and inequalities that their predecessors may have faced. Our initiative, ‘Women Leaders’ Summit - Empowering Women, Empowering Businesses’, will offer an opportunity to learn from, and be inspired by, such globally recognized women who are pioneers in championing the cause of women empowerment and equality while also highlighting the type of support required to flourish in our rapidly changing business world.

By bringing together the most successful and highly accomplished women leaders who have made a difference in their businesses and communities, it will be a platform to learn what it takes to be leaders of tomorrow, from the ones of today.

Some key topics of discussion:
  •  Increasing gender diversity in boardrooms
  •  Reaching the last mile: Women in Boardroom
  •  How Great Women Lead - going beyond the status quo - A keynote address by a woman leader who has reframed the meaning of leadership and her insights and
     experiences will help us tread on our own path to being a successful woman leader
  •  Power Talks: these will have experts from diverse sectors sharing their unique journey to the top. We will have leaders from finance, governance, armed forces and
  •  Redefining women leadership for the 21st century
  •  Leadership Workshop: Building your brand: Mastering the Art of High-Impact Leadership: A power packed workshop by professional trainer on how to build the brand
     that’s you-to ensure that your special traits can help you achieve the success you deserve, on your own terms

8:30 am - 9:30 am

9:30 am - 9:45 am
Welcome Note: Nita Kapoor, Head, India - New Ventures, News Corp VCCircle

9:45 am - 10:05 am
Opening Keynote: Direct Correlation: Diversity makes perfect business sense
Globally, research has revealed that a more diverse workforce is linked to a company’s financial performance. This includes studies by Gallup, Harvard and AT Kearney that reveal how a gender diverse workforce is a major advantage in business because it brings different viewpoints, market insights and ideas into the boardroom and results in better economic and social benefits. Companies can no longer afford to ignore 50% of the potential workforce if they expect to be competitive in the global economy. However, we have miles to go before we can achieve the same in our country. This address will showcase a series of case studies to prove that diversity at workplace will necessarily result in increased revenue margins and greater strength to the brand

10:05 am - 11.05 am
Panel Discussion 1: Reaching the last mile: Women in Boardroom
According to a McKinsey 2015 report, in India, while the number of women at the entry level is 25%, it comes down to 16% in mid-management and goes further down to a meagre 4% at senior positions. What are the reasons for lack of gender diversity in the boardrooms? What are the reasons underlying the fall in the number of women between mid-level and senior level positions? This panel will confront the tough issues that make for this disparity while also learning some leaders who overcame these hurdles to be where they are today.

11:05 am - 11:20 am
Report launch

11:20 am – 11:30 am
Room Wide Discussion

11:30 am - 11:45 am
Networking Break

11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Power Talks

11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Women in Finance: Talk by a senior woman leader from the NBFC microfinance sector who will share her experiences about breaking stereotypes and being a leader in a previously male-dominated sector. The talk will also highlight the impact of latest regulations like demonetization, GST, changing GDP rates etc.

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Women in Governance: Change needs to happen at the apex to trickle down to all other sections of the society and this holds true for women leadership as well. There are very few women in the parliament-far less than in district or even village panchayat levels. This talk will hear from a woman leader in politics or bureaucracy about unique challenges that being a leader in politics poses and how we can inspire more young women to have the courage and interest in this profession.

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Women in Armed Forces: Out of 1.3 million active personnel in the Indian Armed Forces only 2.5 percent are women. This is about to change after the President’s announcement this year that women will be allowed to occupy combat roles in all sections of the army, navy and air force. This is certainly a huge milestone towards gender equality in the country and we will hear what this means for Indian women professionals from our expert speaker.

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
Women in Aeronautics: Sky is no limit for the Indian women! According to a report by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), almost 600 of the 5050 pilots in India are women. This number is 11% above the global average. While several factors including social family structure that allows women to be away from home for long periods, to a surge in educational opportunities in the field or overall fast growth of this sector, can all be attributed for this, we would like to hear about its challenges and triumphs from a woman who has achieved success in this field herself.

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Networking Lunch

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Women and entrepreneurship: Betting on yourself
The Sixth Economic Census by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) has revealed that only 14% of business establishments in India are being run by female entrepreneurs. However, things are changing and in the recent years we have seen a large number of successful female entrepreneurs whose passion and determination is transforming entrepreneurship into a level-playing field in India. This panel will discuss key points like funding for women entrepreneurs – do they find it difficult compared to their male counterparts? What about the female investors – why few and far in between? What is the key to success for an entrepreneurial journey?

2:45 pm – 2:55 pm
Room Wide Discussion

2:55 pm - 3:55 pm
Panel 2: Redefining women leadership for the 21st century                                      
The 21st century has brought with it its own set of unique challenges – environmental, social and economic and each of these issues are impacting the way organizations run today. Growing importance of technology, younger population, and globalization, changing mind set of the society and general progress, businesses will need to function in a whole new way. All these trends will shape the emergence of a new type of leadership in the future. The entire leadership model we have adhered to in the past which has arisen due to patriarchy and gender stereotypes will give way to one that will purely depend on capabilities. What will be the role of women leaders in this futuristic world? This talk will showcase analysis of women leadership of tomorrow, by a woman leader of today.

3:55 pm – 4:05 pm
Room Wide Discussion

4:05 pm – 4:20 pm
Networking Break

4:20 pm-5:20 pm
Panel Discussion 3: The unseen barriers: Women in leadership and how they make successful investment decisions
Though all the leaders are actively involved in driving the personalized and corporate savings, only the few take the trouble of understanding deeper investment nuances. This sometimes results in higher risk and lesser returns. The panel will have a mix of male and female leaders from established and millennial workforce discussing different saving techniques and investment options that ensure higher returns.

5:20 pm – 5:30 pm
Room Wide Discussion

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Leadership Workshop: Building your brand: Mastering the Art of High-Impact Leadership
Every person is different and so are their leadership styles/traits. To be a great leader, we first need to identify those traits and develop them into our strengths. An interactive workshop by a professional/motivational trainer will help the audience discover the leader in them.

6:45 pm onwards
Tea and networking

Anjali Bansal Anjali Bansal , Investor and Entrepreneur
Dr. Archana Hingorani Dr. Archana Hingorani CEO & Executive Director, IL&FS Investment Managers Limited
Archana Sasan Archana Sasan Vice President-India Legal and Ethics, Dell Technologies
Kosturi Ghosh Kosturi Ghosh Partner , Trilegal
Mamta Sundara Mamta Sundara General Counsel, United Spirits Limited - a Diageo Group Company
Meera Shankar Meera Shankar Former Ambassador to the United States of America, GOI
Naina Lal Kidwai Naina Lal Kidwai Chairman- Max Financial Services, Former Chairman-HSBC India
Preety Kumar Preety Kumar Managing Partner, Amrop India
Dr. Pinky Anand Dr. Pinky Anand Additional Solicitor General of India, Supreme Court of India
Ratna Viswanathan Ratna Viswanathan CEO, Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)
Uma R Krishnan Uma R Krishnan CEO, Barclays Shared Services
Vladislava Ryabota Vladislava Ryabota Regional Corporate Governance Lead, South Asia, IFC

Date: March 29, 2017
Venue: The Lalit Mumbai, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri East, Mumbai


MFIN was established in October 2009 as a Society under the Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act 2001. As per MFIN Bye-Laws, all NBFCs registered with the RBI as NBFC-MFIs are eligible for membership of the Society. MFIN is to a large extent member funded. Its Governing Board comprises of Members elected from amongst the leadership of member MFIs. One third of the Board comprises independent Members.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) vide its letter dated 16th June, 2014 accorded recognition to MFIN as Self Regulatory Organisation (SRO) of NBFC-MFIs.

MFIN works closely with regulators and other key stakeholders and plays an active part in the larger financial inclusions dialogue through the medium of microfinance.


MFIN’s primary objective is to work towards the robust development of the microfinance sector, by promoting:
  •  Responsible lending
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