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
09:00 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 10:15 am
Nita Kapoor, Head, India - New Ventures, News Corp VCCircle
10:15 am - 10:35 am
Special Address: Women as agents of change in the evolving global scenario
Meera Shankar - Former Ambassador to the United States of America, Government of India
10:35 am - 11:50 am
Panel Discussion 1: Strengthening the C+ club: Preparing next gen women for high-impact leadership
• Leading transformation - how do leaders become means of change
• Guiding the next gen and getting the diversity mix correct across levels
• Crafting a winning culture of diversity
Uma Ratnam Krishnan - CEO, Barclays Shared Services (BSS)
Debjani Ghosh - Managing Director-South Asia, Vice President-Sales and Marketing Group, Intel Corporation
Shweta Rajpal Kohli - Head of Public Policy-India & South Asia, Uber
Dr. Archana Hingorani - CEO and Executive Director, IL&FS Investment Managers Limited
Farzana Haque - Head of Europe Telecom Business Unit and the Global Head for Strategic Group Accounts, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Rohit Sathe - Senior Franchise Director, Johnson & Johnson
Rajesh Padmanabhan - Director & Group CHRO, Welspun Group (Moderator)
11:50 am - 11:55 am
11:55 am - 12:10 pm
12:10 pm - 12:40 pm
Special Address: Are leaders born or made
The special address will decode whether only a chosen few are ‘born to lead’, or every woman has it in her to be a leader. The talk will hear from an accomplished and exemplary woman leader who has broken stereotypes and headed large organizations and teams.
Naina Lal Kidwai - Chairman, Max Financial Services
12:40 pm - 01:00 pm
Special Address: Women in Law
Usually associated as a male dominated profession, law industry today has some great examples of women lawyers, judges and consultants. One such exemplary leader will share her experiences as a legal professional - its challenges, biases and changing scenario that is certainly more welcoming to women now than it was a few decades ago.
Dr. Pinky Anand - Additional Solicitor General of India, Supreme Court of India
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
02:00 pm - 02:20 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.
Ratna Viswanathan - CEO, Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)
02:20 pm - 02:40 pm
Special Address: Does gender diversity make business sense
Studies by Gallup, Harvard and AT Kearney all point that globally, a gender diverse workforce is a major advantage in business because it brings different viewpoints, market insights and ideas into the boardroom. Therefore, companies can no longer afford to ignore 50% of the potential workforce if they expect to be competitive in the global economy. As someone who has established one of the largest law firms in the country, our speaker will reinstate, through her learnings and experiences as a woman professional, how gender diversity impacts today’s business scenario.
Zia Mody - Founding Partner, AZB & Partners
02:40 pm - 03:40 pm
Panel discussion 2: Redefining women leadership for the 21st century
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 women entrepreneurs. However, recent years are proving otherwise. Data also points to a substantial number of entrepreneurial ventures and organizations mushrooming in the social impact space and several companies are testimony to this. This panel will discuss key points like
• Projected growth and funding environment for women entrepreneurs and what does the future hold
• Investor outlook on women-led entrepreneurial ventures
• Celebrating the success that female leaders have seen in the higher echelons of the corporate world and the services industry
• Cross learning’s within these sectors for growing and supporting women
• Key to success for an entrepreneurial journey in the mainstream and impact investing space
Hardika Shah - Founder and CEO, Kinara Capital
Avani Davda - MD, Godrej Nature’s Basket
Shivani Bhasin Sachdeva - MD & CEO, India Alternatives Investment Advisors
Devendra Chawla - Group President - Food, FMCG Brands, Future Group
Prachi Jain Windlass - Director-India Education, Michael Susan Dell Foundation (Moderator)
03:40 pm - 03:45 pm
03:45 pm - 04:00 pm
04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Panel discussion 3: Reinventing The World of Work
As generations collide and new technologies emerge, what are the forces that have the potential to reshape the professional landscape in the years ahead? From parental leave to equal pay, how do we create a more equitable future while also aligning workforce culture with a higher purpose?
Ariane Di Iorio - Regional Industry Manager South Asia, Financial Institutions Group, International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group
Archana Sasan - Vice President-India Legal and Ethics, Dell Technologies
Somya Satsangi - Partner, Amrop
Surinder Dang - Regional Director, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals
Anjali Bansal - Investor and Entrepreneur
Sutapa Banerjee - Independent Director-JSW and IL&FS; Visiting faculty-IIM-A, Former CEO-Ambit Capital (Moderator)
05:00 pm - 05:05 pm
End of conference
Date: March 29, 2017
Venue: The Lalit Mumbai, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri East, Mumbai
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