At the Mumbai Summit were change makers of the industry to learn and share what is being done in India Inc. to facilitate a woman’s promising career path and its escalation. People like Kunal Shah – Founder, Freecharge; Komal Mathur – HR Head, TCS; Nishant Mittal – Founder, The Testament; Avani Parekh – Director of Empathy, SHEROES; Madhavi Jadhav – Founder, ThatMate; Shivangi Lahoty – Founder, Inaaya & Co.; Manu Nanda Shahi – Academic Life Coach; Avesh Kumar Jha – SVP, OPDM, Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) contributed.
From discovering how companies as large as HGS have been owning this space for years now, by constantly reinventing how they support a woman’s career growth and its accompanying breaks and restarts, with home-grown programs and processes, to learning how to rethink the very language we use when we talk about a culture of inclusivity when it comes to gender-diversity in the workplace, from one of the youngest founders there (whose company made a turnover of Rs. 1.2 crores before he graduated college!), to hearing about what it was like to be the 1 female engineer on an oil rig far out in the ocean among hundreds of male engineers, for days on end, and everything in between – it was a day of unparalleled revelations for the audience. The audience was absolutely delightful in the representation of a wide range of women from the workforce, and men who were eager to learn about how they could be a supportive part of the movement to help women lean into their careers and be recognized for all the talent and intelligence that they bring to the worktable, every day. Some of the recurring themes through the event were striking the right work-life balance, equal treatment for women, giving 100% at work and at home, committing to women-centric initiatives by organizations and society, how women can handle the issues they face in their personal life and importance of awareness and networking.