Venture Gurukool’s partner Association of Independent Directors of India (AIDI) recently hosted a seminar on
“ACCELERATING GENDER DIVERSITY ON BOARDS AND IN BUSINESS LEADERSHIP”
At Claridges, New Delhi.
The event focussed on the impact of unconscious bias and stereotyping on women’s performance as leaders. To sensitize senior Board Leaders and decision makers on the impact of gender diversity for improved business performance, corporate governance systems and long-term sustainable development of companies.
Also, improve understanding of the links between Emotional Intelligence and competent leadership skills and identify strategies leading to behavioral changes that accelerate and maintain women’s access to seats on boards and leadership positions.
The event showcased prolific speakers from varied backgrounds. Ms. Vladislava Ryabota, Regional Corporate Governance Lead, South Asia from International Finance Corporation gave the keynote address to the audience.
Followed was a presentation by Ms. Gagan Singh Ex-CEO, JLL INDIA, Independent Director Timex Group & Future Retail Ltd, where she talked about Unconscious Bias faced by a woman without choice. The awareness that should be bought at every organization through the board members ensuring to include women as a part of the team and bring forward their ideas and innovation.
Statistics show 57% of college graduates are female while only 10% of Fortune 500 companies have females as their board members.
The panel discussion on “Igniting Strategies to Build Woman Leadership Programme” continued further discussions and solutions that could bring a change to every successful organization.
The esteemed group of panellists leading the consideration were Ms Lopa Rahman Corporate Governance Officer, South Asia, IFC, Dr Vaijayanti Pandit Advisor at Welingkar Institute of Management, Ex-Head FICCI West, Mumbai, Ms Veena Swarup Board Leader, Ex-Board Member & Director, Engineers India Ltd and Ms Ranjana Deopa Head of Women Leadership Programmes, The BD Foundation, which was moderated by Mr. Rajiv Khurana, (Co-Founder Director, CMC, FIMC).
The need to bring a thought revolution for a woman to build upon their skills and create a brand of herself was highlighted, along with conducting director training programmes and workshops for both men and women.
Dr. Sriparna Basu Professor, FORE School of Management, Expert of Emotional Intelligence shared her views on Leveraging Emotional Intelligence to enhance Leadership skills. She is also actively involved in Startup CEO mentoring and training programmes, providing the young blood with insights towards appropriate leadership qualities and skills.
As well as, Mr.Khurana who also has a host of chief mentorship programmes for new ventures and provides his expert views and experience share to the new establishing ventures and entrepreneurs.
Through our partnerships and network of such esteemed industry personalities, we create a hub for innovation and encouragement for our portfolio companies and entrepreneurs to learn and grow through the master vision of progress.
We look forward to being a part of events hosted by AIDI through which we gain an abundance of organizational know-how and learn more about the industry ethics.