The batch of PGMPW had an interesting interactive session with Ms Jaya Janardanan, Chief Operating Officer, Indostar Capital Finance. She is also on our PGMPW Advisory Board.
She spoke about how despite the challenges that women leaders encounter at their workplace, they still continue to push through the hurdles and reach their full potential whilst also sharing some instances of her own experiences and the way she successfully dealt with difficult situations during her professional journey. The importance of having a mentor in our lives was emphasised, as they can support us throughout our career and help tread the path in the corporate world.
She also talked about the need for digital transformation in existing businesses and the importance of gaining deep knowledge on emerging technologies.
The session was extremely motivating and encouraging for all participants.
The pandemic has left no nation, organization, or family unscathed. It has touched and impacted millions around the globe in more ways than we can imagine. Of all the questions organizations battle with during these tough times, Gender Imbalance is one such often undermined but extremely crucial issue, that if ignored could set us back by decades.
Dr. Vinika Rao, Executive Director, INSEAD, Gender Initiative & Emerging Markets Institute, addressed the PGMPW2021 cohort on a subject remarkably close to them, “Gender Imbalance and Impact of COVID 19” on it. She shared insights from various researches by leading global forums on how this pandemic is impacting women workforce across geographies and levels in organizations and how it is imperative to check this urgently to prevent the gender gap from widening.
She spoke about the INSEAD Gender Initiative and how it is working in this endeavour. Dr. Rao also enlightened the batch on how aspiring women leaders like them can play a crucial role in this regard. She believes women looking out for other women at workplaces or being fearless about standing up for the right or for what’s their due can go a long way in the cause of achieving gender diversity and workplace inclusivity during the pandemic and beyond.
Emphasizing not to be stuck with a classic template at work, she strongly believes that one has to be ravenous for learning and opportunities, flexible, and at the same time explore our personality to the extent possible. Listening to the success stories of our PGMPW Alumni at Axis Bank has been extremely encouraging for all the participants.
We were elated to hear about the work culture and flexibility at Axis Bank and how they have been able to acquire a rich pool of talent from across the country even during pandemic times.
Ms Vempati believes that the key to success is self-awareness, courage, hunger to learn, and focus, in addition to being easy on yourself. We should cherish this journey as we are not alone in any situation or challenges that we come across in our lives.
She is a perfect blend of inspiration and motivation to each one of us.
The batch of PGMPW-2021 had an inspiring session with Ms Aashish Kasad, Partner at EY, India D&I Leader, SPJIMR’s PGMPW Advisory Board member.
The need for hard work & perseverance to succeed was emphasized by her & she spoke at length about the V-U-C-A (Volatile-Uncertain-Complex-
She shared her views on “Disruption has become a reality” with competition coming from all sides: entry of retail stores in the eCommerce business to survive as customer demands are ever-changing. Therefore, a business needs to keep re-inventing, cannot afford to stand still & be complacent lest it will lose market share.
We were introduced to the 3 keys of success in the new world viz creating, sustaining & capturing value, and the 4 horizons of a crisis strategy.
The session concluded with Ms Kasad sharing what her experiences taught her - time management, staying calm, focusing on the present, planning, and realized that imagination can be powerful.
“If you want to achieve something, there will be times when you would need to stand alone,” says Dr. Sujatha Sudheendra- Head - Human Resources, ABFL and Head - Diversity and Inclusion - Aditya Birla Capital, while addressing the PGMPW 2021 participants.
In a truly inspiring session, she shared her journey speaking about the tough decisions she had to take, the support she received from her family, and emphasized how important it is to be resilient, open to learning, and dream big.
Dr. Sujatha also believes that it is imperative to support and uplift each other and to have a conviction that “Yes, we can do it”. The anecdote of her marathon journey demonstrates her persistence and perseverance and has left all the participants motivated to focus on fitness.
Highlighting the importance of communication and reconciliation, the session ended with she invigorating to stay strong especially in tough times.
The batch of PGMPW-2021 had an engaging session with Mr Ashok Ramchandran, Group Executive President - Group HR, Aditya Birla Group, who spoke at length on various aspects of successful leadership in an organization. He emphasized the personal traits that are critical to becoming a successful leader, some of them being the need for networking with people in general, communication, trust & empathy amongst peers. Other crucial aspects are the need for change, resilience & continuous upskilling to avoid redundancy, why leaders need to be specialists, accountable, have differentiated capability & a perspective about things.
Speaking about economic trends, current opportunities, and challenges various sectors and businesses are facing during COVID, Mr.Ashok shared his insights on how leaders are coping with changing business dynamics, various issues, and how they are succeeding at addressing it.
He also shared insights on the digital transformation that occurred in Aditya Birla Group, especially during the last two years, and how it gave an edge to the company.
The key takeaways for the participants from this session were “Push the frontiers of learning”, "Invest every day" and “Ticket to the future comes from functional excellence".
The participants of the PGMPW batch of 2021 were fortunate to attend an engaging and intriguing session with Ms. Namita Venkatraman, Leading Strategic Human Resource, Talent strategy, HR Business partner- Corporate teams at Robert Bosch India Ltd.
Highlighting the two significant guiding principles followed at Bosch-"Delivering superior products on time" and "It's better to lose money than losing the trust of stakeholders and customers", she also accentuated that each one of us should "Celebrate the journey".
Her advice to all participants is to be cognizant to engage in "Just Right Communication" when they attend interviews, seize every opportunity to deliver and grow, and most importantly, focus on wellness and balance in life.
The batch of PGMPW 2021 had an engaging session with Mr Rahul Dayal, Head of Information Technology at Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund (ABSLMF) on the evolution of technology and the emerging trends and innovations in the BFSI sector in India.
He discussed how banking services have revolutionized catering to the customers in this digital age to make banking easy with tech innovations like Whatsapp transactions, RPA Bots to carry out tasks, and voice technologies.
Some elaborations were made on a few of the future technology trends in BFSI such as Automated Financial Analysis, Virtual Engagement, IoT, and Blockchain & Cryptocurrency - the next big thing to look out for in BFSI.
The session was superbly informative.
PGMPW Class of 2021 was privileged to have Dr. Arijit Ghosh, Head of Analytics at Aditya Birla Finance Ltd., for a session on Analytics in BFSI. He gave a brief overview of the Customer Management Framework and cited a few examples of analytics services that could be used in the BFSI sector.
Insights on data evolution and uncertainty was also shared. Every analytics project is measured carefully and to this, he added what it takes to be a qualified Business Analyst.
The informational session came to an end with his views and perspective on the future of analytics in the financial services industry. The hearing was enlightening and educational.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the PGMPW batch of 2021 had the pleasure of interacting with Ms Deepshikha Mukerji, Regional HR Director, India along with the Talent Acquisition Team – Mr Ackroyd Rodrigues and Mr Dinesh Mishra at Abbott.
She shared glimpses of her professional journey and her success stories of climbing the corporate ladder. As a woman leader, she gave the participants insights and tips on how to return to the workforce stronger and better with much more confidence in themselves.
Abbott's value of "Rising by lifting each other up" and some key takeaways – “Push Yourself”, “Find Mentors”, “Fuel your career” and “Give back” - were strongly received by the women participants.
PGMPW 2021 batch was an eager participant of Abbott's #Choosetochallenge contest and showcased their creative talents with great vigour.
The PGMPW 2021 batch was delighted to interact with Mr. Jaimit Doshi, CXO and LT Team Member - Heading Marketing, Digital, Direct and Analytics, Aditya Birla Sunlife Insurance Ltd.
Coupled with fun & laughter, the batch enjoyed an intriguing interactive session on transformation in the digital world especially in the last few years and the impact that it has created on each one of us.
He shed light on the concept of SOO (Segment of One) which is the new way to understand customer mindset in the current scenario of the digital domain.
The batch of PGMPW 2021 was privileged to an enlightening informative session with Mr Rahul Sinha, CHRO along with his team at Pidilite Industries. Mr Sinha, who has been an integral part of the PGMPW program journey since its inception, spoke on bridging the gender inequality gap and making corporate India more inclusive.
He strongly believes that women returning to work are a high potential group and Pidilite is committed to providing an equal footing to these women. He showcased the culture at his organization where work is coupled with fun and energy.
The current batch had the opportunity to interact with PGMPW alumni at Pidilite where the alumnus shared their experiences and opportunities that can be explored at Pidilite.
The participants of PGMPW Batch of 2020 were privileged to attend an extremely insightful session with Mr. Prakash Upadhyayula, Global Chief Information Officer, Wolters Kluwer.
Discussing life at Wolters Kluwer, he shared the core philosophy of the organization believing in providing their employees with ample opportunities to explore, learn, and grow.
While throwing light on the impact of COVID-19 on certain sectors, Mr. Upadhyayula shared his views on how software solutions rely on artificial intelligence to constantly gain insights in order to deliver customer value.
While concluding the session, he extended encouragement to the participants, patiently answering all their questions regarding career aspirations spanning across various domains. He discussed at length current market scenarios and growth opportunities in Marketing, Supply Chain and Human Resource Management.
Mr. Ajay Venkatesh, Associate Director-People & Change Advisory, KPMG, delivered a very insightful session on gender diversity in organizations & how women can climb the corporate ladder to assume a leadership role.
The session commenced by bringing to the forefront various challenges faced by organizations during these testing times & how supply chain & manufacturing industries are reinventing themselves to meet the changing consumer landscape. And not just the product operations but even people management functions of the companies are witnessing a massive change, transitioning from gig to the neo-gig category. Hence, it's important to respond & not react as well as get ready to upskill oneself.
While sharing startling statistics from the global research conducted on women in the workforce, he highlighted some of the roadblocks that women face.
He ensured that the session was made interactive by answering all the pertinent questions the participants asked about their progression into the corporate world. Sharing a work-life challenge recently faced, he concluded the session by emphasizing the need for everyone to have a ‘Growth Mindset’, which is the single most essential mindset change required to excel in all areas of one’s life.
The participants of PGMPW batch of 2020, had the privilege of participating in an engaging session with Mr. Ankur Bhagat, Associate Director, Country Supply Chain Head, India & Indian Sub-Continent, P&G.
With an experience of 20 years within the FMCG space, he shared with us invaluable insights into the industries' past, present and the future and also expressed his concern towards the current efficiency of operations and supply chain.
He elaborated the functionality of supply chain and how each stakeholder’s presence matters, by explaining if companies can think differently to help their internal and external stakeholders. Further, expanding his viewpoint on how businesses can assure smooth operations during times of scarcity by resorting to recycling procedures.
His relevant questions made the candidates look a little deeper with respect to the changing landscape of business and environmental sustainability and further raise awareness of the dominant forces that would shape the future of businesses. On a parting note he suggested the students to strengthen their reading experience by picking up one of his favorite books from his MBA times called “The Goal”.
Thank you for such an insightful session.
The participants of PGMPW Batch of 2020 were privileged to attend an engaging and thought-provoking session with Mr. Devndra Chawla, Managing Director & CEO, Spencer's Retail Ltd. & Nature's Basket Ltd.
This session prompted us into thinking about everything that is the need of the hour in the current world, and the importance of being adaptable and agile as aspiring MBA graduates. While recalling his days in B school back in 1995, Mr Chawla explained how important it is to learn from one's failure.
He implored the audience to take more risks while striving to achieve milestones in a lifetime - ‘the world will remember you for your passing and not your failures’. By compelling the students to take feedback and initiating partnering with competitors, he best articulated the meaning of leadership in the current times. A truly unique and insightful session enabled us to think beyond the standard definitions of leadership, and disruptions part in separating the leaders from the managers.
Thank you Sir, for ensuring that the MBA aspirants of the future gain from your learnings.
PGMPW 2020 batch had an enriching talk with Ms. Namita Venkatraman, General Manager HR - Robert Bosch, who is also on our SPJIMR PGMPW Advisory Board.
The session was initiated with a beautiful message - "Behind every successful woman is herself " with emphasis on how the inner strength of a woman helps her in achieving success. Thereafter, the journey of life starts when a woman takes the first step of believing in herself. It’s important to look for role models & seek further guidance. She highlighted the different challenges a woman may face: Challenges of Flexible Work Arrangements, Equal Pay, Access to Hot Jobs, Race and Gender Bias, Unbiases, and Sexual Harassment.
A woman has to manage her career & personal priorities while playing multiple roles as a daughter, wife, and then as a Mother - Flexible Work arrangement. These challenges are not specifically external but, internal or self-limiting challenges.
We were introduced to the company’s values and focus with special mention of how Robert BOSCH took major steps in order to match the market requirements. She also shared briefly on the recent agreement between Robert BOSCH & NASCO for the IoT and Cloud.
PGMPW Batch of 2020 was extremely pleased to have Ms Lulu Raghavan, Managing Director, Landor, share her insights on the main priorities and considerations of women entering the workforce after a career break.
She believes “Personal Branding and Networking” is the key to building one’s career along with the importance of a healthy work-life balance which helps one to perform well and keep stress at bay.
She shared her experience on increasing efficiency by prioritizing things and the relevance of “Quality over Quantity”. It is important to come out of our comfort zone and overcome the barriers to keep moving up in the professional life.
Her remarkable views on Post-COVID job opportunities, the shift in corporate attention towards employee experience and highlighting the qualities that as a woman we already possess - enhanced the confidence of the batch.
This marvellous session ended with her empathetic words “All success in life is about relationships and putting other’s first” with a suggestion to read “Never Eat Alone” to enhance our networking ability.
Amazing learning. Thank You !!
PGMPW 2020 batch had an enriching interaction with Ms Madhura DasGupta Sinha - Founder & Mentor for Aspire for Her & member of Spjimr Pgmpw Advisory Council. An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, she has worked in different leadership roles in IDFC First Bank, Standard Chartered Bank & ANZ Grindlays Bank.
Ms Sinha shared her experience of being part of the leadership team which created the 83rd bank of India-IDFC First Bank. She highlighted the transformation of her journey from "dealing with customers & outward focus" to "inward focus & moving to HR" in IDFC First Bank
Her belief to “build something which she can herself relate to” led to Aspire for Her Foundation (a non-profit organization) which helps young women enter the workforce - This is an expression to her passion for diversity and equality in the workplace
She guided the batch on networking skills and the importance of connecting with the right people at the right time which would help our participants in future endeavours.
SPJIMR PGMPW Class of 2020 had an online interactive session with Ms.Alka Bhagat, Head - Strategy, Corporate Accounts, New Business Development South Asia at BASF and also member of SPJIMR PGMPW Advisory board.
MS. Alka Bhagat has carved her career path starting from IIT Delhi to alumni of IIM B.
She gave great insights from her journey and shared three success mantras she adhered to “Hard work , Discipline and Agility to adapt” Today she worked as one of the youngest women leaders in her team, sharing her work experiences.
She threw light on the different leadership roles she took along her professional life. The session also included anecdotes about how she overcame her fears and shortcomings in professional life and discussed the tough choices she made to follow her passion.
Her session boosted the confidence of our batch in these difficult times and inspired us to replicate passion into professions. Ms. Alka closed her interactive session saying “Follow your dreams, build on your confidence, success will surely follow ”Overall an enriching and energising session for all of us!
PGMPW Participants had an interesting interaction with Dr. Avantika Tomar from Mercer. She gave great insights from her journey which started from a small town in UP to today where she is working in London with a big HR consulting firm.
She shared about what her leadership learnings have been from the places she has been to and the companies she has worked with. She threw light on a career in HR Consultancy and clarified on what it entails.
PGMPW 2020 participants had an interactive session with Dr. Raj Menon, CEO of The Menon Group, Inc. & President of Flat World Design, a promotional marketing company in Texas.
His life story was really inspiring. It shows diversity doesn’t stick to the only gender but a change in thought is also diversity. It could be anything.
He also shared his un-stereotype story, where in spite of holding 4 degrees he decided to be 'Stay At Home Dad' (SHD).
He shared his “Success” definition by Babe Ruth example of called shot, when before hitting the ball Babe Ruth said “I looked out at center field and I pointed. I said, 'I'm gonna hit the next pitched ball right past the flagpole!”
Participants of PGMPW Batch 2020 were privileged to host Shuchita Singh Basu, People Functions Head at R&L BU, Program Manager, LP, D&I Lead for Atos Syntel during their industry interaction.
She shared stories over conversations on managing careers, dealing with conscious and unconscious biases, organizational expectations, choices, second career options and opportunities and much much more. Overall an enriching and energizing session for the entire batch.
SPJIMR PGMPW 2020 batch was privileged to have Ms Garima Rastogi, Head - Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, Mahindra Logistics.
Key points shared with the batch on 3 PL model, work culture of Mahindra Logistics, work life integration, diversity in the corporate and right approach for prospective opportunities in the company.
Participants of PGMPW Batch 2020 were privileged to host Dr.Sachin Gulati ,Director India Campus Recruitment-AMERICAN EXPRESS during their first industry interaction.
The interactive session comprised of discussions around company's profile,aspirations and expectations of the participants from the company.Special insights were given about how to "Unlearn and Learn" new capabilities in technology. The batch also understood the cross functional growth trajectory of the speaker and encouragement provided by AMEX for his aspirations to grow in the company.
Participants of PGMPW were privileged to host Mr. Ajit Thomas Stephen, CEO and Mr. Prakash Somaiya, Head-India Development Centre from Centelon for an enriching organisation interaction.
They shared their entrepreneurial journey with a vision that ‘we learn as we go’ along with their core principles of being :'Intelligent, Collaborative, Simplified’
PGMPW Batch 2019 had the opportunity to interact with Ms.Anubha Shukla, Head Business Development- Distributed/ Rooftop Solar at Mahindra & Mahindra.
Ms.Anubha, a young sales head of Mahindra Susten has defined Sales role for the participants
“Sales is not pursuing Agenda, but offering Value to the customer ”
She advised the all women batch to go for sales roles without any inhibitions.
She added insights on two key areas :
What is holding women back in taking up Sales roles and Why sales roles make sense for women!
She concluded the session by adding that Sales comes naturally to women and opportunities must be explored in these roles.
PGMPW batch 2019 had the opportunity to interact with Mr. Ashok Ramchandran, Group Executive President - Human Resources at Aditya Birla Group.
Mr. Ramchandran discussed the four core management lessons the batch must acquire during the course:
• Acquiring functional depth of the subject with emphasis on conceptual learning
• Understanding of the subject which comes from perspective, reading and gaining knowledge
• Developing a point of view about the industry
• and ability to communicate.
Mr. Ramchandran discussed the 30-60-90 plan which he follows and idea of having an accountability partner. He also spoke about the trends in the industry and diversity inclusions across industries.
It was a wonderful session and the participants were highly motivated to restart their journey to the workplace.
Mr. Sarvesh Ghatnekar, Associate Director, Sales HR, Kellogg addressed the PGMPW 2019 batch. It was a highly interactive session where he advised the students on the smooth transition back to corporate life and important dos and don'ts during the recruitment process.
Mr. Rahul Sinha, President-HR, Pidilite Industries along with his team, addressed the batch. He introduced "Pidilite way of working" and advised the students on the smooth transition back to corporate life.
Ms. Savita Mittra, Area Talent Acquisition Director APAC at Abbott, addressed the third batch of the Postgraduate Management Programme for Women (PGMPW), discussing her leadership journey and management philosophy, and providing career advice which will help the students have a more comfortable transition back to the corporate space.
She also spoke about the trends in the Asian Healthcare industry, Abbott’s strong commitment to diversity and the importance of having more women in the workplace and in leadership positions. She also held discussions with the batch on challenges commonly faced by women as they grow within their careers, how to overcome them and her own personal experiences over the years, to help them build successful careers of their own as they transition back to the workplace.