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Leadership Lab II for Batch 2022

September 19 and 20, 2022

Leadership Labs are experiences to cherish for life. They are the best examples of learning beyond the classroom.

The participants of Batch 2022 attended a two-day Leadership Lab. The lab was conducted by Prof. Lata Dhir and Prof. Amit Jain at Bhavan’s Nature and Adventure centre.

The Lab focused on the participant’s experiences while working in teams and how the learnings help individuals. The Lab had some interesting discussions around the topics of interpersonal dynamics, leadership capabilities and career adaptability among others, role plays and various outbound activities like rock climbing , rappelling, rifle shooting etc. These team building activities enabled the participants to test their physical and mental strengths individually, as well as in a group

While this was the 2nd Lab for the participants that aimed at building resilience, challenging self, the first Lab focused on self-awareness

2nd & 3rd February, 2022

The batch of PGMPW 2022 completed their 2 days of leadership lab - 1 online due to prevailing conditions, the first of its kind to be held over an online platform.

Through the curation of dynamic huddles of small to medium to large groups online, participants discovered their core identities to aid them in understanding their leadership identity. This was facilitated through experiential online games, assessments, and reflections for developing leadership competencies.

The lab ended with online music and dance with the participants and their children, which was a highlight of the Leadership Lab - 1.

Experimenting with learning interventions, combining psychology and technology, the virtual Leadership Lab is a story of courage and heart. It was successful in its social experiment of discovering one’s core identity for leadership impact and recreating the off-site experiential learning onto the online mode due to the efforts of SPJIMR's P&P team, and the PGMPW team facilitated by SPJIMR Profs. Dr. Lata Dhir, Dr. Sumita Datta, and Dr. Amit Jain

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Dr. Ashita Aggarwal, Professor-Marketing and Chairperson - PGMPW, Dr. Amit Jain, Professor-People & Performance, Associate Programme Head – PGMPW and Shweta Mahajan - PGMPW 2021 batch participant, were privileged to be panelists at Career Relaunch Conference 2022 organized by the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland.

Dr Ashita and Dr Amit gave an overview of the PGMPW programme, its key differentiators and shared the programme pedagogy. They also spoke about the holistic development and experiential learning provided to the PGMPW participants and highlighted the 3-pillar support system created & assigned to the women of PGMPW – industry mentoring, coaching and faculty support.

PGMPW has unique stories of women finding their place in the corporate workplace.

One such story was shared by Shweta Mahajan from PGMPW 2021 batch. She shared her enriching experience and journey of PGMPW and how it transformed her comeback to the corporate world.

Many thanks to the University of St.Gallen and UBS for providing SPJIMR-PGMPW the platform to present themselves to institutions and individual participants from diverse backgrounds participating in the conference across the world.

Welcoming the participants of PGMPW Batch 2022

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The program team and faculty wish all the best to 29 aspiring women who have taken their 1st step towards upskilling themselves.

Dr. Ashita Aggarwal, Chairperson - PGMPW and Dr. Amit Jain, Associate Program head - PGMPW guided the participants towards their journey with SPJIMR - PGMPW.

The chief guest for the programme inauguration was Mr. Ankur Bhagat, Vice President – at Procter & Gamble (P&G) India.

Start Afresh 2021 Edition

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

It was a privilege to virtually host eminent HR leaders and D&I practitioners for "Start Afresh" 2021 edition, an event organized by SPJIMR under its diversity and inclusion initiative.

The discussion titled - " An Inclusive Leader " was chaired by Dr. Sujatha Sudheendra - Head Human Resources, Aditya Birla Finance Limited & Head Diversity & Inclusion Aditya Birla Capital followed by contributions from Ms Alka Bhagat - Regional Marketing Head, Asia Pacific BASF, Ms Archana Chadha - Head of Human Resources HSBC, Ms Namita Venkatraman- General Manager HR Robert Bosch India Limited,Bangalore, Ms Pooja Aggarwal - Vice President & Business Head Schindler India, Ms Protima Achaya- India Site HR Head & APAC Talent Acquisition NetApp & Mr Praveen Purohit - Deputy Group CHRO Vedanta Resources Limited.

The momentum of the event was well moderated by Dr. Ashita Aggarwal (Chairperson – PGMPW, Professor in Marketing) and Dr. Amit Jain (Associate Programme Head – PGMPW, Professor in People and Performance).

Virtual Alumni Meet arranged by PGMPW Batch 2021 - Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The PGMPW class of 2021 had a fabulous time with their alumni during the virtual alumni meet "TIDE 2021." There have been so many memories to appreciate and relive. Alumni shared their programme experiences and valuable ideas with the 2021 cohort.

SPJIMR's PGMPW programme Chairperson Dr. Ashita Aggarwal and Associate Programme Head Dr. Anshul Verma, along with the programme office, greeted the alumni and presented information about PGMPW's achievements to date.

The evening was loaded with videos made by the present and prior batches that portrayed the participants' hardships and joyous moments.

International Women in Engineering Day event by Siemens - Wednesday, 23rd June 2021

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021

On the occasion of 'International Women in Engineering Day' PGMPW batch of 2021 got an opportunity to interact with some powerful women leaders from Siemens. The Panel included Ms Aruna Arumugam, Ms Smita Kelkar, Ms Harkirtan Kaur Sachdeva & Ms Charu Bishnoi

The key focus of interaction was how to prioritize yourself, how to set a balance between personal and professional life & how to celebrate uniqueness. Experts’ advice on the power of letting go and taking a pause, prioritizing the to-do list, power-packed messages “Earrings along with earphones” gave a strong message to the participants that we should always be open to listening.

As PGMPW focuses on career re-start, participants were advised to choose a workplace, which respects individuals and gives them the liberty to work in flexible work hours. The formula to make work and life our friends and insights on how professional and personal life cannot be overridden added a whole new perspective towards the work-life balance equation.

Focussing on the fact that learning is always continuous, panelists enthralled the participants with a 4C framework i.e, Curiosity, Courage, Consciousness, and Collaboration which can help us walk the path of success. Emphasis was also placed on how gender diversity starts from home, by building a supportive ecosystem and asking for help, and also on how trust among your peers, open communication channels with family can be key factors to achieve goals.

Leadership Lab - I (PGMPW 2021).

18th & 19th, March, 2021

As the first phase is coming to an end, PGMPW 21 batch got an opportunity to participate in a two-day Leadership Lab. The two days have been an enthralling and insightful experience for the participants as the classrooms were not filled with numbers and huge data sets but with thought-provoking conversations. Participants got an opportunity to understand themselves and were encouraged to practice introspection. Emphasis was on overall personality development, decision making in the VUCA world, understanding perceptions, learning various styles of leadership, knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses and how self-awareness is imperative for decision making. The lab is designed to nurture participants, inculcate a leadership mindset and transform them into leaders of tomorrow. The two-day session was a quick start to make participants understand that Leadership is not a role but a trait. The session ended with a fun activity with kids in the family singing and dancing.

The virtual inauguration of the 5th batch of Post Graduate Management Programme for Women.

Monday ,8th February, 2021

The virtual inauguration of the 5th batch of Post Graduate Management Programme for Women was addressed by the Chief Guest, Mr Ashok Ramchandran, Group Executive President - Group HR at the Aditya Birla Group.

The event was well attended by faculty and staff members.

The participants were appreciated for their courage & resilience.

SPJIMR'S PGMPW Batch 2020 came together for the farewell event which was hosted virtually

Thursday ,4th February, 2021

SPJIMR'S PGMPW Batch 2020 came together for the farewell event which was hosted virtually. Participants of the batch spoke about their journey, recollected and rejoiced the memories of the 11 months.

SPJIMR faculty members and staff members congratulated the participants on completion of their programme and wished them well for their future.

The PGMPW Batch 2020 will always be remembered as the strongest batch as they skillfully managed to uphold during the most difficult of times.

The batch signified that there is no limit to what a woman can accomplish.

Virtual Alumnae event with The University of St. Gallen 


Friday, August 28, 2020 

A virtual event was organized, where the PGMPW alums got an opportunity to interact with alums of the Women Back to Business (WBB) programme offered by the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. The event started with Dr. Patricia Widmer and Dr. Anshul Verma briefing about the Returning women programmes at the two institutions.

PGMPW and WBB alums shared their experiences about life before doing the programme, during the programme and the professional life after completion of programme. The discussions were very enriching from a cross-cultural learning perspective.  The discussions revolved around the challenges of coming back to a professional career and how women in two different cultures face these challenges.

It was interesting to note that across both cultures, women face similar challenges when it comes to taking a break from career for family responsibilities and wanting to return to full time careers post a break.  All the participants agreed for the need of a structured programme like PGMPW and WBB to “reskill” to remain relevant and “boost self-confidence”.

There were interesting suggestions coming from the enthusiastic group of alums from both the institutions, which included driving a global effort for the cause of getting back to professional careers.

Start Afresh 2020 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 

"Start Afresh" 2020 was an event organized by SPJIMR under its diversity and inclusion initiative, It was a privilege to virtually host eminent HR leaders and D&I practitioners to discuss viewpoints and share practices followed by organizations committed to the cause of gender diversity.
The topic of the discussion was -
“It took COVID-19 to wipe away the unconscious bias against WFH: Will it bring back more women to workplace?”
The event was chaired by Ms Rajkamal Vempati (Head Human Resources) who spoke about the initiatives at Axis Bank  followed by contributions from other panel members - Ms Falguni Thakkar (Founder & CEO Enable, Ex - D&I Team Tata Sons), Ms Garima Rastogi (Head Talent Acquisition D&I Lead, Mahindra Logistics), Ms Shuchita Singh Basu (Talent Management CoE Head, D&I Lead, Atos Syntel), Ms Shveta Verma (Human Capital and D&I Leader, PWC), Ms Sumeddha Bakhshi (Leadership Development Strategy, D&I Lead -South West Asia), Samsung Electronics) and, Ms Vani Shetty (Head-Talent Management, D&I Lead, RBL Bank)
Dr Ranjan Banerjee (Dean – SPJIMR, Professor in Marketing) acknowledged and appreciated the initiatives taken by the respective organisations and mentioned the agility with which SPJIMR moved their academic sessions online

The momentum of the event was well moderated by Dr Ashita Aggarwal (Chairperson – PGMPW, Professor in Marketing) and Dr Anshul Verma (Associate Programme Head – PGMPW, Professor in Finance).

Un-Stereotype 2020 


February 17, 2020

Un-Stereotype 2020 was a flagship event under the inclusion and diversity objective of the Post Graduate Management Program for Women, S. P. Jain Institute Of Management & Research, Mumbai. The event was collaborated with Avtar, India’s premier diversity and inclusion solutions company.

UnStereotype was conceptualized with an objective of starting conversations around gender equality and making the society and organizations aware of challenges women face in their life (in quest to find their own identity). The indirect objective was to support the diversity movement and keep nudging the companies to make significant change in their inclusion policies.


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 The Leadership Lab (Batch 2020)

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Leadership Lab is an important aspect of the PGMPW programme.

For Batch 2020, the Leadership Lab -I was conducted at Garudmaachi, an eco-friendly, purposefully designed and built outdoor management development and learning centre.

The lab offered a unique opportunity to the participants to reflect, learn and develop self-awareness through an Experiantial Learning Module. The programme strived to help participants self-introspect and identify their values, passions and aspirations.

PGMPW Batch 2020 Inauguration

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The inauguration of the 4th batch of Post Graduate Management Programme for Women was addressed by  the Chief Guest, Ms. Yaquta Mandviwala, Partner, Bain and Company. The event was well attended  by faculty and staff members.

Pre-orientation - Dinner - Batch 2020

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Introducing your family to SPJIMR.
We truly believe that when some one joins PGMPW programme, it is a family decision. What better than to have the opportunity of family members getting to meet the co-participants of the batch and the programme leadership team alongwith other faculty present, as well. An event which is much appreciated

Farewell - Batch 2019 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The batch completed their 11-month journey. The faculty present at the event shared their experiences while teaching and interacting with the PGMPW participants. The faculty acknowledged that the participants were enthusiastic and always ready learn.
The participants performed during the farewell event.
The event ended with the batch gifting a collage frame of memories through the year to Dr. Ranjan Banerjee and the programme leadership team


TIDE 2019- Alumni meet

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The participants of Batch 2019 organised the 1st Alumni meet of PGMPW Batch 2017 and 2018.

The event was well attended by the alumnis. It was an interactive session where the alumns shared their experiences of returning to their professional careers with the Dean, Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, Dr. Ashita Aggarwal and Dr. Anshul Verma. They shared valuable feedback on enhancing the PGMPW curiculumn. Our participants of batch 2019 interacted with the Alumns and exchanged their experiences.

START AFRESH 'A case for Gender Diversity-Business, Social and Economic variables'

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

START AFRESH are a series of breakfast meetings with Business heads, Functional heads and/D&I practitioners to discuss ideas around inclusion and share best-practices...


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Inauguration - Batch 2019 & Pre-orientation Dinner

Monday, February 4, 2019

The inauguration of the 3rd batch of Post Graduate Management Programme for Women was addressed by  the Chief Guest, Mr. Rahul Sinha, CHRO (Pidilite). The event was well attended  by faculty and staff members.

Women Leadership Forum (WLF) - 2018

March 8, 2018

The participants of Batch 2018 organised the event – Women Leadership Forum, with 2 panel discussions.

Panel 1 – Topic – Diversity and Inclusion – Challenges in Corporate India.

The panel comprised of the Dean, Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, Ms. Rajkamal Vempati, Head HR, Axis Bank and Ms. Somna Singh, Country Head, Bank of America, Merill Lynch. The discussion was moderated by Prof. Vineeta Dwivedi.

The discussion was very insightful and the speakers shared their own experiences of the initial road blocks experienced by them when they started their careers. They spoke about the initiatives taken by them and the policy changes brought into force by progressive corporate’ s to increase diversity in the workforce.

Panel 2 – Topic – Opportunities in E –Business

The panel comprised of Ms. Geeta Mahadevan, Head, Branch Inteligence, Big Basket, Ms. Diksha Dwivedi, Co-Founder of Akkar Bakar and Ms. Sheetal Choksi, Co-founder and Director, Word Hatter. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Sajili Shirodkar.

The speakers shared their experiences and spoke about the roles played by women as entrepreneurs in E-Business.

The event was attended by faculty, students and staff of SPJIMR.

Personal Growth Lab

February 13 and 14, 2017

The personal growth lab (PG Lab) was jointly conducted by Dr. Sumita Datta and Dr. Lata Dhir for the participants of Batch 2017. The lab was held at The Club.

The PG Lab was instrumental in developing, both, the domain knowledge and skills of the participants  along with building a platform to create authentic leaders.

The experiential learning was facilitated through various activities, meditation sessions, psychometric assessments, and debriefing sessions that encouraged sharing and reflection, resulting in creating an atmosphere of openness. This enabled participants to get in touch with their real self, forge deep and meaningful relations with the team members, and develop leadership competencies. The  lab culminated with a feedback and wrap-up session. The participants were accessed through a Personal Learning Paper and other assignments which helped them extrapolate the learning to real world problems.

Leadership Lab – 2017

August 7 and 8, 2017

The Leadership lab was a rigorous program with outbound activities and important debriefing sessions. The team activities required all participants to support the weakest links, accept failure and move on to the next activity. It required them to face their phobias and fight the physical fatigue, while maintaining their focus on the goals. The participants learnt about - Who you are is how you lead. At the end of the Lab, they understood their strengths, their weaknesses and impacts on others. The participants learnt to maximize their strengths and work on their weaknesses.

Batch Farewell

December 21, 2017

The first batch of PGMPW completed their 11-month journey. The participants were all set to return to their careers.  The event was well attended by faculty and staff and they all, wished the participants for a successful career ahead.

Launch  – Management Programme for Women and Press Conference 

September 1, 2016

The S P Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), a top ranked school of management, on Thursday, 1st September 2016, launched a pioneering new programme targeted specifically at qualified women who wish to return to work after a career break.

The programme is called the Management Programme for Women (MPW), an 11-month, full time, post graduate programme designed to meet the knowledge gaps and skills development needs of women who are returning to a corporate career after a break of more than two years. MPW stands out in the academic space as the only programme of its kind from a leading management school for returning women, and marks an important step in developing a pipeline of women leaders for tomorrow.

Research indicates that almost half of Indian women drop out of the pipeline before reaching mid-career. Many of them are willing to return to work but are often unable to find the support they need to take up important roles. MPW is designed to meet the needs of this specific target group. It goes beyond traditional management programmes and will cover in its curriculum a range of subjects that will prepare women leaders to take up the challenges of a career in today’s competitive environment and inspire women leaders to be ready for bigger roles.

The programme was launched at a news conference in Mumbai by Mr. Deepak Parekh, Chairperson, HDFC, and Chairperson of the SPJIMR Governing Council. Mr. Parekh said: “The programme opens up new opportunities for a large section of women who wish to pursue their dreams and in the process also open a rich pipeline of talent for corporate India. This will help businesses fill up senior positions and help drive towards a more gender balanced leadership mix.”

SPJIMR Dean Dr. Ranjan Banerjee said at the news conference: “We believe that a large pool of talented women with underutilised and significant leadership potential exists today. SPJIMR would like to be at the forefront of nurturing and building this leadership potential and MPW represents a small beginning in this direction.” Dr. Sumita Datta, Head of MPW said: “We want to make this programme a learning journey through which participants will enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence. Our pre-partnership arrangement with large corporates opens up exciting opportunities for mentoring, internships and placements for the participants. This will contribute in creating a diverse and inclusive work culture in the long term.”

Among those present at the conference were corporate partners who will guide, support, mentor and open up opportunities for participants of SPJIMR’s MPW to help build on the vision of a more gender balanced workforce. Ms. Rajkamal Vempati, Head HR, Axis Bank, which is a leading corporate partner for the programme, said: "Axis Bank has always been a strong supporter of women returning to the workplace after taking a break. Our ‘Reconnect’ programme focuses on bringing back the Bank’s women alumni, who are on a break and looking for avenues to re-start their career. Women are dropping out of the work force during various life stage events and as corporates it’s our responsibility to support their smooth transition back into the corporate world."

The launch news conference also saw an insightful discussion on the role of women leaders to help power India’s growth story, to have more gender balanced teams across functions and to bring a different kind of analysis and insighting to the board room. The panelists included Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, noted author, corporate leader and  Executive-in-Residence, SPJIMR; Ms. Anjali Bansal – Managing Director and Partner, TPG Growth; Mr. Yogi Sriram  - Senior Vice President – Corporate Human Resources, Larsen & Toubro Limited; Ms. Lulu Raghavan -  Managing Director, Landor; Ms Rajkamal Vempati – EVP and Head HR, Axis Bank, Ms Renuka Kamath, Professor, Marketing Area & Chairperson – PGEMP, SPJIMR.


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