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).
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.
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...
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.
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
Press coverage - Launch of MPW :
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.