The summit will focus on the role of various stakeholders in enabling leadership.
The third annual Women Leadership Summit, hosted by the Women in Management (WIM) club at IIM Bangalore, will be held on January 15, 2017. The objective of the leadership summit, which is a flagship event of the club, is to bring together a community from academia, industry and entrepreneurship to engage with relevant issues and have important conversations about women leadership.
The 2017 edition of the summit, themed ‘To the Helm’, has an interesting line-up of speakers. The keynote addresses will be delivered by Neeta Revankar, CFO, Sasken Technologies and Kaustubh Chakraborty, Ex-Partner, McKinsey & Company. While Revanker delves into how women can make it to the corporate helm citing anecdotes from her own professional journey, Kaustubh will provide a perspective on complementing efforts to enable women leadership.
A panel discussion on ‘Priming for Success’ will feature Dr Do Thu Ha, Professor, Vietnam National University; Chitra V, Manager, Deloitte Consulting USI; and Latha S, CEO, ChipperSage Education, which will be moderated by professor Vasanthi Srinivasan of the Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources Management area of IIMB who is also Chairperson, Alumni Relations at IIMB.
The day will conclude with a workshop on ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ will be conducted by Nagaraja Prakasam, mentor at NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL), the entrepreneurship and incubation centre at IIMB, and Angel Investor & Founder, Indian Angel Network.
“Women and men often start out on an equal footing at entry levels in corporates. However, the numbers at the top tell a different story. Why is it that such few women are able to successfully ascend the professional ladder? What are the challenges faced, and how can they be overcome? These are the questions that inspired the theme of this summit,” said Anuradha Rao, President, Women in Management club, IIM Bangalore.
IIMB is the only management school in India to lead in school diversity with 28% women in the two-year management program, 21% women faculty and 25% of women on the school advisory board.
Started in 2014, the Women in Management (WIM) club at IIMB aims to promote gender equality and encourage women to find their rightful place in education, industry and entrepreneurship. Towards this end, the WIM club has launched several initiatives (such as summits, talks, workshops, mentoring sessions and networking events) to create awareness about the challenges faced by women in industry and the role to be played by various stakeholders in encouraging and developing women leaders.
The summit typically witnesses an enthusiastic turnout not only from IIMB, but also from various other colleges and companies in Bangalore. Last year, the theme of the summit was ‘Take the Leap’, focusing on the need for women to make bold career decisions overcoming the various constraints they are often faced with. The keynote speaker in 2015 was serial entrepreneur Meena Ganesh, MD & CEO, Portea Medical. In 2016, the summit hosted Rama Bijapurkar, a leading consultant in market strategy, and Sanjaya Sharma, Founder-CEO of Tata Interactive Systems and Tata ClassEdge, to deliver keynote addresses.