2020 Agenda to be announced soon



Karen Gill MBE, Co-Founder, Everywoman Ltd
Maxine Benson MBE, Co-Founder, Everywoman Ltd

Opening Keynote Presentation: The Role of Women in the Future World of Work

Women, even though strong on aspirations and skills often have fewer networks than men and multiple challenges when designing their career paths. This powerful keynote will set the tone for the day and showcase new insights designed to empower attendees to understand the professional and personal mindsets that hold women back and how to navigate them.

Sandhya Vasudevan, Managing Director, Deutsche Group and Regulatory Officer for APAC and Globally for Corporate Services, Deutsche Bank Group

Power Panel: Advancing Women in the Workplace

Women must create the future by innovating and inspiring change. This panel of leaders will explore new ways in which women can advance themselves, their organisations, their teams – and the next generation to achieve the aim of gender parity. Points for discussion

  • The business case for women in business
  • How can you develop and gain support from male allies?
  • What does the next generation need and how do you bring millennials into the conversation?
  • What does the future of work look like?

Facilitator: Marya Shakil, Political Editor and Senior Anchor, CNN-News18

Confirmed panelists:
Jayashree Mitra, Head, Global Regulatory Portfolio  Management
Gayathri Ramamurthy, Diversity and Inclusion – India, Capgemini
Ashok Lodha, Director - Global Markets at Barclays
Anil Gupta, Head, Global Capability Centre, General Atlantic
Rupal Thakkar, Head of Client Ops, Mumbai, Morgan Stanley

Morning Networking Break
Master’s Panel: Becoming the Leader You Want to Become and Navigating the Workplace Now and in the Future

In this practical session, industry leaders will discuss their key tips for building a successful career. Points for discussion:

  • Stepping out of your comfort zone
  • Networking
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • Resilience

Confirmed panelists:
Prashanthi Reddy, President & Head of Digital Strategy – Digital Transformation, Future Digital & Business Services, Yes Bank
Vidya Laxman, Technology Director, Tesco
Priyanka Jain, Head of Legal & Compliance, Experian India
Divya Sundaresh, Co-Head of SSBO India and Head of Data Operations India, 
Morgan Stanley

Inclusivity in Tech: Creating the Next Generation of Leaders

With an estimated 35% of specialist tech roles in India filled by women, India boasts a higher national average than many other countries often attributed to the number of women in STEM related education. So the question remains, what practical steps need to be taken to help you step up into a tech leadership role and help surpass these statistics at board level? This session will discuss the new opportunities in tech as the future world of work evolves.

Dr. Bijna K. Dasani, International Award-Winning Innovation and Strategy Executive
Dimple Batra, Sr. Program Manager, Google


Choose your roundtable, make new connections and engage in peer-to-peer learning. Choose from tables on:

  • New manager support
  • Managing your returnship
  • Forget mentorship think sponsorship – what’s it all about and how can you get it or give it?
  • Designing your work life integration
  • How to say no and own it
  • Preparing for leadership
  • How to engage male agents of change
  • How to overcome limiting beliefs
  • Building your resilience

Shivangi Ambani, Senior Sector Lead, FCO, 
Tina Vinod, Head - Diversity & Inclusion, ThoughtWorks, India
Poonam Ajgaonkar, HR Director India, Experian
Ruma Rao, DGM- Diversity and Inclusion, Tata Group
Smitha Jacob, Founder, Map Your Story
Abha Bhartia, Founder, WeMantra Consulting LLP

Lunch and networking
Power Hour 1 – Influencing Without Authority

“All of us are born with the ability to change someone’s perspective or emotions, never waste that gift. It is one of the most powerful gifts God can give - the ability to influence.” Shannon L. Alder

In this Power Hour attendees will gain insights on how the skills of powerful influencers can be turned into practical tools that you can use to gain genuine buy-in, even in the most challenging situations. Points for discussion:

  • Influencing Up - What are your challenges?
  • Understand the Science of Persuasion
  • Using Communication Styles Effectively

Abha Bhartia, Founder, WeMantra Consulting LLP
Padmaja Vaswani, Founder, WeMantra Consulting LLP

Light Afternoon Networking Break
Power Hour 2 – Storytelling - An influential communication tool

Storytelling has been identified as one of the most impactful skills for getting a message across and connecting with others. Stories build a bridge between the teller and the listener which emotionally binds them to work together. This ability to recollect, process, and communicate through stories has made the human being the most powerful species on earth.

In this session attendees will discuss:

  • The power of telling stories
  • How stories can bring change
  • Why we need to change the old narrative and create new voices about women
  • How to craft your story with purpose and passion to resonates with your audience

Smitha Jacob, Founder, Map Your Story

Developing our Future Leaders – how our story is their story

Developing the future generation begins at the grassroots – hear from Shalini Singh, Tata Power’s Chief of Corporate Communications & Sustainability on how she is inspiring and engaging girls of today to become the powerful women of tomorrow.

With a background in Communications for the Power, IT and Telecoms sectors, Shalini is no stranger to working in male-dominated industries. Hear her story on how she has risen through the ranks, challenges faced and overcome and how she has engaged the support of those around her in her crusade to live in a more diverse and sustainable future for all.

This session will leave you revitalised, re-energised and ready to make amazing things happen.

Shalini Singh, Chief- Corporate Communications & Sustainability, TATA Power

Reflections of the Day and Closing remarks
Close of Forum