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.

Keynote: Leadership – What Good Leadership Looks Like

Whether you are in your first leadership role, leading a large team or thinking about stepping into a leadership role in the future, your development, self-reflection and awareness of how you are meeting challenges are paramount. You cannot lead others until you can lead yourself. In this session, our keynote speaker will share her experiences with leadership – good & bad leadership traits she has experienced and her learnings and advice on how to become the best leader you can be.

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?

Confirmed panelists:
Jayashree Mitra, Senior Vice President – Head, Global Regulatory Portfolio Management, Standard Chartered Bank
Gayathri Ramamurthy, Diversity and Inclusion – India, Capgemini
Ashok Lodha, Director - Global Markets at Barclays

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 Banking Strategy – Digital Transformation, Fintechs & Business Services, Yes Bank
Vidya Laxman, Technology Director, Tesco
Sandhya Vasudevan, Managing Director at DBOI Global Services Pvt Ltd; Deutsche Bank Group

Introduction to Roundtables – The everywoman Way

In this session hear from everywoman founders, Karen Gill and Maxine Benson on their experiences with topics including managing returnship, mentoring and sponsorship, the importance of male agents of change and how to overcome limiting beliefs. This session will be followed by a roundtable session where attendees will have the chance to explore these subjects in more detail.

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


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

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

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

How Courage + Dreams = Success: Why My Story is Her Story

After her husband was martyred fighting terrorists on the battlefield, Shalini Singh struggled to see her future. However with a young child depending on her, she found her strength and courage to move forward. What happened next was a rollercoaster of highs and lows – from becoming an Army Officer, to a near fatal accident with life-changing injuries, to winning Mrs India 2017 and representing India on international stage. Now Chief Corporate Communications and Sustainability Officer at Tata Power, Shalini Singh is an inspirational role model for all women and a true example of how every adversity can be turned into an opportunity. In this final keynote Shalini will share her powerful story and leave you believing that anything is possible.

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

Reflections of the Day and Closing remarks