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    2019 Working Mother and Avtar Best Practices of the 100 Best Conference

    • 08 Nov 2019
    • ITC Grand Chola, Chennai


    While every organization wants to be inclusive, how many actually succeed in creating an organic, nuturing environment of Inclusion that is appreciated by all the employees? We know the answer to that question, don't we? In our quest for creating sustainable workplaces most of us have invested in the journey of inclusion. But unless we break away from the usual practices and policies, go beyond the age-old mindsets which grip us from within, we are not going to go far in this journey. It is time we looked within ourselves, our policies, our practices, our beliefs of rights and wrongs - it is time we innovate to include. 

    The Working Mother and Avtar Best Practices of the 100 Best Conference, or the Best of the Best Conference in short, is India's most looked forward to event in the D&I Calendar. And this year, we are innovating to include too! Apart from the strand of Gender that we are best known for, this year will see the inclusion of other strands of diversity - LGBTQ+, People with Disablities, Generation.

    Senior Business Leaders

    Diversity Practitioners

    HR Heads/Managers

    Women Professionals


    • 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

      Networking Breakfast

    • 09:00 AM - 09:10 AM

      Welcome address:

      Dr. Saundarya Rajesh will throw light on the four years of The Working Mother and Avtar Best Companies for Women in India Study – the treasure trove of data, the tremendous progress made by the Companies and what implications it could have on India Inc. in the coming decade.

      Dr. Saundarya Rajesh, Founder – President, Avtar

    • 09:10 AM - 09:30 AM

      Keynote Address: Innovation as the key to Inclusion in the workplace

      Innovation is about breakthroughs, finding new, effective ways to solve existing problems. Through this Keynote address, the speaker will answer some crucial questions on how organizations should break the age-old thought processes and look to move into new territories of action which will enable inclusion.

      Erika Brown, Global D&I Lead, Goldman Sachs 

    • 09:30 AM - 10:15 AM

      CEO Panel: Leading Innovation – How Leadership enables breakthroughs for Inclusion
      A panel of eminent CEOs will discuss about the blind spots that prevail in organizations while deliberating and executing the inclusion agenda, drawing on their own experiences of how they recognized these blind spots and how it led to innovative practices that have made their organizations more inclusive.

      • Tammy Redpath, SVP and President, Target Corporation, India
      • Rama Ramachandran, Managing Director, Accenture
      • Jamil Khatri, Partner & Head of Audit, BSR
      • Moderator: Dr. Saundarya Rajesh, Founder – President, Avtar


    • 10.15 AM to 10.25 AM

      Special Address: Best Practices on Inclusion from around the Globe

      A presentation of key insights on the next practices and trends in D&I.

      Subha Barry, President, Working Mother Media

    • 10.30 AM to 11.00 AM

      Awards Segment 1

      Most Inclusive Companies Index – Champions of Inclusion Award

      The winners of the Champions of Inclusion in the inaugural edition of the Working Mother and Avtar Most Inclusive Companies in India shall be honoured and celebrated in making their workplaces inclusive for all.

    • 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

      Male Ally Legacy Award

      The winners and the choice of jury for the Male Ally Legacy Award will be presented.

    • 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

      Puthri Award for Excellence in CSR

      Thiru K Pandiarajan, Minister for Tamil official Language & Tamil Culture will present the Puthri Award for Excellence in CSR to companies for their exemplary contributions towards increasing Women’s Workforce participation.

    • 11.30 AM to 12.00 PM

      Networking Break

    • 12:00 PM to 1.00 PM

      BOB EXCLUSIVES – Case Study: Innovative Best Practices towards Inclusion
      The Leaders from the 2019 Best Companies for Women and Most Inclusive Companies, will share impactful stories from their transformational journey of D&I in their organisations in the Innovative Best Practices Session covering Gender, Generation, PwD, LGBTQ+

      Breakout Session – 1

      Getting to Equal

      Sailaja Bhagavatula, Managing Director, Accenture

      Changing Paradigm for Women in Sales

      Dr. Gunjan Kaul Singh, Head of Ethics and Compliance, Eli Lilly

      From Farm to Table - Women in Manufacturing

      Priyanka Virwani, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Nestlé India

      Breakout Session – 2

      Wipro’s journey in building an Inclusive culture

      Sunita Cherian, Senior Vice President - Human Resources and Global I&D Head – Wipro

      Best Practices on People with Disabilities

      Michelle Nebbs, Head of Human Resources, Bengaluru Service Centre, ANZ

      PwC’s Diversity Inclusion Index

      Svetha Verma, Senior director- Diversity & Inclusion and Human Capital - India and Global PwC

      Breakout Session – 3

      Building Leadership through Inclusion

      Vikas Gupta – Director- Global Head of Risk Change Business Delivery Centres, Credit Suisse

      Springboard - Making a Difference - The Story of Gender Inclusivity @ JSW

      Ajanta Chatterjee, Vice President – HR, JSW Group

      Approach to Co-opting Men as Allies: Encouraging Conversations on Inclusion & Diversity and the role Men can play

      Mahesh Moorthy, Vice President (Engineering), Qualcomm -  Qualcomm

    • 01.00 PM to 02.00 PM

      Networking Lunch

    • 02.00 PM to 03.00 PM

      Breakout Session – 4

      Fireside chat – Brazing the Storm: Why Gender matters in tackling Climate change   

      This session explores how women and girls play critical role in the fight against climate change. How can we collectively work towards taking successful action on climate change by engaging women as stakeholders, planners and active participants?

      • David Verdier, CTO & CSR, Soc Gen
      • Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Director, Deloitte
      • Sanjana Vaidya – Associate VP & Function Head - Talent Processes and Diversity & Inclusion, Zensar Technologies.
      • Thiru Nagarajan, Director - HR Global Business Service IBM (Moderator)

      Breakout Session – 5 

      Talks -  My identity – my world

      This session will feature iconic speakers who have defied odds to create a path for themselvesin the way they express their own identity, while also shaping the narrative for the world around them.

      • Abhijit Iyer Mitra, Senior Fellow, Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies & Defence Economist
      • Akkai Padmashalli, Transgender Activist, Motivational Speaker and Singer
      • Sandhya Menon, Journalist, #Metoo Campaigner #TheRestlessQuill

      Breakout Session – 6 

      Workshop on Inclusion and Belonging

      An interactive Workshop where participants can develop increased awareness towards the concept of“Belonging”, understand its business case and focus on how to create a culture of Belonging back at their workplaces. This Workshop will be facilitated using online polling tool, self-reflection exercise and peer learning. 

      • Sreekanth Arimanithaya, Global Talent Leader, EY GDS
      • Jaya Virwani, D&I and Ethics Leader, EY GDS
      • Jeniffer Manchikanti, Assistant Director – D&I, EY GDS
    • 03.15 PM to 04.30 PM

      Awards Segment 2:

      Best Companies for Women - Top 10 and 100 Best 

      The fourth annual awards for Working Mother and Avtar Best Companies for Women in India will be given away as we recognize the stellar companies that have made it to this prestigious list of 2019.

    • 04.30 PM to 05.15 PM

      Closing Plenary

      Inclusion as a tool for Business Continuity Management

      Organisations around the world, across sectors have been victims of all sorts of disruptions. Business continuity management (BCM) capabilities enable organisations to restore their businesses to normal operations following an unanticipated disaster or business interruption. This session will explore how a diverse and inclusive workforce can become powerful agents of change in developing effective business continuity management capabilities.

      • Praveen Kumar, Co CEO, Barclays Global Service Centre
      • Anu Sriram, Co-Founder & Joint Managing Director, Integra Software Services
      • Tarun Verma, Vice President – HR, Shell in India
    • 05.15 PM to 05.30 PM

      Closing Address

      The Importance of Inclusion in the world today

      Mr. Karthik Ekambaram, Senior Vice President, Avtar

    • 05:30 PM to 06:00 PM

      Hi - Tea


    Subha Barry

    President, Working Mother Media

    Tarun N P Varma,

    VP - Human Resources, Shell India

    Erika Irish Brown

    Chief Diversity Officer, Goldman Sachs

    Tammy Redpath

    SVP & President, Target in India

    Kajol Srinivasan

    Stand Up Comic

    Dr. Akkai Padmashali

    Social Activist

    David Verdier

    Head - Global Technology Solutions, Société Générale Global Solution Centre (SG GSC)

    Abhijit Iyer Mitra

    Senior Fellow, Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies

    Michelle Nebbs

    Talent & Culture Head, ANZ Support Services India Pvt Ltd

    Mahesh Moorthy

    Vice President (Engineering), Qualcomm

    Sandhya Menon

    Journalist, #MeToo Campaigner

    Sunita Cherian

    Senior Vice President - Human Resources and Global I&D Head, Wipro

    Dr. Inderjeet Singh

    Director, Deloitte India

    Vikas Gupta

    Director, Credit Suisse

    Thiru Nagarajan

    Director - Human Resources & Global Business Services, IBM India

    Dr. Gunjan Kaul Singh

    Ethics and Compliance Officer, Eli Lilly India

    Thiru K. Pandiarajan

    Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture

    Sailaja Bhagavatula

    Managing Director, Accenture

    Jaya Virwani

    D&I and Ethics Leader, EY GDS

    Jennifer Manchikanti

    Assistant Director – D&I, EY GDS

    Dr. Saundarya Rajesh

    Founder & President, Avtar

    Ajanta Chatterjee

    Vice President HR, JSW Group

    Jamil Khatri

    Partner & Head of Audit, BSR & Co

    Priyanka Virmani

    Head – Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Nestlé South Asia

    Praveen Kumar

    Co-Chief Executive Officer, BGSC India

    Shveta Verma

    Senior director - Diversity & Inclusion and Human Capital, PwC India and Global

    Sanjana Vaidya

    Associate VP & Function Head - Talent Processes and Diversity & Inclusion, Zensar Technologies


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