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Panel Discussion on Re-Thinking Women in Leadership : An Indo US Perspective

(L- R) Ms.Priya Chetty Rajagopal – Chairperson IACC Womens Business Council; Mr.Raman Govindarajan, Chairman IACC-TN Branch; Ms.Jennifer McIntyre, Consul General, Chennai; Ms.Ranjini Manian, CEO Global Adjustments Pvt Ltd; Ms.Jaya Vaidhyanathan, Executive VP & Head, Scope International; Mr.Ravi Shankar, Senior VP, HCL Technologies; Ms.Srimathi Shivashankar, Associate VP- Diversity & Sustainability, HCL Technologies

The IACC Women’s Business Council (WBC ) hosted the first of its multicity , pan Indian leadership event focussing on “ Re-Thinking Women in Leadership : An Indo US Perspective”, in Chennai on March 09, 2012 to pay tribute to the women leaders who have lit their own blaze in the horizon .

The US Consul General at Chennai Ms Jennifer McIntyre delivered the keynote address laying emphasis on the role of education in women empowerment and that the Government of both countries should ensure that women issues should be interlocked in all strategic dialogues. She spoke about eminent women leaders such as Sunitha Williams, Indira Nooyi and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. Ms. McIntyre spoke about how Women leaders are those who have accomplished great things, contributed back to society and also pursued their interests and hobbies.

Mr. Ravi Shankar , Senior VP HCL Technologies spoke about how money, wealth and happiness in the Indian Culture were represented by Women Goddesses. He laid stress on the need for companies to create policies that would accommodate women and focus on learning and development in the mentoring of women. It is also necessary that companies should remove gender biased thought processes such as Sales roles are for men and Finance and HR for women. Women should be treated equally to men and not any differently.

Ms. Ranjini Manian, CEO, Global Adjustments Services Pvt Ltd discussed the need of involvement of men in discussions regarding women issues. Ms.Manian said that women are more intuitive than men and more emotional as well.

Ms .Jaya Viadhyanathan Executive VP and Head Technology, Scope International Pvt. Ltd. spoke about how All women leaders chose the less trodden path and then made it the well trodden path. 75% of purchasing decisions are made by women and hence it makes sense to have women in leadership to influence customers. Women don’t change jobs as frequently as men do.

Ms. Srimathi Shivashankar – Associate VP, Diversity & Sustainability, HCL Technologies reported that relocations after marriage are also being implemented by men today and not only women.

 Ms. Priya Chetty Rajagopal – Founder Chair  IACC Women’s Business Council and Vice President & Partner Stanton Chase International moderated the panel discussion. The event was sponsored by HCL Technologies

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