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Accelerating Gender Balanced Leadership

A Quarterly Tracker

July 2020

During the last few months, our team at TalentNomics India embraced the “new normal” brought upon us by the Covid-19 pandemic and successfully moved to a completely virtual model of working as well as executing our training, mentoring, research and networking initiatives.

We delivered high impact virtual sessions of our CruciBOLD2020 and GSK WeLeAP Leadership programs for women professionals.

We launched Network for Enabling Women Start-Up Ecosystem (NEWSE), a new initiative for enabling women entrepreneurs to launch successfully and scale to their potential. Amazing entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, policy makers have come together to create a platform that will leverage all current resources and fill key gaps to support women entrepreneurs.

Our 5th Annual Leadership Conference, coming up in November 2020, will also be on a virtual platform and we plan to have a significantly more global outreach than ever before.

Going forward, we are extremely mindful of the fact that the life-changing Covid-19 pandemic has increased the urgency for creating gender parity at leadership. That is because the crisis has been disproportionately severe on women, and many women’s careers are likely to be negatively impacted.

But this has also proved to be an opportune time for female leadership to thrive, as shown by the impact created by several female world leaders - from grassroot levels to national levels. Women leaders have attracted praise for effective messaging, decisive actions and for their leadership styles of empathy, compassion and inclusiveness.

Therefore, in the coming months, we hope to step up our efforts to partner with policymakers, employers, leaders and society at large to enable a shift in mindsets, policies and practices to enable an equal world.

We also believe that the current crisis provides an opportunity for women to take the responsibility of empowering themselves to deal with the new reality with resilience, compassion and empathy – and we have developed some useful tools and guidance for them on how to move forward.

Ipsita Kathuria
Founder and CEO
TalentNomics India

Updates from TalentNomics India

Leadership and Mentoring Programs

Concluded GSK WeLeAP 2019-20 -We are delighted to have concluded GSK WeLeAP, the six- month long leadership initiative for 19 budding women leaders at GSK India. The program concluded with very encouraging commitments from all participants to continue their leadership journey using various techniques they picked up during the program that was especially designed for GSK. The cohort had the opportunity to learn from Global Leaders through leadership catch-up sessions over the last six months and through engaging in one on one conversations with seasoned mentors.

Session Highlights.

Know more about the Program here.

Virtually conducted the 3rd CruciBOLD2020 session in May

Negotiating for themselves does not naturally come to women but they need to learn to do this and do this without guilt if they want to be leaders. We had an enriching discussion on the theme “Negotiating for Self: Toughest Negotiations of my Life and Lessons Learnt”. Extremely Grateful to our Speakers -

Sudha Sastri (Coach to likes of for Mary Kom), highlighted that successful negotiations require having a “BATNA”, preparation, collaboration, trust & self-worth.

Archana Subramanya (EVP & Head, Global Regulatory Platforms & Delivery Centres, GSK) stressed that women shouldn't allow self-criticism to become a deterrent to asking for what they need.

Saurabh Srivastava (Institutional builder & our Board Member) emphasized that “the biggest negotiating mistake is not negotiate at all” - and in negotiations the focus should just be on “how it is done” Nikita Singla moderated panel discussion & shared her experiences from holding global roles and solo back-packing trips across 40+ countries.

Nikita Singla (Associate Director, BRIEF) moderated panel discussion & shared her experiences from holding global roles and solo back-packing trips across 40+ countries.

Session Highlights.

Know more about the Program here.

Coming Up Next: CruciBOLD Ripple in July 2020 – As part of Ripple, CruciBOLD 2020 participants will mentor at least one female young professional over six months. This intervention is designed to give back and expand the pool of future women leaders by creating a ripple effect. Know more

Platforms for Change

Launched: Network for Enabling Women in the Start-up Ecosystem (NEWSE) – Women have the power to change the employment landscape of India-as per a recent research report published by Bain and Google. We are delighted to launch NEWSE as a Network of prominent stakeholders who are passionate about impacting the ecosystem for women start-ups and entrepreneurs. Looking forward to this platform changing the landscape for women entrepreneurs in India and enabling them to be drivers of employment!

Learn more about NEWSE’s membership and objectives here

Designed a Leadership Toolkit for Women Professionals

Explore the Leadership Toolkit here.

We have developed self-help tools and collated resources that could help women move forward in all spectrums of empowerment and understand what they should focus on to become leaders of tomorrow. These aim to enable women leaders to navigate the current times and also prepare them to emerge stronger and resilient as well as become more compassionate and inclusive leaders.

Coming up Next: TalentNomics India Annual Leadership Conference, 2020 in November – Not to be missed by anyone wanting to be an impactful leader or passionate about helping to build an inclusive leadership pipeline in these uncertain times. Join us to share stories of resilience and deliberate with thought leaders, to discover how to bring back stability and create a more equitable world.

Mark your calendars for November 5th and 6th, 2020.

We will update you with details very soon!

TalentNomics India Team Updates

New members of our Advisory Council

Delighted to have on Board Shilpa Ajwani (CEO, unomantra, former MD, Tupperware), Cathy Cardona (Leadership Coach with experience in Senior Leadership at World Bank, IMF); Heena Handa (Creative Head, EDC Space) and Radha Mukherjee, (Founder and CEO, Shero Consulting, former CEO, DDB, Oman). Our Advisory Council serves as a multi-disciplinary sounding board and provides expertise and advice to the TalentNomics team on the various strands of work.

Volunteering Opportunities now open

If you are passionate about gender balance at leadership levels and want to contribute your time, you can now volunteer for TalentNomics India. You can volunteer your time in areas of your interest and expertise-for Mentoring women, organisation of our Annual Leadership Conference, with Content Development, Editing and Research and Surveys. Express interest by filling up this form here

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