National Conclave on
Welcome Address Gp Capt R Vijayakumar (Retd), VSM Executive Director, MMA
WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP â€“ FUTURE PERSPECTIVES
Overview of the Conclave Mr Ganesh Chella Co-founder & Managing Director Coaching Foundation India (P) Ltd
Admitting Ms Nirmala Menon as Honorary Fellow and presenting citation of honour to CFI Coaches Keynote Address by the Chief Guest
Chief Guest: Ms Abanti Sankaranarayanan Chief Strategy & Corporate Affairs Officer, Diageo India
Ms Abanti Sankaranarayanan Chief Strategy & Corporate Affairs Officer Diageo India
Q&A 7:25 PM
FRIDAY JAN 29, 2021 | 6.00 PM
Vote of Thanks Mr Suresh Srinivasan CEO Coaching Foundation India (P) Ltd
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MADRAS MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
OBJECTIVE The engage all stakeholders in discussions about the unique context that informs and influences the ability of women to raise to levels of leadership within organisations and sustain it. Such discussions will raise awareness and also influence the design and launch of the right kind of developmental interventions that will see more and more women in leadership in India.
SYNOPSIS While the
efforts needed to become a leader are fairly universal, there are additional challenges,
hurdles, biases, prejudices and belief systems that women seemed to face. Clearly, there is need for envisioning an alternate model for developing women in leadership.
CFI has been deeply committed to the cause of women in leadership in India. Its research on the subject reveals that women tend to either drop out or moderate their leadership ambitions once they reach mid-senior management levels. This is more often driven by competing personal and professional
CFI uses research, education and development to address this burning need. It is also constantly making efforts to bring the whole system into the room for deliberations about this all important subject. The current conclave is yet another effort in this direction.
HONORARY FELLOWS CFI deems it a privilege to acknowledge the contribution of some of the most distinguished professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Coaching and the larger field of
leader development in India. CFI has been doing this by admitting them as Honorary
Fellows of CFI.
This year, CFI will be honouring Ms. Nirmala Menon, Founder & CEO Interweave Consulting for her contributions to empowering women in organisations by admitting her as an Honorary Fellow of CFI.
As Founder & CEO at Interweave, her contributions in the field of Diversity and Inclusion has been recognised with her being listed among the "Top 50 Diversity Professionals" in the Global Diversity List.
Over the last 13 years, Interweave has been a pioneer in D&I and Women’s Leadership Development consulting space in India and was part of the first informal international advisory group of the UN Global Compact & the UNIFEM that finalised the Women’s Empowerment Principles. Nirmala’s work covers areas like Gender balance, biases at work, generational diversity, women’s leadership etc and these are
delivered over multiple platforms like workshops, webinars and videos, e-Learning
solutions etc. Through her tireless work, she has touched the lives of thousands of women and significantly enhanced their ability to stay in the game, build sustainable careers and raise to levels of leadership.
CITATION OF HONOUR We will also be presenting a citation of honour to five senior CFI Coaches for their contribution to SheLeads, CFI’s flagship women leadership program
Profile of the Chief Guest ABANTI SANKARANARAYANAN Abanti Sankaranarayanan leads the Strategy and Corporate Affairs functions at Diageo India (United Spirits Ltd) and is a member of its 8-member Executive Committee.
matters, Market Access, Corporate Communications & Reputation and programs to address alcohol misuse, champion responsible consumption and deliver Social Impact. As head of Strategy, Abanti leads strategy development & execution for Diageo’s business in India.
industry. Prior to her current role, Abanti was Managing Director, Diageo India Pvt Ltd, leading Diageo’s ambitious business mandate for international spirits in India. Under her leadership, Diageo’s brand portfolio in India delivered strong double
Abanti joined Diageo in June 2010 as the Marketing and Innovation Director responsible
Smirnoff, VAT 69 and Cîroc.
Prior to Diageo, Abanti served as a member of the Tata Administrative Service (TAS)
managing some of the best-known consumer brands of the Tata Group in India, United Kingdom and the United States. In her 17-year career with the Tata group, Abanti
London, the Taj Group of Hotels- Mumbai & New York, Tata Housing & Tata Finance in Mumbai.
Abanti is Co-Chair of International Spirits & Wines Association of India (ISWAI), the industry body for domestic alcohol beverage producers in India. She also serves on the Boards of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), UK India Business Council in India (UKIBC India) and Arvind Fashions Ltd.
Her contribution to the business has been recognized by BW BusinessWorld (Most Influential Women, 2020) Fortune India (The Most Powerful Women in Business; 2012,
Marketing and Advertising; 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017), India Today (India’s 25 Most Influential Women, 2013) and Fast Company, New York (100 Most Creative People in Business, 2012),
Abanti is now the first woman from India and the first person from Diageo India to be a Keeper of the Quaich, an international recognition for a select group of people around the world for their outstanding contribution to the Scotch Whisky industry.
Abanti is an Economics Graduate from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.
Jointly organised with Coaching Foundation India (CFI) & WMF