Rajendra Srivastava
Dean and Novartis Professor of Marketing Strategy and Innovation, Indian School of Business When ISB started in 2001, we only had 16% female students. Over the years we have seen the numbers grow to 31%. However we would like to see this number grow even more. Women participation in the work force has both direct and indirect benefits for the household, for the organization and for the society at large. While we understand some of the issues that engulf women participation, active involvement and rise in the workforce, we at ISB are initiating a research agenda that focuses on solutioning of these problems and challenges. The agenda would involve academic and practitioner partnership in order to generate strong and meaningful dialogue and discussion resulting in thought leadership and action plans on how can women’s involvement in all sections of the workforce be more enriching and meaningful. 

Further, we at ISB are leaving no stone unturned to equip our female graduates to be ready for tomorrow’s challenges. We hope to use the research findings to strengthen the cause and look forward to your participation in this endeavour.
Professor Saumya Sindhwani
Clinical Assistant Professor, ISB Research has shown that women participation in the workforce is good for the organisations, so in essence, Diversity is good! Yet only a small number of organisations and leaders are truly willing to stick their necks out for women colleagues. This initiative is our humble attempt to seek answers to the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of attracting, retaining and nurturing women in the workforce. The story is a little different in the third sector and the social enterprises where women dominate the scene. So there is something that these sectors are doing and mainstream corporates may need to emulate. Further, maybe it is time to re-evaluate the metrics that govern our corporate mindsets, and while making a meaningful and enriching place for women in the workforce we may create organisations that are truly future ready.

This initiative aims to seek answers to the above questions and besides insights, it may also generate more questions for discussion and debate as we move forward in this direction.