Session Descriptions

Five sessions are proposed for the conference that will include prominent women in their respective field as well as the many next-gen male leaders & role models who support the objective of increasing women’s representation in leadership roles.

Venue: Khemka Auditorium, Hyderabad Campus
0900 to 1000Registrations
1000 to 1030Welcome Speech and Morning Keynote Address
  • Kavitha Kalvakuntla, Member of Parliament
  • Andrew Fleming, British Deputy High Commissioner, Hyderabad
  • Professor Milind G Sohoni, Deputy Dean, Indian School of Business
1030 to 1200Session 1: Changing Stereotypes
Teaching and nursing are traditionally considered “women’s jobs,” with women comprising at least 80% of the workforce in these areas. However, women are expanding their roles in business and entrepreneurship. They are no longer bound by traditional occupational expectations that society once reserved for them.
In this session, we bring to you a few Masters of the Trade who defied the odds, broke the barriers, entered unchartered territories and made them their own. What does it take for a woman to enter and then rule the world not meant for her? 
1200 to 1315Session 2: STEAMing Ahead- Breaking the Glass Ceiling
While women are making a mark in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM), they are not attaining the highest levels of leadership at the same pace as men. Significant gender inequity exists in female talent recruitment, promotion and retention, even though roughly equal numbers of men and women enter the workforce.
The panel discussion moderated by Ms. Reema Gupta will walk you through the experiences of some accomplished women leaders who decided to dream bigger and pursue their dreams. You will find out what these women gained and lost, and what their enablers as well as roadblocks were. And a man will tell you how, contrary to popular belief, men might not have it all.
1315 to 1415Lunch
1415 to 1445Session 3: The Millennial Worldview
Millennials, the generation born between 1981 and 1995, entered the workforce during times of flux, with globalism, technology and demographic shifts changing the nature of work.
What is the Millennials’ worldview? How do they make their personal and professional choices? What needs to be done to energize this generation as future leaders? And, how do you retain them? A team of brilliant actors will come together to bring you a short skit on how the Millennials view the world.
1445 to 1500Introduction to Women’s Excellence Initiative
Reema Gupta, Co – Lead, Women’s Excellence Initiative and Head, Centre for Learning and Management Practice, Indian School of Business
1500 to 1530Session 4: Her Story – Women who are changing India
These are tales of women who have become role models for many. They come from diverse backgrounds and work in different areas yet have in common, the spirit of a warrior and acknowledgment by the Prime Minister of the country.
1530 to 1600Session 5: Two to Tango- Mentor and Mentee Dialogues
Behind each successful protégé is a guiding mentor. As trusted advisors who guide younger and less experienced individuals, mentors hold up the mirror to their mentees’ strengths and weaknesses. What have both mentors and mentees gained through this collaborative experience?
1600 to 1715Session 6: #MeToo – Now What?
Their stories shook the world. They were going up against big names, but these women could not stay quiet any more. Women from across professions and age groups took to social media to name and shame their abusers.
What will be the consequences of these revelations? Will anything change at all? Are women going to be safer at workplace? What does the MeToo movement mean for men? Professor Saumya Sindhwani will speak to a journalist, a lawyer, an activist and “just a regular man” to find out the answers.
1715 to 1730Closing Remarks
D N V Kumara Guru, Director, External Relations, ISB
1730 onwardHigh Tea