Young Thinkers' Conference at ISB, Hyderabad

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November 16, 2018 | Friday
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November 16, 2018, Hyderabad: Women's Excellence Initiative (WEI) at Indian School of Business (ISB) partnered with the British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad to organise 2018 edition of the Young Thinkers’ Conference (YTC) at ISB, Hyderabad . YTC is the British High Commission’s flagship foreign and security policy conference. The theme of 2018 Hyderabad edition of YTC was ‘Women in Leadership – Benefits & Barriers’.

Professor Milind Sohoni, Deputy Dean, Indian School of Business, in his welcome address talked about the need to increase diversity that will help in building businesses and the nation. He mentioned that ISB is ranked at No.26 in the world as far as women participation is concerned and it is something the School emphasises at various platforms. “We must have a larger agenda for women participation”, he said.
 
Ms. Kavitha Kalvakuntla, Member of Parliament, delivered the keynote address at the inaugural session. She talked about three important issues that women often face, which seek greater attention. Firstly, the geographical places and the workplaces must be made women-friendly; secondly, there is a need for gender-budgeting at the national level. It is initiated by the Government of Telangana in few important departments relating to health and education; thirdly, access to finance to women.
 
Talking about women leadership, the Nizamabad MP emphasised that India as a nation never had a mental block to have women in top leadership. However, there is a long way to go to achieve women’s excellence, and this needs support from men and emancipation of women through education.  
 
Mr Andrew Fleming, British Deputy High Commissioner, Hyderabad talked about the importance of entrepreneurial women and the need to support it. The UK government is envisaging 1.1 million women entrepreneurs, which will add 95 billion pounds, by 2025. However, referring to WEF reports, which showed a widening of the gender gap in education, health, economic and political empowerment, he emphasised the need for addressing the inequality that persists in spite of the clear advantage of having women in economic and political roles. “155 countries have at least one law, which discriminates women; women in 18 countries cannot get a job without permission from their husbands; 1 billion women workers still lack protection. Access to capital with appropriate skills and network are important to empower women”, he said.
 
2018 YTC had five themes for discussion: Changing Stereotypes; STEAMing Ahead – breaking the glass ceiling; Her Story: Women who are changing India; Two to Tango – Mentor and Mentee Dialogues; and MeToo – Now What?
 
Some of the prominent speakers at the sessions include: Ms Swati Lakra, IPS, IGP (Women Safety), & In-Charge SHE Teams & Bharosa Centres, Government of Telangana; Mr Mahesh Bhagwat, IPS, Rachakonda Police Commissioner, Government of Telangana; Dr R S Praveen Kumar, IPS, Secretary, Telangana Residential Education Society, Government of Telangana; Ms Aishwarya Boddpati, Lieutenant Commander, Indian Navy (Team member of INSV Tarani); Ms Jaahnvi Sriperambuduru, Indian Mountaineer; Ms Temsutula Imsong, Social Activist; Ms Malavath Poorna, Mountaineer; among many others.

The conference saw participation in huge numbers with people coming in from all sectors. Reema Gupta, Co-Lead, Women's Excellence Initiative, kept the audience engaged throughout the event through a poll which had questions pertaining to various aspects of a working woman's life and the barriers she faces at workplace.