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D&I Logues: It Takes EACH of Us will explore individuals and organizations that have intentionally made change through the four leadership behaviors that Catalyst has linked to inclusion, team citizenship, and employee innovation: Empowerment, Accountability, Courage, and Humility (EACH). It takes EACH of us to make change for all of us.

Watch the video with Indialogues Task Force participants!

9:00 a.m. Registration

9:30 a.m. Introductory Remarks

► Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst

► Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India WRC

9:50 a.m. Supporting Sponsor Remarks - Citi

► Anuranjita Kumar, Managing Director, Chief Human Resources Officer, Citi South Asia

10:10 a.m. Keynote Speech by Lead Sponsor Genpact

► Anjali Singh, SVP & COO, Banking & Financial Services, Genpact

10:30 a.m. Leader to Leader Conversation

► Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, chats with iconic leader, Dr. NS Rajan, Chair, Catalyst India Advisory Board and Group Chief Human Resources Officer and Member, Group Executive Council, Tata Sons, about inclusive leadership. 

11:25 a.m. Concurrent Sessions (Choose One)

Empowerment for Flex

► Jan Combopiano, Senior Vice President, Research & Chief Knowledge Officer, Catalyst

► Jagadish Bangalore, Executive Director and General Manager, Dell International Services

In order for employees to be effective in both work and life, they must feel empowered to get the work done in a way that works for them. As a manager, how can you feel empowered to shift the culture from facetime to productivity, to take a good intention and turn it into positive impact? Using an approach grounded in Catalyst's research report India Inc.: From Intention To Impact, attendees will learn about tools for managers to measure employees using flex policy and the benefits of a flexible work environment. 

Accountability and Humility as Drivers for Engaging Men

► Deepali Bagati, PhD, Executive Director, United States, Catalyst

Men have a critical role to play in creating inclusive workplaces. Many men are unfamiliar with how gender gap in opportunity, pay, and advancement hurt them, too, both as leaders of companies and as members of families and communities. Organizations must enlist these men in partnership with women, to work together as allies in changing the organizational norms and structures that perpetuate gender gaps. This act takes both humility to admit privilege and personal accountability to make change happen. In this session, attendees will learn both individual and organizational strategies to drive a more equitable and inclusive workplace. 

12:25 p.m. Lunch and Networking

1:30 p.m. Case Study: Mumbai Banking - YSC

► Ambica Saxena, Managing Consultant, YSC

► Vikram Tandon, Head of Human Resources, HSBC

1:50 p.m. Courage to Sponsor: A Debate About Myths and Realities

► Michael J. Chamberlain, Vice President, Global Marketing, Catalyst

► Mamta Chander, Head, Strategy and Growth, EY Global Delivery Services–Advisory

► Shaili Chopra, Award-Winning Journalist and Founder, SheThePeople.TV

► Arun Kumar Jain, Managing Director, Fluor Daniel India Private Limited 

► Ashutosh Sharma, Director of Engineering, Global eCommerce, Pitney Bowes Inc. 

Catalyst research has found that while mentoring is essential to leadership development, it is not enough, on its own, to help women advance. There is a more influential professional relationship for career acceleration: sponsorship. As with any investment, to sponsor a protege is to take a risk. In this debate, attendees will hear both successes and challenges of sponsorship and whether paying it forward pays back and whether the "Queen Bee" myth is alive and well. 

2:50 p.m. Indialogues - Business Impact Stories

► Gajendra Chandel, CHRO and Ex-Com Member, Tata Motors

► Ateet Jayaswal, Head of HR, GE Healthcare & GE Digital, South Asia

► Shalu Manan, Vice President, Learning and Development, Genpact

► Jaya Virwani, Head, Diversity and Inclusiveness, EY Global Delivery Services India

Hear from organizations on the importance of their participation in the D&I Logues taskforce and the impact of diversity and inclusion on their business. Learn what is next for these groups and how you can be part of the next task force. 

3:50 p.m. Jumping to Inclusion

► Deepali Bagati, PhD, Executive Director, United States, Catalyst

► Sanjay Mandal, Director, Asia Pacific, Learning Operations GP Strategies 

Rev up your inclusive leadership learning engine for the day ahead in a hands-on inclusive leadership activity while learning about our online inclusive leadership learning experience, CatalystX, as well as our blended in-person courses, Leading With Inclusion. 

4:40 p.m. Closing Session

► Jessica Dolmer, Director, Global Events, Catalyst

4:50 p.m. Tea Break and Networking

Lead Sponsor: 

Genpact Logo

 

Supporting Sponsors: 

Citi Logo
 
YSC Logo

 

Session Sponsor:  

EY Logo

 

Digital Media Sponsor: 

She The People Logo

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The event started with opening remarks by Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst and Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India WRC. Deborah set the stage by welcoming the audience to the conference. She then introduced the EACH concept and the importance of inclusive leadership. She elaborated on how it takes EACH of us to make a change for all of us. 

Shachi spoke about the status of women in India and the various barriers they faced on a daily basis. She explained the importance of building a strong pipeline of women leaders and engaging men to actively promote inclusiveness.

The first speaker was Anuranjita Kumar, Managing Director, Chief Human Resources Officer, Citi South Asia, who spoke on the importance of mentoring and sponsoring women. She pointed out that diversity and inclusion should not be constrained just to gender. Anuranjita emphasized on two main points:

► Sensitizing men to the problems women face. 

► Providing paternal leaves so that it showcases equality in parenting and eliminates socio-cultural biases/barriers along with letting men enjoy fatherhood.

She believed that courage is necessary to move forward. Adding that if change didn’t come from within it would be difficult for organizations to showcase any cultural changes. 
Anjali Singh, SVP & COO, Banking & Financial Services, Genpact, followed on with the keynote address on gender equality and how it is not only the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do. She mentioned that every company has the intent to get diversity corrected and it involves a lot of measures from outlook to execution. She further stated that work-life balance was important for women. Adding that companies should provide flexi-work policies and day-care services to help them have a balanced personal and professional life. She touched upon the need for mentors and sponsors, highlighting the key difference in the roles of both. She stated that while 54% women lobby for promotion, only one-third of them get it, compared to men. Anjali advised working women to believe in themselves and ask for help. She requested women leaders to guide and support others. She concluded by stating that gender diversity is a key characteristic of Genpact’s high growth business and cited various initiatives taken by the company for its women employees.

The conference proceeded with a Leader to Leader Conversation between Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, and Dr. NS Rajan, Chair, Catalyst India Advisory Board, and Group Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Group Executive Council, Tata Sons, about inclusive leadership. They discussed how it was important for managers to empower their teams, showcase accountability, courage, and humility, and be leaders that their employees will look up to. They revealed that inclusive leaders support their teams and make them feel valued for their unique talents and perspectives they bring to the table. Both of them agreed that D&I should be a dialogue between people and men play an important role of that conversation.

Dr. Rajan said that leaders shouldn’t differentiate between women and men. He emphasized that we should look at removing all biases and stereotypes. Deborah said that the ability to manage one’s team with an inclusive mindset is what makes for a great leader. This type of leader ensures that employees feel included at work, leading them to be better team players. Employees working with an inclusive leader are more likely to go beyond their designated responsibilities, come up with new ideas and are more productive. This in turn improves the overall organizational performance.

The session on ‘Empowerment for Flex’ was presented by Jan Combopiano, Senior Vice President, Research & Chief Knowledge Officer, Catalyst, and Jagadish Bangalore, Executive Director and General Manager, Dell International Services. It focused on steps companies and employees should take to create a flexible work culture. Jagadish stated that to use flex options effectively, it was important to have the right people and train them well so that they can do the work independently. He mentioned that roles, responsibilities and size of the organization drives flexibility. 

It was an interactive session with the audience participating throughout.  An expected question was how do companies make sure that D&I policies are practiced in letter and spirit. Both Jan and Jagadish discussed the important role senior managers had to play in ensuring implementation of policies. They said that it was essential for managers to mandate and role model flex options to create a flexible culture. Jagadish also spoke about Catalyst’s MARC initiative which was designed to engage men in these initiatives. Jan notably said that small behavioral changes make a big difference and that each employee had to start with small steps. Another question asked was on setting up fair performance evaluation systems for employees who worked remotely. Jagadish answered that performance ratings should be evaluated against goals and objectives set for the respective employees. He ended the session by advising that each one should lead by example to see positive change take place. 

Concurrently, the session by Deepali Bagati, PhD, Executive Director, United States, Catalyst, and Samir Gadgil, Vice President and HR Head, Wipro BPS and Global Diversity and Inclusion Head, Wipro Limited, saw an interesting discussion on ‘Accountability and Humility as Drivers for Engaging Men’. The conversation revolved around the critical role men play in creating inclusive workplaces. Deepali kick-started the discussion by throwing light on the assumptions, points of view and the barriers with regard to engaging men. She said that many men are unfamiliar with how gender gaps in opportunity, pay, and advancement hurt them too; both as leaders of companies and as members of families and communities. She also elaborated Catalyst’s EACH formula and put forth the equation [I = B+ U] which depicts that Inclusive Leadership (I) is made up of Belongingness (B) and Uniqueness (U).

Samir said that gender diversity initiatives focus more on increasing population of women at workplaces but they should include men as well. He said that men have to work with women as allies in changing the organizational norms and structures that perpetuate gender gaps. He revealed the three stages of intervention for women employees which included:

► Entry level- where they should get more exposure, handle multiple projects, move to other cities and engage with various people.

► Mid-level- where they should be given flexi-work hours, try gaining work-life balance, integrate with the rest of the team and return back post maternity leave.

► Leadership level- where they act as mentors and sponsors to others aspirants.

He also advised women to market their own work so that they get recognized by mentors and sponsors who will support and guide them. He further added that with the advent of social networks and millennial culture one can see the decrease in the importance of the old boys’ network.

The session concluded with an interactive exercise where the audience were grouped into teams. We had to then discuss the concept of accountability and humility, and how they could be achieved.

 

Post lunch the session lined up was ‘Case Study: Mumbai Banking—YSC’ which was elaborated by Ambica Saxena, Managing Consultant, YSC and Vikram Tandon, Head of Human Resources, HSBC. HSBC India had a low representation of women in the company’s senior leadership bench when compared with the percentage of women in the company’s diverse customer base. To address this, HSBC in partnership with YSC started the ‘ASCEND’ project, a career development intervention for women. This enabled its women employees to aspire for leadership roles and strengthen the pipeline. It provided mid-level women managers with opportunities to increase self-awareness, prepared them for leadership roles, and developed their careers. Ambica and Vikram explained the systematic way in which both the organizations proceeded with this project to achieve the desired result.

Michael J. Chamberlain, Vice President, Global Marketing, Catalyst, moderated the next session on ‘Courage to Sponsor: Myths and Realities’ which saw Arun Kumar Jain, Managing Director, Fluor Daniel India Private Limited; Ashutosh Sharma, Director of Engineering, Global Ecommerce, Pitney Bowes Inc.; Shaili Chopra, Award-Winning Journalist and Founder, SheThePeople.TV and Mamta Chander, Head Strategy and Growth, EY Global Diversity Services–Advisory as panelists. Michael initiated the discussion by stating that while mentoring was essential to leadership development, it wasn’t enough to help women advance. There is a need for a more influential professional relationship for career acceleration – sponsorship. The speakers took it forward and conversed on the successes and challenges of sponsorship. They spoke on how the ‘Queen Bee’ syndrome is just a myth. In fact, women leaders pay it forward which has proved to benefit the protégé and the sponsor. Shaili stated that women have to be fostered in this patriarchal society. Stating that sponsorship is a great way to utilise expert guidance to achieve results and create women leaders, which is the need of the hour. Mamta agreed with that and further added that women have other responsibilities at home and need the extra support in the form of mentorship and sponsorship to move forward. This relationship benefitted both the sponsor and the sponsored, irrespective of gender. 

The ensuing session aptly titled ‘Indialogues—Business Impact Stories’ saw Gajendra Chandel, CHRO and Ex-Com Member, Tata Motors; Ateet Jaiswal, Head of HR, GE Healthcare, South Asia; Shalu Manan, Vice President, Learning and Development, Genpact and Jaya Virwani, Head, Diversity and Inclusiveness, EY Global Delivery Services India discuss the importance of their participation in the Indialogues Task Force and the impact of diversity and inclusion on their business. Each of them revealed their sustainability stories, the various initiatives taken and the business impact achieved by their respective companies. The discussion helped the audience benefit from the success stories the gender-balanced teams spoke about. 

The final session for the day was on ‘Jumping to Inclusion’ which had Deepali Bagati, PhD, Executive Director, United States, Catalyst, and Sanjay Mandal, Director, Asia Pacific, Learning Operations, GP Strategies, talk on the importance of inclusive leadership training. The audience were briefed on the partnership between Catalyst and BlessingWhite, their offerings through CatalystX, an online inclusive leadership learning experience, and Leading With Inclusion, the in-person courses organized for companies.

D&I Logues 2016 came to an end with Jessica Dolmer, Director, Global Events, Catalyst, thanking everyone for participating and attending the conference.

 

2 Reader Comments

Neeti Shukla says:
9/16/2016 01:01:04

Hi , Need to speak to organizer, can you send the contact details please?

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mchamberlain says:
9/19/2016 09:39:58

Hello Neeti. Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India is your contact for the D&I Logues event. She can be reached via email at [email protected].

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