Role Models: You Can't Be What You Can't See
On July 12, Catalyst India and Pitney Bowes held a roundtable discussion on the importance of role models at different stages of a professional's career and the difficulties that can emerge when there aren't any role models to help a professional develop and advance. Speakers Ruchi Bhalla, Director and Head of Human Resources, Pitney Bowes, and Anuja Kumar, Regional Director, Catalyst India, lead discussions on the issues surrounding women who lack female role models in top positions as well as men who have plenty of potential role models but find that many men in top positions don't champion gender equality and challenge the status quo. The group then discussed solutions to the lack of role models of both genders.
Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion: Gender-Balanced Teams and Their Impact
Diversity and inclusion practitioners and human resources professionals interested in building an organisational business case for D&I came together with Catalyst India at DuPont for a roundtable discussion on July 4. DuPont's Pallavi Tyagi, Asia Pacific Talent Acquisition and Organization Vibrancy Leader, and Anuja Kumar, Regional Director, Catalyst India WRC, discussed the impact of gender-balanced teams and how organisations can leverage talent to lead to improved performance and to better reflect the marketplace.
Men Who Get It: Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives
Men are an often untapped—yet critical—resource in diversity and inclusion efforts aimed at eliminating gender bias. Catalyst India came together with Genpact to hold a panel discussion on June 29 to explore the challenges and rewards of engaging men in gender initiatives as part of Catalyst's Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives research series, offering evidence-based advice about the most effective ways to partner with men in ending gender inequalities at work.
Genpact was gracious enough to host this event. The panelists were Vaishali Pachchhapurkar, Vice President, Analytics People Function, Genpact; Sudhanshu Singh, SVP & Service Line Leader, Analytics & Research, Genpact; Rajeev Kapoor, Vice President, Global Financial Services, Dell Technologies; Sidhartha (Sid) Shishoo, Vice President, Analytics Operations and Client Relations, Genpact; Lara Matthai, Global Marketing Channels and Programmes Manager, Shell; and Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India WRC.
Inclusive Leadership: A Business Imperative
Catalyst India and Shell Bangalore came together for a panel discussion on the importance of inclusion to a company's culture as well as how companies and employees can foster inclusive leadership behaviors.
Shachi Irde, Executive Director of Catalyst India, moderated the panel, the members of which were Ruth Lovering, EVP Human Resources for P&T at Shell; Robert Patterson, EVP of Engineering at Shell; Sunita Cherian, VP Human Resources at Wipro; Zeena Fruitwala, Executive Director of Sales at Dell; and Hemanth Bommanhal, Partner at EY Global Delivery Services. View the retrospective!
In Case You Missed It: Catalyst D&I Logues
Catalyst India hosted D&I Logues on September 29, 2016. The Conference featured an exciting leader-to-leader conversation between Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, and the iconic leader, Dr. NS Rajan, Group Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Group Executive Council, Tata Sons, and attendees also explored individual and organizational approaches that have intentionally made change through the four leadership behaviors that Catalyst has linked to workplace cultures of inclusion, team citizenship, and employee innovation. We call them the EACH Behaviors: E = Empowerment, A = Accountability, C = Courage, and H = Humility. It takes EACH of us to make change for all of us. View the retrospective!
India Inc.: From Intention to Impact
On December 7, Catalyst India's Shachi Irde presented India Inc.: From Intention to Impact, a report concerning diversity and inclusion in the workplace as well as diversity programs currently in use in India. The presentation was also a dialogue between Shachi and the audience, who shared questions, thoughts and comments. Following the exchange, Shachi led a panel discussion with panelists from BP, Shell, Schlumberger, and Three Fish Consulting. View the retrospective!
Catalyst Commends the Passing of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill
It is commendable that the government has passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, which extends maternity leaves from 12 weeks to 26 weeks. This shows that organisations and the government understand the business case for having more women employees in the workforce. Therefore, the next logical step is for organisations to take further steps to ensure smooth reintegration of women returning to the workplace after maternity leave. It is essential to implement returnship programmes and fair performance management systems that do not penalize women for maternity breaks as well as to make flexible work arrangements a business strategy for all eligible employees. Companies should also make the effort to ensure their women employees feel valued, since the sooner they re-integrate, the smoother the transition back to work and productivity will be. Read our full statement.
Catalyst India In The News
"Shreya Ukil Vs. Wipro: Lessons In Workplace Gender Discrimination," CXO Today, May 5, 2016
"Companies bat for equal pay for equal work," Times of India, April 12, 2016
"India Inc begins audits for equal pay," Times of India, February 4, 2016
About Catalyst India WRC
Founded in 2011, Catalyst India WRC is a community composed of 80 leading corporations and professional firms committed to accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion in corporate India. With insights from its highly regarded research, solution-based tools, convening events, global staff and Supporters, and the Catalyst India Advisory Board, Catalyst India works to build a robust pipeline of current and future leaders in India Inc.