Catalyst India WRC is growing by leaps and bounds. In 2014, we welcomed 16 new corporate members, including large Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Limited and other leading Indian corporations such as ICICI Bank and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., who have signed on locally, joining established members such as Colgate-Palmolive Company, Fluor Corporation, Pitney Bowes Inc., and Wipro Ltd. Also, two Indian leaders were appointed to the Catalyst Board of Directors: TK Kurien, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Wipro Limited, and Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank Limited.
Partnering Across Genders to Foster an Inclusive Workplace
On February 20, 2015, Rishi Gour, COO, Sodexo India On-Site Services, and Catherine Corley, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Catalyst, hosted a thought provoking seminar designed to expand awareness of gender-balanced leadership as a strategic and competitive advantage in today's global marketplace. This event was hosted by Sodexo and took place in Mumbai. Learn more.
Rishi Gour, COO, Sodexo India On-Site Services
Catherine Corley, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Catalyst Inc.
Tanaz Mulla, GM - TED, Wipro
Mallika D'Souza, Vice President/Head - Human Resources, Sodexo India
Moderator: Vijay K. Sharma, CIO - Remote Sites, Asia and Australia, Sodexo
Janaki Chaudhry, Head Strategy, Tata International
Madhur Deora, Managing Director, Citi India Investment Banking
Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India
Saundarya Rajesh, Founder, President, Avtar Career Creators
Engineering Week: GROW Session
On February 19th, Fluor hosted the Catalyst India Advisory Board meeting which was attended by industry leaders that included Terri Bresenham, President & CEO – South Asia, GE India Healthcare; Vanitha Narayanan, Managing Director, IBM India Private Limited; Catherine Corley, Senior Vice President, Catalyst Inc USA, and Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India.
During a candid discussion, with both women and men from Fluor, Ms. Irde and Ms. Corley shared their personal experiences about how they managed to progress in their careers, while overcoming challenges through dedication, self-promotion, and incubating talent. Other topics discussed during the session were the importance of finding meaning and putting your strengths to use, why it’s essential to have a strong network, and how finding your voice in the workplace can push you forward in your career.
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Catalyst India In The News
Leaders Must Be Humble, 24 February 2015, Metro India, by Dr. A Jagan Mohan Reddy
This piece about humility as one of the key leadership traits for success mentions Catalyst's Inclusive Leadership: The View From Six Countries by Jeanine Prime, PhD, Vice President & Center Leader, Catalyst Research Center for Advancing Leader Effectiveness, and Elizabeth R. Salib, PhD, Senior Associate, Research
Six ways to combat the female brain drain at Indian companies, 23 February 2015, Quartz, by Kavitha Rao
This article about India's high-potential women leaving the workplace early quotes Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India WRC, and mentions Catalyst's Tanamatra program and 2014 Catalyst Census: Women Board Directors.
Working women call shots beyond grocery, 9 February 2015, The Times of India, by Namrata Singh & Reeba Zachariah
This piece about the increase of women consumers wielding their purchasing power in sectors beyond food and grocery cites Catalyst's First Step: Women in the World and quotes Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India WRC.
About Catalyst India WRC
Founded in 2011, Catalyst India WRC is a membership community composed of 80 leading corporations and professional firms committed to building inclusive workplaces that expand opportunities for women and business in corporate India. With insights from its highly regarded research, solution-based tools, convening events, global staff and members, and the Catalyst India Advisory Board, Catalyst India works with its members to build a robust pipeline of current and future leaders in India Inc.