CII - WBLF Drives Women Leadership

 Bangalore 7th Ocotber 2009

Women Business Leaders Forum (WBLF), CII Karnataka's pioneering initiative focused on creating a sustainable platform for aspiring women leaders today announced the launch of 'The Best Practices Guide for Attracting and Retaining Talent' during the Conference on 'Leading the Change'.

With working women faced with multiple challenges and opportunities, the conference was organized to provide a perspective on leadership issues from both a global and Indian perspective. Decision- making processes, power and influence, altering behaviors, recasting mindsets, organizational change, personal negotiation styles and investing in and managing relationships for greater impact were some of the key topics that were discussed by the speakers.

Addressing the gathering during the opening session, Priya Chetty-Rajagopal, Convenor, WBLF said, "One of the most compelling reasons for an organization to pay attention to the demographic makeup of its workforce is that a diverse employee base can have a significant bottom-line impact. It is important in today's day and age for Women to take ownership and not just make a significant difference in their work place and their eco-system but to also 'Leading the Change'.

During the Panel discussion on 'Women on Board' Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Biocon Ltd stressed on the importance of training oneself to build leadership abilities by leveraging networking opportunities. Thinking like an entrepreneur at all times can be a guide for women to challenge the current status quo as they have an opportunity to experiment and take risks.

Other speakers such as Girish Paranjpe, Wipro Ltd, highlighted, that policies at Wipro are driven based on the life cycles of their women employees and the company is constantly endeavoring to provide ample opportunity for diversity. While pushing oneself to managing perceptions was something that Mrinilani Ingram, CISCO, felt was a crucial factor in nurturing leadership qualities in women.

CII-WBLF's conference on 'Leading the Change' provided an opportunity for women from difference walks of life to network and share personal experiences on their journey to success. The audience was diverse mix of women across the spectrum from students to CEO's.

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