13:00 – 14:00 Registration & Lunch
14:00 – 14:10 Welcome by ET-Edge
14:10 – 14:25 Keynote Address: Blazing the trail forward – The power of women role models Speaker:
Priya Agarwal Hebbar, Chairperson, Hindustan Zinc & Non- Executive Director, Vedanta
14:25 – 15:25 Panel Discussion: Stronger together – HR blueprint for diversity & Inclusion


Acknowledging diverse sets of people and welcoming them with friendly policies that offer them adequate safety and assurance is a must for any organization that intends to stay high on productivity and innovation in the long run. The panel discussion aims to get versatile lenses to view problems and arrive at solutions that are not just long term, but inclusive enough to address varied audiences. In this session we will review the changing landscape of the workplace and discuss the current change drivers that make Diversity and Inclusion an important focus for your organization. We will explore strategies for creating an inclusive climate and a sense of belonging, and how bias and microaggressions can be mitigated.

Discussion Points:

  • Organization approaches to adopt diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Measuring and managing gender pay gap.
  • Managing women leaders’ talent pipeline
  • Engaging male champions to promote parity
  • Weaving DEI into your sustainability strategies
  • Championing representation through addressing access and success barriers


  • Manisha Agarwal, Director People & Organisation, India and Thailand, PUMA
  • Nupur Nagpal, CHRO, Myntra
  • nRichard Lobo, EVP & Head Human Resources, Infosys
  • Tanvi Rohatgi, People director – India & Southeast Asia, AB InBev
  • Parineeta Lakra, Country People & Culture Manager, IKEA India
  • Anuradha Khosla, Global Head Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Development & Employee Engagement, HCL Tech
  • Amit Vaish, Vice President & Head of HR Optum Global Solutions (India)

Moderator: Sonia Almeida Soares, Director of Inclusion & Diversity, Employer
Branding and HR Communications, Volvo Group India

15:25 – 15:40 In conversation: Readjusting the lens – Making it a Golden era for women
Guneet Monga, Oscar winning Indian film producer, Co-founder of Sikhaya Entertainment
Terence Dsouza, CCO – Hotstuff Medialabs


Candid Conversation
M.C Mary Kom, Indian boxer, Politician


Unveiling of the Coffee Table Book Cover “The Economic Times Best Organisations for Women 2023”
15:50 – 16:20 Diversity in Boardroom : Progress and way forward
16:20 – 16:35 Special Address: Time for Bharat- Closing women’s economic and social barriers

Srinath Sridharan, Leadership Coach, Co-Author of ‘Time for Bharat’

16:35 – 17:00 Fireside Chat: Rethinking masculinity at the workplace
  Many of the challenges that are faced at work and in society are rooted in how we interpret gender, masculinity, and femininity. As we look to the future, it’s time to deconstruct gender roles and move beyond binary notions of masculinity and femininity. Whether it’s encouraging hard conversations to address gender biases, modeling vulnerability, or taking small steps to normalize differences, organizations have the power to dramatically improve the experiences of people at work.

Discussion Points:

  • What does reimagining masculinity look like in practice?
  • Embracing a healthier version of masculinity
  • Overcome gender bias through conversation


  • Santosh Marathe, Regional CEO Western Region, Apollo Hospitals
  • Sanjiv Navangul, Managing Director & CEO, Bharat Serums and Vaccines

Terence Dsouza, CCO – Hotstuff Medialabs

17:00 – 17:15 Story Plug: Strengthening ties through expedition
Nandita Nagangoudar, First Civilian Woman to climb Mount Everest South Col
18:00 – 18:15 Keynote Address: The Power of Women Leaders -Triumphs and Challenges Speaker:
Dr. Swati Piramal, Vice-Chairperson, Piramal Group
18:15 – 18:55 Panel Discussion – Gender Bias at recruitment stage: How to bring parity?
  The harsh reality? In 2022-23, women are still outnumbered, outranked, and out earned by males in the workforce. The even more alarming truth is that this sentiment is evident throughout the entire employment cycle — from the top to the very bottom, before candidates even manage to get a foot in the door. While there are larger issues regarding gender workplace discrimination that need to be addressed at all stages of employment, talent acquisition teams play an important role in influencing change at the beginning of the hiring funnel. The panel discussion will address the issue of gender discrimination showing up in the recruitment process and how can organizations take a pragmatic approach to gender equity in the workplace?

Discussion Points-

  • Gender-biased hiring decisions.
  • Gender biases that can sabotage recruitment.
  • Eliminating gender bias in organization
  • Unconscious bias in recruitment: How can you remove it?
  • How to retain female employees?
  • Battling Burnout

Speakers –

  • Dr. Pratibha Jolly, Academic Consultant, NAAC, Former Principal, Miranda House, University of Delhi
  • Likitha Nanda, Director, Talent Acquisition & Employment Brand, Target, India
  • Ashwini Deshpande, Professor of Economics at Ashoka University, Author of ‘The Grammar of Caste: Economic Discrimination in Contemporary India’
  • Benaifer Palsetia, Head HRRM and HR COO, DBS Bank
  • Rajani Athreya, Senior Director- HR, Insights Division, South Asia, Kantar
  • Srinivas P.M, Head – Human Resources, P&G India

Moderator – Jaya Virwani, EY GDS Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness Leader

18:55 – 19:25 Women challenging the status quo
19:25 – 20:05
Launch of The Global DEI Alliance- Advisory board
The Roadmap for DEI – Forging Ahead

  • Nandita Das, Actor & Director
  • Deepa Malik, Padma Shri Khel Ratna & Arjuna Award; First Indian Woman Paralympic Medalist
  • Mathew Job, Executive Director & CEO, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals
  • Asha Kharga, Chief Customer & Brand Officer; Chairperson, Gender Diversity Council, Mahindra Group

Roshni Rathi, Managing Director & Partner, BCG India


Fireside chat – The New Narrative: Empowering women, Empowering businesses!

There are a lot of variables stacked against women succeeding as entrepreneurs, from VC prejudice to negative perceptions of ambition to well-enmeshed cultural norms of women in the home. Then there are the women entrepreneurs who are succeeding anyway. This session will highlight how the working conditions have changed for female employees across all sectors and verticals over the last few years. At the same time, discuss efforts made by organizations for the growth and work-life improvement of working women.

Discussion points:

  • Key challenges faced by women employees and how they overcame
  • Navigating women’s journeys to successes
  • Nurturing women leaders of the future
  • Driving career development strategies around their needs
  • skills and attributes required to be a leader in today’s workplace


  • Dr. Harbeen Arora Rai, Founder G100, ALL Ladies League (ALL), Women Economic Forum, Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI), SHEconomy
  • S. Sunil Kumar, Country President, Henkel
  • Manoj Saxena, Managing Director, Bayer
Moderator: Neetu Chitkara, Managing Director & Partner, BCG
20:30 – 20:45 In Conversation: Women entrepreneurs – Becoming a Unicorn founder
Naiyya Saggi, Co-Founder, Good Glamm Group
Terence D’souza, CCO – Hotstuff Medialabs
20:45 – 21:00 Guest of Honour – Building a progressive nation: Advancement, Development and Empowerment of women 
Dr. (Smt.) Tamilisai Soundararajan, Hon’ble Governor of Telangana and Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Puducherry
21:00 – 21:30 Women in leadership: changing the work landscape
21:30 – 21:35 Closing remarks


Cocktails & Dinner

*Agenda is subject to changes