Short Description: I-Step Up, Incedo’s Women Network was launched on the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2017 at its Gurgaon innovation centre.
Duration: March 08, 2017
Location: Gurgaon, India

A community for women to collaborate and connect.

I-Step Up, Incedo’s Women Network was launched on the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2017 at its Gurgaon innovation centre. An open panel discussion brought together distinguished women from varied professional backgrounds to share their experiences, challenges faced and their winning moment at both personal and professional front.

The network’s objective is to enable and empower women to succeed. Through I-Step Up, we are creating a unique platform to have conversations about achieving professional and personal goals while defining individual triumphs. Our ambition is to build a supportive community that commits women to helping each other and unlock their true potential.

The forum concluded with an interactive Q&A session between the panelists and the audience.

Key takeaways at the forum were:

  • How women continue to deal with challenges related to gender biases and gender stereotyping. The flipside however is not to fall in the trap of using your gender unfairly.
  • The importance of having mentors and role models who inspire you to grow. Our panellists spoke about how all of them are actively involved in mentoring women back to work after a long career break.
  • Women should not feel guilty or have self-depleting beliefs when it comes to managing home and careers.
  • Self-assertion is very important. Women should ask questions and make their presence felt. It’s important to talk and discuss your issues. Sometimes all women need to do is to ask.
  • Make smart choices. More often than not women take up too much, which make them feel guilty for not meeting their own standards.

Gunveena Chadha
Assistant Secretary General, FICCI

“It’s easier to balance your work and life when responsibilities are equally divided between both the partners."

An economist by profession, Gunveena has worked with World Economic Forum, and has been engaged in various strategic growth projects of state governments. Gunveena was awarded ‘Most Inspirational Woman of the Year’ Award for Business in Midlands for year 2013, by the Leicestershire Asian Business Association. She was also awarded International Citizen Gold Medal by GEPRA, India.

Madhvi Pahwa
Chief Talent Officer, Mindshare

“It’s important to have a role model- someone you aspire to become. It motivates you to work harder.”

Madhvi holds 20 years of corporate experience. She’s worked with Coca cola and P&G as a Marketing professional and for the past 9 years has been working in the field of Learning & Development. A mother of 3, Madhvi is passionate about fitness, reading and travel. She pens down her reflections as a parent on her personal blog

Poonam Bharti
Former HR Head, Ranbaxy

“I leave my gender behind before entering my office. I’m a professional like everybody else. I shouldn’t be defined based on my gender.”

Poonam is an HR professional with 21 years of experience in strategic as well as HR Operations in Multinational Organizations. She has held leadership roles at country, regional as well as Global Platforms. A significant part of her career has been in Management teams. She is a postgraduate in Human Resources from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Mamta Chander
Head Strategy & Growth Initiatives - GDS Advisory, EY

“Women need to ask questions instead of assuming. Make your presence felt by speaking up. Don’t be guilty. It’s OK to fail.”

Mamta holds a multifunctional experience across strategy planning, implementation, Marketing, Consulting, Project Management and Transition. She’s a Generalist with the skill sets and ability to cut across functions, create ambitious goals and deliver on mandates. She is a Postgraduate in Management from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

Shalini Gupta
Vice President, Incedo Inc.

“Gender biases are common. Consciously or subtly, we all deal with biases.”

Shalini is a Business and Technology professional with over 17 years of experience. She has held a variety of senior roles in Technology focussing on Marketing, Business Development, Presales and Account Management. A mother of 2, Shalini teaches yoga in her free time. She is passionate about issues around women in the workforce specifically in technology.