2 AUGUST 2013
W men Ahead
Visiting Faculty: Sanjeev Bhatia
-Manager at Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions, Bangalore
"The mentoring session gave me the
strong feeling that I could also get
into a corporate board. This is really
the right time to invest time and
energy to move up the ladder by
spending extra time," says Veena.
• Jointly held by
Women in Leadership
( a common term used to refer to the
formal sector of the nation )
• Keen on building a pipeline of
women executive directors.
• Corporates like TCS, Aditya Birla Group, Vodafone, also put fast-
track women through the day-long mentoring program by DHC and
WILL Forum will train more than 100 women for board positions by
the end of 2013.
-Vice-president in charge of offshore custom software development for Continental Europe at
• Involved in internal initiative ‘Winspire’ to
promote gender diversity.
-COO, Taj Hotels.
•Key speaker at the mentoring session.
•Offered a three-way strategy to get noticed and move quickly to boards:
"Increase your circle of influence by constant networking,
become a domain expert and join a non-profit advisory
- MD, Novartis
"It's great to say that you are on the board of a company.
But there are many responsibilities for a board member.
There are many tough laws. You also have to learn the art
of managing stakeholders."
"Intellectual integrity, competence, ambition and
drive are qualities that will help women succeed."
New Companies Bill
• Seeks to create a provision for one woman member on every board
• As of now, the number of women board members is less than 1,500.
There will be a greater demand once the Companies Bill is cleared.
• Women accounted for 7% of all directors on BSE 100
companies in 2012, up from 5.5% in 2011
• In the US, women accounted for 17% of all independent directors in
-Talent Management at Mahindra &
Project on Corporate India's sustainability in association with her company
"Good work in an impactful area gets noticed. That is what I am
trying to do," says Judith.
Women directors in India
•Companies with more than
one woman director.15.8%
• Companies with women executive
• Executive director role held by women.3.31%
Long way to go, but India Inc is ensuring that we get there!