Author - Everyday Bias & ReInventing Diversity
Howard Ross has served for more than 30 years as an influential business consultant on leadership, diversity, and organizational transformation to organizations across the United States and in dozens of other countries. He is a recognized thought leader on exploring Unconscious Bias. Howard was the 2007‐ 2008 Professor of Diversity at Bennett College for Women. Howard is a recipient of the Winds of Change Award from the Forum on Workplace Diversity, the Leadership Stars Who Mean Business Award from Diversity Women Magazine, The Catalyst Award from Uptown Professional Magazine, and the Catalyst for Change Award from Wake Forest University. A guest lecturer at Harvard, Stanford and over 25 other colleges and universities, he can be heard monthly on NPR. He has authored ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose & Performance, and Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, both published by Rowman & Littlefield. Howard has appeared on or been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, CNN, Fox News, DiversityInc., Diversity Women, and dozens of other publications. He serves on the Diversity Advisory Board of the Human Rights Campaign and of the National Women's Mentoring Network.
Nipun Malhotra was born with Arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder leading to a lack of muscles in arms and legs and thus commutes on a wheelchair. Medical literature stated that he will live the life of a wooden doll, but he has successfully proved it wrong. Nipun is an alumnus of St. Stephen's College and the Delhi School of Economics.
Nipun Malhotra is the co-founder and CEO of the Nipman Foundation. The Nipman Foundation works in the areas of Health, Dignity and Happiness for Persons with Disabilities. It supports People with Disability get access to wheelchairs and easy financing so that they become self employed and live an independent life.
The Ministry of Social Justice has collaborated with the Nipman Foundation as a 'Partner' to take the Accessible India campaign forward.
Nipman Foundation has a team of trained accessibility auditors who have audited and provided recommendations for disability friendly infrastructure including Delhi Metro, Delhi Haat, Supreme Court and have also worked with the Election commission and the Indian Railways Committee.
The Foundation has executed various projects in association with SIAM and CII. Last year we launched a disability themed comic book titled'Pepper Makes a Special friend' in association with Sterling Publishers
The Nipman Foundation Equal Opportunity Awards were instituted in 2014 to recognize companies and institutions that not only promote employment of Persons with Disability but also remove all physical and attitudinal barriers encouraging them to flourish in their lives with dignity and Equal Opportunity. E&Y is the Audit Partner for the Awards and entries are judged by a completely independent jury.
In March 2015, Nipun was denied entry into a South Delhi restaurant due to him being on a Wheelchair. He tweeted and spoke up against it forcing the Delhi Government to set up a magisterial enquiry. Later he also successfully lobbied with Zomato to add Wheelchair access filters to restaurants.
In addition, Nipun Malhotra is Executive Director at Nipman Fastener Industries. Nipman is a leading automotive fastener manufacturing company in India with clients like Hero MotoCorp, Yamaha and Renault Nissan. He is also on the board of Vishwas, a non-profit organisation working in the field of disability and development.
Speaker on Gender issues & Women leadership Co Founder Altavis & Biz Divas
Ms. Sarika Bhattacharyya, Co-Founder, Biz Divas & Altavis has over 15 years of experience in Financial Services industry having worked with firms such as Merrill Lynch& ICICI Bank. Sarika is the Founder of Not for profit organisation – Biz Divas Foundation which seeks to support women with business and leadership skills as well as create a supportive ecosystem for all women who are participating in the growth of Indian economy. Sarika was nominated by US Embassy for a prestigious Women Leadership exchange program (Fortune/US State Dept ) where she spent a month in USA being mentored by CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
Sarika has facilitated Inclusive leadership programs, behavioral skills and personal development trainings for many Fortune 500 companies. She has also partnered with Vital Voices to facilitate Women Leadership program for women across the globe.
She was also felicitated prestigious "Leadership in Mentoring" award by Vital Voices & Bank of America in USA in 2014 for her work under Biz Divas Foundation which has mentored & impacted more than 1500+ women across India since its inception. She is also featured as Top 10 Diversity Consultants in the Global Diversity List 2015, supported by The Economist.
A highly respected speaker on diversity and related business issues, Sarika's journey as an entrepreneur and Biz Divas has been featured in national dailies like Times of India, Financial Times and various online press. She has been featured as the Top 50 Indian Women to follow in Twitter by WOW Asia.
Topic : Diversity & Inclusion inspires Innovation
Brief: Innovation has disrupted age-old hierarchies and dogmas. We have witnessed how internet and mobile telephony have converted the world into a global village in a very short time; integrating us across race, regions and gender, and flattening pyramids worldwide even beyond their country of origin.
Having acknowledged the power of innovations in making countries and societies inclusive, the presentation will be exploring Innovation as a trigger for Inclusion and interplay of this trigger with Social Business, Capital and Corporates.
IBM India Limited
A graduate from Harvard University, Anita has over 20 years experience in training, organizational development, learning and knowledge management fields. Her experience spans a range of industries including the public sector (at United Nations, Vienna), pharmaceutical (at Merind, Mumbai), shipping (at NYK, Tokyo), beverages (at Tata Tea, Kolkata) and IT (at IBM, Bangalore & Mumbai).
Before her current role at IBM, she has held a number of leadership roles including, HR Partner for different BUs, Management Development facilitator (and ASEAN/SA MD Leader), Head of India Leadership Development, India Diversity Leader, Member of the IBM Global Design Team, and Leadership Development Leader for the Americas, ASEAN, ANZ, Korea, and Japan.
Anita was recipient of the Young HR Achiever Award at the World HR Conference in 2003. In 2007, she received a 3 month Chevening Scholarship to study Leadership & Globalisation at the London School of Economics, UK. In 2009, she was awarded the WILL Women's Choice Award for her "deep passion, outstanding commitment, and high delivery in the field of inclusivity and gender equality."
Anita is married and the mother of two daughters.
Topic : Introducing the concept of Unconscious Bias and how it can impact your company's performance
This session will introduce the concept of Unconscious Bias and suggest ways in which you can enhance awareness about it among managers and employees in the organisation. You will learn about how it can impact your performance and what some steps you can take, personally, to address it.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Private limited
Topic : Inclusiveness in Diversity
Jahangir Asgar Jani is a self–taught, Mumbai based artist. He works with sculpture, installation, watercolors and film. He is known for his life size sculpture in various media and his works are in important collections. He is concerned with the making of culture and the socio– political consequences of its propagation.
His work has been critically written about by respected authors and cultural theorists in India. He has had 17 solo shows since 1990, and participated in several group exhibitions in India as well as abroad.
His short film Make Ups has been exhibited in festivals in India, Sweden (Uppsala), France (Lille), USA (New York, San Francisco, Connecticut) and other countries in Europe. His short film Urmi was awarded Best Indian Narrative Short in 2013 at the Kashish MIQ Film Festival in Mumbai. Since then it has been shown in various LGBT Film Festivals including Canada, UK and Korea.
He received the prestigious Max Planck–Tiss fellowship in 2012 for a film under the URBAN ASPIRATIONS IN GLOBAL CITIES collaboration.
Mapin India has brought out his monograph, Alternate Lyricism. His works are published and written about in several books on contemporary Indian art like the KHOJ BOOK 2010, and Twentieth Century Indian Sculpture.
He was a visiting Lecturer at Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris in 2003, and has been invited to National and International seminars, residencies and camps.
Godrej Industries Ltd.
Udayan Dhar is a Human Resource professional with experience in Diversity management, Employee Relations, Campus recruitments, Compensation & Benefits, Leadership development and CSR across sectors such as FMCG, manufacturing and IT. He has previously worked at Infosys, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Cummins India Ltd. and is currently part of the HR team at Godrej Industries as Diversity manager. Udayan has done his MBA in Human Resource Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai. His research papers and articles have been featured in journals such as the International Journal of Business & Management, as well as popular HR publications such as People Matters.
A hijra social activist, dancer, actress, celebrity. Laxmi's aim is to bring about the recognition of human rights of sexual minorities, especially transgender persons, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Through media appearances, national, regional and international consultancy, cooperating with various NGOs across the country and presiding over the CBO Astitva Trust, Laxmi is at the forefront of social work and advocacy in India. She was the first transgender person to represent Asia-Pacific in the UN President's Office Civil Society Task Force on HIV/AIDS.She is the founder and spokes person of National Task force of Transgender and Hijra. She also the founder member and chairpersonof Maharashtra Trithiya Panthi Sangatana – MTPS. She is also core founder member of APTN – Asia Pacific Transgender Network. She was impleader in the recent path breaking Supreme Court case of India and subsequent judgement on upholding rights of hijras and transgenders in India. She also was the core community representative and in the planning commission of the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne representing Asia Pacific region. She was also the intervener in the Nasla Petition filed for Transgender Rights and recognition in Supreme Court of India Judgement in April 2014 . She was part of the steering core committee set by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for Transgender Rights and upliftment. She was also the core member on the UGC committee set for Right of Education of Transgenders. Her work and personality were an inspiration for numerous literary, cinematographic and photographic enterprises.She is also written here biography in Marathi English and Hindi - Me Hijra Me Laxmi .
Project Director - Pehchan
Pallav Patankar is one of the board members and the Director-Programs of The Humsafar Trust: India's oldest registered LGBT organizations.Pallav is a part of the Indian LGBT landscape for the last 23 years. At 17 he got in touch with Bombay Dost, India's only registered LGBT magazine.At 18 he went through counselling through mentors and went on to be a peer counsellor to other LGBT children in Mumbai who were dealing withtheir sexuality. He went on to complete two masters,an M.Sc. degree in Biotechnology and then a Master's Degree in International Business.He worked in the corporate sector for 10 years only to return in 2009 to The Humsafar Trust as a board member and as an LGBT rights advocate.Today he leads the HIV programs as well as the advocacy efforts of The Humsafar Trust and represents the organization as an openly out gay manin the media. He is actively involved in the human rights discourse in Mumbai as well as in the country and an active participant in the Mumbai PrideMarch. He currently is one of the fellows of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
The Humsafar Trust
Sonal Giani hold a management degree in hospitality and hotel administration. she currently works as an Advocacy Officer with the Humsafar Trust which works on Gender, Sexuality, Health and Human rights of sexual minorities. A Proud and Out bisexual, she is a part of 'Umang', which is a support group for Lesbians, Bisexual women and Trans persons. She is a founder core member of Yaariyan which a Youth group for LGBT individuals. She is also the Executive Producer of the renowned play, Ek Madhav Baug. She has to her credit being on a prime time television show on Zee TV called Connected HumTum and a Bollywood film "W".
With over 19 years of rich experience in Human Capital function, have been steering HR strategy for organizations in a handful of associations. Had been fortunate to work in both Indian and global environment (that include P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Line and Steria) in the capacity of Head/Sector Head- HR.
Consulting since 2010 and consulting focus is on Strategic HR and Gender Diversity, while the consulting clientele covers industry verticals such as Automobile, IT, ITES, Media, Trading, Tourism, health care and Education.
Tata Communications Ltd.
Kashish Kapoor brings with her diverse experiences and learnings in HR and Diversity across Industry and global locations. Having worked for over 18 years in telecom, insurance IT, she has expertise in various areas of HR –Learning &Development talent engagement. A Human Resource Professional with 19 years' experience, An MBA post graduate from K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research Mumbai University, She has done intensive coursework and Research in Organizational Development and employee engagement at Cornell University.
An HR Generalist with Practitioner skills and strengths in creating robust people practices around Talent development, Career progression, rewards & recognition, she has experience of dealing with large and multiple business in the HR partnering role over the last 19 yrs. in the service industry in strategic and operational roles and a strong acumen for Policy and case management aimed at smooth and process centric issue resolution.
She has been associated with Tata Communications, Cornell University IBM, INGVysya& Modi Xerox in the course of my professional journey.
Over the last decade, she has led the diversity practice for 2 leading multinationals globally‚ developing the diversity strategy and roadmap for these organizations.
She has been a consultant and delivered workshops specifically on Gender sensitization, workplace harassment, mentoring connects, breaking the glass ceilings etc. The Unconscious Bias Workshop has been added to her range of workshops since the past 2 years. She has also worked closely with NASSCOM is a part of their Diversity working group in Delhi, designing and developing mentoring, initiatives as part of this team. She is closely associated with Community Business and their Diversity and Inclusion Asia network as part of the task force on thought leadership in this area.
Weir Minerals Malaysia
Adam Abdullah, Human Resources Director for Weir Minerals Malaysia, has been in the HR field and profession for over 20 years. His role has covered the full spectrum of human resource work at the strategic and operational levels in Malaysia and Asia. Adam brings with him significant HR experience gained through heading and leading HR functions in manufacturing, engineering, oil & gas, consulting, pharmaceutical and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG). He has worked in major Malaysian companies like Sime Darby, Tractors Malaysia, Hume Cemboard, Naza Group, and Plus Malaysia Bhd and in multinational companies like ABB, Accenture, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Shell. Adam has an MBA, majoring in human resource management, from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Topic : The Force of Gender Diversity in Business The business world is male dominated serving a world population that is about 50% women and 50% men. The potential to tap on women on their market insights, ideas and viewpoints can give the business world an opportunity to improve their business top and bottom lines compared to those dominated by one gender.
The take away points will include:
EY GDN India
Jaya heads the Diversity and Inclusiveness strategy and agenda for EY's (Ernst & Young) Global Delivery Network in India. She has been the firm for 11 years and took on the role of Diversity and Inclusiveness leader in March of 2012. In her role, she focuses on initiatives that promote cross-cultural teaming and inclusive leadership, eliminate unconscious biases, and create an ecosystem that supports gender equity in senior leadership positions.
She works closely with the talent acquisition team to attract, retain and develop people with disabilities.
Jaya also leads the Professional Women's Network Program which focuses on talent development, leadership skills and a support system for working mothers.
Jaya is a certified Professional Behavioral Analyst and is certified by Tracom in Social Style and Versatility profiles. Jaya is on the taskforce for Community Businesses' s Diversity and Inclusion in Asia Network and the Catalyst India Network.
Tony Tenicela has enjoyed working for IBM since 1996 and currently advises C-Suite executives on the role of the workforce in the age of disruptive technologies. Tony has been recognized by companies worldwide as a thought leader in the areas of diversity strategy, talent management, leadership, social collaboration, and workforce transformation. Tony also manages IBM's global LGBT commercial strategy and was recently named one of the Top 50 LGBT Executives by the Telegraph and Out at Work.
Tony was a founding employee of Worldview Systems, where he led the creation and development of the initial prototype for the Travelocity™ on-line travel service. Tony holds an MBA in Business Strategy from the Anderson School at UCLA, a MA equivalent in Personality/Organizational Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Based in Bangalore, Rashmi Vikram is currently Program Manager working on Community Business Diversity & Inclusion agenda. This includes supporting the country manager in the DIAN India Strategy, DIAN India Deliverable and DIAN India forum. In addition to the DIAN India network Rashmi also provides support in the design and delivery of consultancy and training to companies in India. The role also focuses on Community Business advocacy, D&I Professional Training Series and Market Intelligence.
Prior to joining Community Business, Rashmi worked for Thomson Reuters for over 9 years. At Thomson Reuters Rashmi was responsible for the Diversity & Inclusion strategy and agenda for the India Operation Centre, in addition to D&I Rashmi has experience in various areas of Human Resources which includes Leadership Development Programs, Action Learning, Talent Management, Employee Value Proposition and Developing a Global Mindset at the workplace.
Rashmi holds a Masters in Business Administration from Symbiosis University specializing in HR and Marketing, she is keen on furthering her academic qualifications focusing her research on Social Innovation.