AGENDA

9:00 am Registrations and Networking
10:00 am Opening Address
10:05 am Guest of Honour Address: What it takes to lead?
After years of insistence for change, today’s women leaders have finally succeeded in breaking down the institutional barriers, stereotypes and inequalities that their predecessors may have faced and creating a mark for themselves in all sectors. The address will highlight the journey of one such leader who has not only brought about a revolutionary change in governance, but is also an example of successful leadership.
10:25 am Panel Discussion: Can women have it all? Balancing life and work
From real estate to pharmaceuticals to finance, one of the constant discussions since women have entered the workplace in large numbers has been if women can achieve a work-life balance. Since time immemorial, the concept of balance is a highly divisive and heavily debated topic. Is having it all only a struggle for working women and it can be extended to men as well? Can women have balance between their work and their lives? What can employers and managers do to help the women they work with maintain a balance between these two important spheres?
Moderator:
Panellists:
  • Amarpreet Kaur Ahuja, Director - Human Resources, AstraZeneca
  • Dr. Kamala Rai, Global Program Head, Global Drug Development, Established Medicines – Pain, Neurosciences and Ophthalmology, Novartis
  • Dr. Monisha Sharma, Director-South East Asia, Clinical Research, Global Clinical Trial Operations, Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)
  • Dr. Priya Chatterjee, Director - Regulatory Affairs, Merck Serono
  • Dr. Rashmi Hegde, Vice President Medical, Cipla
  • Cecilia Azavedo, Head – Human Resource, Johnson & Johnson
11:25 am Q&A
11:35 am Breakfast & Networking
11:55 am Dupont Presentation
12:15 pm Panel Discussion: Strategies to make our organizations more diverse and adopting inclusive leadership
Studies by Gallup, Harvard and AT Kearney indicate that a gender diverse workforce is a major advantage to businesses as it brings different viewpoints and ideas into the boardroom. Hiring more women employees and eliminating the gender pay gap are only 2 of the steps towards making organizations more inclusive. For organizations to grow, it is imperative to adopt a wider strategy that is inclined towards increasing the diversity and ensuring an inclusive environment.
  • Why diversity and inclusion is good for people, business and the society
  • Making sure your work on gender pay gap ignites or furthers your wider focus on inclusion
  • Recognizing the opportunity of acting with fairness and equality to future-proof your organization
Moderator:
Panellists:
  • Dr. Anurita Majumdar, Executive Director Medical, Pfizer
  • Jamila Joseph, SVP and Head, Gene Therapy & Clinical Research, Reliance Life Sciences
  • Sukanya Choudhury, Vice President - Regulatory Affairs, South Asia, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Savitha Shivsankar, Head Human Resources, Novartis
  • Aparna Parinam, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Jyotsna Ghoshal, Senior Director - Corporate Affairs, MSD
1:15 pm Q&A
1:25 pm Lunch & Networking
2:25 pm Partner Presentation
3:25 pm Communicating Achievements - Bragging with Grace for Impact. Sangeeta Murthi Sahgal, Co – Founder, Diversity Dialogs
4:15 pm End of Conference