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Arcturus 2018 - The Flagship Leadership Conclave of SIBM Pune was hosted by The Corporate Interface Team on 27th & 28th July, 2018. The Arcturus stage this year, celebrated women leaders of India Inc who have broken the glass ceiling and dynamically changed the work landscape. The theme for the conclave this year was Women in Leadership: The Time Is Now.


On Day 1, Ms. Neha Saxena Shenoy, Talent and Leadership Development for RB Health, South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Reckitt Benckiser delivered a keynote speech on Organisations and Society, Nurturing the Woman Leaders of Tomorrow. She shared with us her insights on the responsibility organisations are taking up to promote gender equality in the workplace, not only in the boardroom, but at the grassroot level as well. She expounded on the need to break stereotypes about women being persuasive, not pushy and being the boss, and not just bossy.


Ms. Ashitha Mollera, Executive Director, Data & Analytics, KPMG expounded in the keynote topic: The Future of Business Intelligence. Ms Mollera believes that use of AI-driven people analytics in business decision making, natural language processing in analysis of unstructured data, VR and chatbots are key aspects of how advanced Business Intelligence is transforming our future.


This was followed by an engaging panel discussion on the topic, Metamorphosis: Intelligence Quotient to Learning Quotient. Our esteemed panelists were Ms. Ankita Poddar, HR Business Partner, Amazon.com, Ms. Kaushambi Nag Bhatia, Solution Manager, OrgSolutions, New Ventures, McKinsey & Company, Ms. Nandini Mehta, Asst. Vice President, Heading Business HR, Max Fashions, Landmark Group and Ms. Ashitha Mollera, Executive Director, Data and Analytics, KPMG Global Services.


Day 2 of Arcturus 2018, began with two keynote speeches.


Ms Kirti Poddar- Head, Talent Acquisition and EVP, India and APAC, Kellogg's delivered a keynote speech on the topic, 'Classroom to Boardroom'. Ms. Poddar illustrated the importance of flawless execution and strong professional relationships, as the key to success in the corporate world.


Our second keynote speaker, Ms Anupam Trehan- Head of HR, India & SAARC, Cisco Systems gave a keynote speech on the topic: HRM: India Vs. The World. She talked about digitization as a tool of support for human resources. Ms Tehran emphasised the impact digitisation will have in work, the workplace and the workforce.


Our second keynote speaker, Ms Anupam Trehan- Head of HR, India & SAARC, Cisco Systems gave a keynote speech on the topic: HRM: India Vs. The World. She talked about digitization as a tool of support for human resources. Ms Tehran emphasised the impact digitisation will have in work, the workplace and the workforce.


The keynote speeches were followed by a panel discussion on, Delegation to Collaboration. The speakers included:

  • Ms Sunita Gyanchandani - Diversity and Inclusion Lead, South Asia, Unilever
  • Ms Anisha Agarwal - External Communications, IKEA India
  • Major Aditi Mohan - VP & Head - Corporate Services, Fidelity National Financial
  • Ms Aparna Shailen - Director, HR Operations, Alight Solutions
  • Ms Yoshita Swarup Sharma - ACC - Executive and Life Coach.


Arcturus 2018 was a resounding success, as SIBM Pune brought together inspiring women leaders of India Inc on one stage to challenge perceptions and instil courage amongst the students to be trailblazers. The students were inspired by the women leaders who shared their stories of success and hardship, and the gumption they displayed when breaking barriers.


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