Get Ready to Celebrate Yourself

About 'SayYes'

The Indian Women Network (IWN) is delighted to be back with its Annual Leadership Conclave, this year on the theme, ‘Say Yes: Celebrating Self’.

The Conclave will discuss on opportunities to enhance the participation of women in India’s growth story by listening to, interacting with and celebrating the lives of women who stand tall and lead from the front.

It will have dedicated themes for each day; Discovering Oneself; Celebrating with Learning ; Celebrating one another and Celebrating our Achievements.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

For 125 years, CII has been working on shaping India’s development journey and, this year, more than ever before, it will continue to proactively transform Indian industry’s engagement in national development.

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, with about 9100 members from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from 288 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, livelihoods, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and sustainable development, to name a few.

With the Theme for 2020-21 as Building India for a New World: Lives, Livelihood, Growth, CII will work with Government and industry to bring back growth to the economy and mitigate the enormous human cost of the pandemic by protecting jobs and livelihoods. With 68 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 11 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, UAE, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 394 counterpart organizations in 133 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.

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Women account for 48% of India’s population, but have not been equal beneficiaries of the country’s economic growth. India slipped to the 112th spot (from its 108th position in 2018) in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2020 which covered 153 economies. Only one-quarter of women compared with 82% of men, engage actively in the labour market - one of the lowest participation rates in the world. Women account for 14% of leadership roles and 30% of professional and technical workers. Female political representation remains a concern too: 14.4% of the parliament and 23% of the cabinet.

The ongoing COVID 19 pandemic has also served to accentuate the problem.

In 2013, CII launched the Indian Women Network (IWN) with a vision of co-creatingecosystems that enable women to live up to their full economic potential. Through advocacy, knowledge creation and on-ground interventions, IWN strives to promote equal opportunities for women to participate, grow and flourish in the Indian economy. With presence in 16 States, 8 Zones and 1 Union Territory across India, IWN actively engage its members on leadership, wellbeing, gender diversity, mentorship &networking.

IWN works towards enabling women to become better professionals and achievers in their respective fields through initiatives and activities to facilitate a supportive network; a platform to learn and exchange ideas and an avenue to network and grow. This is supplemented by exposing women to new opportunities presented by the ecosystem with the objective of inclusion and growth of women in the workforce and in enhancing their contribution to the progress of India.

IWN is spread around the country; in the cities of Delhi, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Aurangabad, Pune, Kolhapur, Indore, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore, Salem and Erode.

With 9 active chapters across Southern States, IWN is actively engaging its members across policy advocacy, leadership, wellbeing, gender diversity, mentorship and networking. IWN works to ensure that women are an intrinsic & equitable partners in the workforce through initiatives that will have an impact on their lives, livelihood and in getting growth back. In line with the CII’s theme for its 125th year, ‘Building India for the New World’, IWN pledges to build an inclusive, sustainable and a balanced nation by instilling gender parity across all forms of economic participation.

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Meet Our

Steering Committee


Rajani Seshadri

Chairwoman, IWN SR &
Founder & Director
Indepenn Connections Pvt Ltd


Shalini Warrier

Deputy Chairwoman, IWN SR &
Executive Director, COO & Business Head – Retail
Federal Bank Ltd

Ms Apurva Purohit

Hema Mani

Convenor, IWN Chennai &
Director (Human Resources)
Lennox International


Sivapriya Balagopal

Chairwoman, IWN Kerala &
Head – New Products Development, R&D Division
Eastern Condiments Pvt Ltd


Nandini Sarkar

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Karnataka &
Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leader - India
The Boeing Company

Madhavi Lall

Madhavi Lall

Chairwoman, IWN Western Region &
Managing Director & Head - HR, India
Deutsche Bank


Githa S Heggde

Lead, IWN SR Vertical on StarTrek &
Dean, School of Business
UPES Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Hema M Srinivas

Member, IWN Telangana &
Learning & Development


DR Senthamarai Gokulakrishnan

Member, IWN Chennai &
Co-Founder & Director
Betamonks Technology Factory Pvt Ltd

Ms Vinisha Umashankar

Uma Aysola

Member, IWN Telangana &
Head - Alliances & Partnerships
ACCESS Health International

Meet Our


Mr Uday Kotak

Uday Kotak

President, CII &
Managing Director & CEO
Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd

Chandrajit Banarjee

Chandrajit Banerjee

Director General
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Vaishali Nigam Sinha

Vaishali Nigam Sinha

Chairperson, CII National Committee on Women Empowerment & IWN
Chief Sustainability, CSR and Communications Officer
ReNew Power

Mr Uday Kotak


Her Excellency
The Ambassador of Finland to India

Megha Tata

Megha Tata

Managing Director – South Asia
Discovery Communications India

Adeeb Ahamed

Adeeb Ahamed

Managing Director
Lulu Financial Group

Ms Lakshmi Manchu

Lakshmi Manchu

Actor & Producer

Ms Radhika Gupta

Radhika Gupta

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Edelweiss Asset Management Ltd

Ms Apurva Purohit

Apurva Purohit

Jagran Prakashan Ltd

Mr Prakash Iyer

Prakash Iyer

CEO & Founder
Leadership Works

Ester Martinez

Ester Martinez

CEO & Editor-in-Chief
People Matters

Ms Aditi Bhosale

Aditi Bhosale - WALUNJ

Repos Energy India Pvt Ltd

Uma Sudhir

Uma Sudhir

Executive Editor (South)
New Delhi Television

Deepali Naair

Deepali Naair

Chief Marketing Officer
IBM (India & South Asia)

Ms Asha Pillai

Asha Pillai

Chairwoman, IWN Gujarat &
CFO and Finance Director
Shell – Hazira Group of Companies

Prof Vasanthi Srinivasan

Prof Vasanthi Srinivasan

Professor, Organizational Behaviour &
HR Management and Chair, Digital Learning
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore

Prof Venkat Srivatsan

Prof Venkat Srivatsan

Adjunct Professor of Economics
New York Stern School of Business

Prof Venkat Srivatsan

Anamika Sarma Iyer

Associate Vice President
Conneqt Business Solutions

Ms Vinisha Umashankar

Vinisha Umashankar

Climate Prize Winner 2020

Shirin Salis

Shirin Salis

Vice President – Human Resource
Trane Technologies, India

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IWN SayYes Leadership Webinar

Title: IWN StarTrek “In Conversation with Anita Bhogle & Harsha Bhogle”

Speakers: Mr Harsha Bhogle, Sports Commentator
Ms Anita Bhogle, Co-Founder, Bizpunditz

Date: 26 August 2020

Title: Creating Entrepreneurship Trail: “Initiation to Innovation – Towards Transformation”

Speakers: Ms Husna Sait, Owner, Brand Limited Edition
Ms Neha Bagaria, Founder & CEO, JobsForHer
Ms Rupa Giani, Independent Retail Fashion Designer & Founder, Quirk Story

Date: 6 October 2020

Title: IWN StarTrek “In Conversation with Viswanathan Anand & Aruna Anand”

Speakers: Mr Viswanathan Anand, Indian Chess Grandmaster
Ms Aruna Anand, Wife of Mr Viswanathan Anand

Date: 10 October 2020

Title: India’s Fight against Pandemics: “Women in the forefront”

Speakers: Ms Suchitra K Ella, Founder Chairwoman, Indian Women Network & Co-Founder & Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech International Ltd
Dr Gagandeep Kang, Professor, The Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Christian Medical College
Ms Anu Acharya, Founder & CEO, Maymygenome

Date: 11 November 2020

Title: Women in Corporate Careers

Speakers: Ms Madhavi Lall, Chairwoman, IWN WR & Managing Director and Head – HR, India, Deutsche Bank
Mr A R Unnikrishnan, Chairman, Environmental Sustainability Task Force, CII (SR) & Managing Director, Saint-Gobain India Pvt Ltd (Glass Business)
Ms Revathi Kant, Chief Design Officer, Titan Company Ltd

Date: 2 December 2020