Join SD SHRM and TargetCW as we welcome Poonam Barua from India for a unique opportunity in our community! Limited seats available, RSVP Today!
8-8:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m. Presentation
There is no fee to attend this event. However, there is an optional donation of $20 per attendee to the SHRM Foundation. You can make your donation online here.
It's Not About D&I, but About DNA: Can We Just Change Our Minds, Hearts & Spirit to Embrace Equal Opportunity?
The real question that companies and business leaders must be asking is, whether they are ready to reinvent their mindset, make the cross-cultural transition that the new and dynamic environment demands and is the company ready to embrace inclusive growth and respect towards all talents for long-term sustainability.
It is no longer possible to just appoint and designate a Chief Diversity Officer and a D&I team for making the cultural transition to inclusive growth. The fundamentals of attracting and using all talents to their optimum potential is to provide "Equal Opportunity" to everyone to shine--without any barriers, biases, or discrimination. Only after equal opportunity is validated within the workplace, can we place Diversity and Inclusivity as a company policy.
Validating equal opportunity is not just about embedding it in the code of conduct, the "numbers" have to also show in the final workplace. If the number of working women in top management remain low, then there is clear bias, and it needs to be corrected. Otherwise, we are working on the assumption that all women have no "meritocracy" which cannot be logically acceptable.
The world is now witnessing a powerful and irreversible move among companies worldwide to "empower" women thru the diversity and inclusion initiatives. Which is the right move in the right direction, but only when it is handled with the right moral compass and with gender-auditing capability practices well embedded in the organization.
These will be the best employer for women companies, where the culture company DNA has moved to equal opportunity in a real sense with gender-neutral workplaces, and women worldwide will be seeking out these companies for building their careers.
About our Speaker:
Poonam Barua is the Founding Director of PAMASIA, an independent firm specializing in corporate and institutional diplomacy, global corporate advisory services, and building leadership across a range of diverse stakeholders, based in New Delhi for almost two decades.
Ms. Barua is also Founder-Chairman of the distinguished Forum for Women in Leadership and CEO, WILL Forum India, that brings together senior women executives from leading companies in India and multinationals on the mission and mandate for leveraging the vast talent-pool of women, sharing best practices for women in the workplace, and mentoring women for leadership positions. More than 6,000 senior women professionals from across 250 companies, and over 650 WILL mentees are participating in the WILL Forum since its launch in 2007.
Ms. Barua is the author of the pioneering book, "Leadership by Proxy: The Story of Women in Corporate India" and has written several research reports on "WILL Handbook: 50 Best Practices for Women in the Workplace," "Differentiating Styles of Women in Leadership" and the best selling report "Balanced Boards for Good Governance."
For over a decade, Ms. Barua has been Region Director-India at The Conference Board, providing thought leadership on best business practices for companies in India. She is actively committed to bringing transparency and corporate governance, and serves as an independent director on corporate board. She leads the pioneering "WILL Women on Corporate Boards Series" in India and is a member of the Joint Electricity Regulation Commission Advisory Board of the Indian government.
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