This podcast is an adaptation of the third edition of The Economic Times Women’s Forum, a milestone in the national dialogue on gender and work. We speak to the women who have taken the challenge head-on, creating opportunities for millions of other women, the new generation of bold young achievers online, influencers whose reach has grown in food, travel, sports, and women who are shaping the future of tech in India.
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Being A Pathbreaker [ 23:51 ]
Being A Pathbreaker
In this episode, Sania Mirza, Former World No. 1 Doubles Tennis Player and UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia delves into her journey to becoming the top-ranked doubles tennis player in the world. She is someone who believes that nothing is impossible as long as you have the will to do it. Tune in to the episode to hear her talk about her inspirations and how she broke stereotypes to emerge as a winner in a man's world.
Getting the most out of working from home [ 28:46 ]
Getting the most out of working from home
In India and around the world, the response of the state and economic sectors to the pandemic has been very gendered. For most women, working from home has reinforced the stereotype of men as providers and women as caregivers particularly for families with young children. In this episode, Kristine Anvik Leach - MD Jotun India, Namita Thapar - Executive Director, Emcure Pharma, Gargi Dasgupta - Director, IBM Research in India & CTO, IBM India/South Asia, Vinod Senthil - CEO, InfySec, discuss all about the new norm called 'Work From Home'.
Kung Fu Nuns: Empowering Girls Across the Himalayas [ 04:28 ]
Kung Fu Nuns: Empowering Girls Across the Himalayas
The Kung Fu nuns are a group of young nuns belonging to the Drupka lineage – a thousand year Buddhist tradition, who have adopted Kung Fu as a means to build strength and champion gender equality. Breaking a centuries-long social order that favours men in leadership, these nuns have become an example of kindness in its fiercest form — empowering themselves and others to truly serve others. As champions of equality and environmentalism, these young women are known for their epic acts of service. Tune in to this episode to listen to them.
Women Leading the Fight Against COVID-19 [ 19:31 ]
Women Leading the Fight Against COVID-19
In this episode, we chat with Gagandeep Kang, the first Indian women Scientist to be elected Fellow of The Royal Society, London. She discusses at length the situation of vaccines for Covid-19 in India while sharing insights on the unappreciated role of women in health, challenges of women in the healthcare industry, why some severe diseases are more common in men than women, and more.
Beating the Lockdown Blues [ 30:27 ]
Beating the Lockdown Blues
With the lockdown in place, women's share of housework and caregiving increased dramatically particularly in families with the elderly and children. Many women were locked in abusive relationships with no way out. This turned out to be a global phenomenon. The lockdown forced women to face uncomfortable truths about their life. In this episode, Pragya Tiwari is in conversation with Anna Chandy, Founder of Anna Chandy & Associates, Prakriti Poddar, MD of Poddar Wellness, Shaheen Bhatt, Author to find out what women are going through and what could be the solutions to it.
A Daredevil on Wheels [ 20:04 ]
A Daredevil on Wheels
In this episode, we chat with Anam Hashim, Professional Bike Stuntwoman, the only Indian stunt athlete to have won an international competition. She shares her journey as a women bike rider, her experiences in overcoming challenges, her passion for biking, stunt-riding as a career, her plans for the future, and more.
Leading a Multi-Billion Dollar Business Through the Pandemic [ 10:38 ]
Leading a Multi-Billion Dollar Business Through the Pandemic
A huge advocate of women empowerment and a champion of rights for underrepresented minorities, Stephanie C. Hill, Executive VP, Rotary and Mission Systems, Lockheed Martin shares her journey, her influences, and her passion. An engineer by profession, Stephanie sheds light on some useful advice on leading businesses virtually in a pandemic.
Women Shaping the Future of Technology [ 34:12 ]
Women Shaping the Future of Technology
In this episode, some of the leading women from the tech world come together to chat about - Why there are fewer women in leadership positions in India despite having a large percentage working in the tech industry as compared to other European nations? How can companies reverse this brain drain and enhance diversity? and more. Tune into this illuminating chat with Aruna Jayanthi - MD, Capgemini Asia Pacific and Latin America, Dipty Chander - President, E-mma, Rama Sridhar - Executive VP, Business Development, Digital & Emerging Partnerships, New Payment Flows, Mastercard Asia Pacific, Rekha M. Menon - Chairman & Senior MD, Accenture India.
Do Women Make Better Leaders? [ 17:46 ]
Do Women Make Better Leaders?
Her fiery speeches have hit the headline many times after she took to power as a Member of Parliament in 2019. The zeal with which she fights for the causes she believes in is unmissable. In this episode, Mahua Moitra shares her views on if women make better leaders.
Leading Through COVID-19: An Entrepreneur’s Journey [ 22:12 ]
Leading Through COVID-19: An Entrepreneur’s Journey
In this episode, the CEO of Zilingo, Ankiti Bose shares her learnings and insights from her journey as an entrepreneur, especially her lessons during pandemic times. She sheds light on some tough issues that every entrepreneur had to face during the unprecedented times of the pandemic like - right-sizing the company, shifting resources, decision making, maintaining culture in times of uncertainties and more.
Supporting Rural Women Entrepreneurs [ 17:58 ]
Supporting Rural Women Entrepreneurs
Honing the extensive experience of over two decades of having worked at the intersection of financial services and development, Alison Eskesen, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Mastercard believes in inclusive growth. In this episode, she is posed with questions on engaging the private sector to uplift women entrepreneurs, especially in rural India.
Entrepreneurs who thrive in a crisis [ 27:30 ]
Entrepreneurs who thrive in a crisis
This episode focuses on how entrepreneurs have had to resort to social media and the internet for everything. Whether it is to grow their businesses, bringing workouts home, baking, taking courses to reskill themselves and more. We chat with some of the brightest women entrepreneurs who thrived in the pandemic-lead lockdown in their own ways. Tune in to listen to this interesting chat with Vineeta Singh - CEO & Co-founder, Sugar Cosmetics, Shweta Bhatia - Partner & Head of Technology, Consumer & Financial Services, Eight Roads Ventures India, Gazal Kalra -Co-founder, Rivigo.
I Did it My Way [ 14:48 ]
I Did it My Way
In this episode, we trace the journey of Ritu Beri, Founder, The Luxury League, a fashion designer who was raised as an army child. We chat with her about how she broke the stereotype by choosing an unconventional career path to making a mark on the international market. Tune in to get inspired.
Finding the Positive [ 23:13 ]
Finding the Positive
From being a famous Bollywood star to being diagnosed with cancer where she was told she had only a 30% chance of survival, Sonali Bendre has been through a roll-a-coaster life journey. A true inspiration to many, she shares how she fought cancer and came out as a winner as she went on her journey of healing.
Covid-19: A Turning Point for Women Entrepreneurs? [ 26:0426 ]
Covid-19: A Turning Point for Women Entrepreneurs?
The unprecedented pandemic led by Covid-19 has disrupted the entire business fraternity in many ways, but turns out women entrepreneurs have managed to put a tough fight against the hard situations. Tune in as we discuss the impact of the pandemic on women entrepreneurs with Sapna Chadha, Senior Country Marketing Director, India and Southeast Asia, Google and Megha Chawla, Partner, Bain & Company.
Fight for Equality [ 22:45 ]
Fight for Equality
Gender inequality is a deeply ingrained problem in all classes of Indian society. We speak to women inheritors of large corporations about the challenges they faced while taking on lead roles in family businesses which were traditionally reserved for the men in the family. Tune into Dr. Valli Arunachalam of Murugappa Group Scion and Shanu Hinduja of S. P. Hinduja Banque Privée share their thoughts.
Learning From India’s Most Valuable Woman [ 14:46 ]
Learning From India’s Most Valuable Woman
In this episode, we speak to the iconic businesswoman of India who is an inspiration for many business aspirants in India, especially women. Tune in as entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Executive Chairperson of Biocon shares valuable insights.
Login to the Sisterhood of Women [ 21:53 ]
Login to the Sisterhood of Women
While many women in India face repression when they come together to uplift each other they create magic. Digitalisation in our country has enabled the sisterhood further by bringing women together to empower each other. Meet women leaders Sairee Chahal Founder & CEO of Sheroes and Vanshika Goenka Founder & CEO of Kool Kanya who are helping women strengthen their togetherness by their work. Tune in.
India's Top Social Media Influencers: A Force to Reckon With [ 24:41 ]
India's Top Social Media Influencers: A Force to Reckon With
Has the pandemic changed the game for social influencers or has it facilitated their presence further. We chat with top influencers - Shivya Nath Author & Travel Blogger, Malini Agarwal Founder of MissMalini.com and Archana Doshi Founder of Archana’s Kitchen.
Power of Women in Pandemic [ 06:57 ]
Power of Women in Pandemic
Tune into the powerful message by Melinda Gates, Co-Chair & Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as she shed light on how women can play a powerful role in recovering from the pandemic.