Successful Women in Management

Theme: "Do you have to be an Iron lady to be successful?"

Successful Women in Management Successful Women in Management

2012 marked the 6th year for the prestigious Annual conference and the theme for the year was “Do you have to be an Iron lady to be successful”? The conference was organized at the Great Lakes’ Manamai Campus and was graced by some of the esteemed Women in Business today.

The event was successful in reminding the attendees that ‘Impossible is nothing’; more so, for the strong willed women of today, who are the thoughts of their mothers and grandmothers, embodied, and made alive. They are active, capable, determined and bound to win. They have one thousand generations to back them up... And millions of women; long dead and gone are speaking through them today.

The guests who graced the occasion and etched their profound words and thoughts it into everyone’s minds were:

    Distinguished Speakers
  • Dr. Mallika Sarabhai – Dancer, Choreographer, Activist, Writer, Actor
  • Ms. Nisaba Godrej, President, Human Capital and Innovation, Godrej Industries

  • Dr. Mangalam Srinivasan, Distinguished professor of management and Director – China Study Center, Great Lakes Institute of Management

  • Ms. Ruzan Khambhatta, Director – N Wave Tech Pvt. Ltd.
  • Ms. Latha Rajan, Director – Ma Foi Strategic Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
  • Ms. Mubina Ansari, Walt Disney/NDTV
  • Ms. Susmita Dasgupta, Founder and Chief Ideator, Smart iDeAS

Dr. Mallika Sarabhai was at her pragmatic best. She encouraged the women to bring about a paradigm shift in their lives by challenging the archaic and pre-conceived notions of the society and to look beyond the inevitable cycle of family-responsibilities-marriage-kids. She shared her secret to happiness and asked everyone to do ‘Aatmamanthan’ to decide what they really wanted in life, define success for themselves rather than following anyone else’s definition and to spend their lives doing exactly what they wanted to in order to be satisfied.

Ms. Nisaba Godrej made an instant connection with the audience by being her honest self and set benchmarks for the budding women managers with her thought provoking advices. She started by citing Malcolm Gladwell’s 10000-hour rule and reinforced the importance of hard work by saying that it is our effort that really counts and NOT the gender. Nisaba also spoke about pursuing one’s passion with grit and determination and about learning the art of maintaining balance and advised women to marry well as family’s support post marriage had the power of making or breaking ones career. Nisaba ended her speech with Bono’s quote, ‘As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both’.

Video speeches:

Student Achievements

Gaurav Bhandari and Jayashree Ramamoorthy

First prize in Battleground-Conquest, strategy competition conducted by IIM-Shillong

Hemant Grover, Jitin Mehndiratta and Namita Joshi

First prize in “HR Cut – Video Making Competition” organized by IIM – Ranchi

Krishnan Chidambaram

First runner-up in H-Calibre, article writing competition by IIM Ranchi

Kishore Kumar and Sri Hariharan Subramaniyan

1st prize, Silent Voice ad competition, IIM Shillong

Vignesh Srinivasan, Sri Hariharan Subramaniyan, Regoonathan Sankararaman

Second prize, Kurukshetra competition, Convergence 2012, Operations & IT summit, SIBM Banglore

Namratha Vaidya, Mahesh Panigrahy and Mankirat Puri

In top 5 - present paper on “Outbound Acquisitions” at “Mulyankan”- the 14th, annual Finance Conference by N.L Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research

Siddharth Venkataraman, Krishnan Chidambaram

First place, article writing contest, IIFT's Finance magazine, InFINeeti