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

Sankalp Parihar, Manmeet Ahluwalia, Harleen Wahi, Lathish Venugopal

1st prize, 3rd Inter College Debate Competition, IIT Madras.

Nivedita Singh

First Prize - Article in IIFTs Mark Mantra magazine

Gejendra Sisodia & Deepika Solanki

Second Prize - Article in IIFTs Mark Mantra magazine

Kishore Kumar and Krishnan Chidambaram

First Prize - IIFTs Markmantra Ad Making Competition

Mahesh Panigrahy and Namratha Vaidya

Article amongst Top 5 articles, IIM Shillong Magazine – Niveshak

Abhinav Verma , Vinay Kumar

First Prize - Pol-Trics event, IIM- Kozhikode