Successful Women In Management (SWIM) Conference held on 4th September, 2013

Great Lakes Institute of Management organized its ‘Successful Women in Management (SWIM) 2013’ conference to honour women who have proven themselves and succeeded in their respective fields. Ms. Renuka Ramnath, Founder, Managing Director & CEO, Multiples Alternate Asset Management, the chief speaker of the occasion, joined the event through video conference. Ms. Nirmala Menon, Founder & CEO, Interweave Consulting and Dr. Usha Sriram, Founder, ACEER Health, were also graced the event and delivered the key note addresses. Prof. Bala V. Balachandran, Founder & Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management delivered the official welcome address.

Updates SWIM is an annual event at Great Lakes started with an aim to honor and encourage the women leaders for their priceless contributions to the society. A panel discussion was held where the speakers discussed on the current year’s theme “If women Ruled the Corporate World.” The chief guest of the occasion Ms. Renuka Ramnath shared her experience and invaluable advice to the students present at the conference. The address emphasized on the importance of women’s contributions at various capacities of management structure, significance of being ambitious and importance of possessing the knack for being successful. During the conference the audience had a chance to interact with the speakers.

Speaking on the occasion Prof. Bala V. Balachandran, Founder & Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management said “The contributions of Women to the society and the industry can never be discounted. Women leaders have the power to inspire the society through their strong leadership and intellectual qualities bundled with subtle emotional quotient. I congratulate each and every member of SWIM for their selfless efforts put in to empower and promote women leaders.”

In her speech Dr S. K. Shanthi, Professor of Economics, Great Lakes Institute of Management said, “This event stands as the testimony that women are setting up new horizons not only in the field of management but also society on a whole. I am sure through SWIM we will be able to communicate the message to the ambitious women and inspire them through the stories of other successful women in management.”

Delivering the Inaugural address Ms. Renuka Ramnath said, “ I don’t want to dwell in terms of Man and Woman, but competence plays the key role. Once you know that the person is competent, the support should be unconditional regardless of the gender.”

In her key note address Ms. Nirmala Menon, “The environment is constantly changing and today’s corporate world is programmed in such a way that it demands equal participation of men and women. The natural difference between men and women is the factor that creates the healthy balance in an organization. Dr. Usha Sriram added, “Women are naturally talented at multitasking, more tolerant and possess good people skills. In this new climate where women juggle a lot, should not neglect their health and communication with their family.”

Great Lakes also started an Inter B-school Video making and Article writing competition around the theme of SWIM this year. The competition was very well received by the B-school student community and we received an overwhelming response in terms of participation from leading management institutions like IIM’s, Narsee Monjee, SIBM, XIMB amongst others. The winner under the Video Making Category was Ms. Naureen Fatima from IIM-Raipur and under Article writing category - Ms. Swati Kaul from Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai was declared the winner.

Student Achievements

Swati Kaul, PGPM, 2013-14 won the Article writing competition

Swati Kaul, PGPM, 2013-14 won the Article writing competition on the theme “GENDER EQUALITY-Are Mars and Venus treated equally in the corporate universe?” conducted at SWIM 2013, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

‘The Changing Face of Finance Consultancy: Boutique Investment Banks’ has been published in the May, 2013 edition of IIM- Shillong Conquest Magazine (Consulting Club) as ‘featured article’

Ankur Baj of PGDM (2012 - 2014)

Best silent voice entry for the June, 2013 Edition of Markathon-The Marketing Magazine of IIM-Shillong

Pulkit Kohli and Ankur Baj of PGDM (2012 - 2014)

Winner of Ernst and Young Knowledge Quiz

Lathish Venugopal, Viral Patel. More than 2000 teams across India participated in this

Runners up at TATA Crucible Campus Quiz

Lathish Venugopal and Viral Patel.

Article published in March edition of Markathon – Marketing magazine of IIM- Shillong

Kriti Dua and Sankalp Parihar. The article was on Marketing Trends 2013

Winner at Hyundai Global Youth Marketing Camp

Shouvik Das. The event was held in S.Korea and the team comprising of 4 Korean students, 4 Indians and 1 Chinese student won the award for the Best BTL Strategy

Second Prize for Article writing in NMIMS Banking

Namratha and Mahesh. The article was on “Policy expectations for the Indian Economy” and was published in the BankAge Magazine of NMIMS.

First Place- The Clan,IFMR

Krishnan Chidambaram and Hariharan Subramaniyan. The event was Abhyudhaya, the flagship HR event of IFMR. They competed in the finals against teams from K.J. Somaiya, IIT Madras, BIM, Welinkar and LIBA

I Runner up at Goa Institute of Management

Gajendra Sisodia and Kriti Dua. This was a national level case study competition (Samiksha 2013). Total of 127 teams participated in the event

Article published in NITIE’s In-Fin-NITIE

Manshi Gandhi. The article was on “Quantitative Easing”

First prize in case study competition at SIMC

Harleen Wahi and Abhishek Jain. The case study was a real case of declining sales of next gen publishing magazines a unit of Shapoorji Pallonji & Co Ltd. Great Lakes competed with 11 teams in the final campus round with the likes of SIMS,MICA, NITIE, Narsee Monjee,etc