Catalyst India WRC is growing by leaps and bounds. In 2014, we welcomed 16 new corporate members, including large Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Limited and other leading Indian corporations such as ICICI Bank and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., who have signed on locally, joining established members such as Colgate-Palmolive Company, Fluor Corporation, Pitney Bowes Inc., and Wipro Ltd. Also, two Indian leaders were appointed to the Catalyst Board of Directors: TK Kurien, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Wipro Limited, and Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank Limited.
Partnering Across Genders to Foster an Inclusive Workplace
On February 20, 2015, Rishi Gour, COO, Sodexo India On-Site Services, and Catherine Corley, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Catalyst India, hosted a thought provoking seminar designed to expand awareness of gender-balanced leadership as a strategic and competitive advantage in today's global marketplace. This event was hosted by Sodexo and took place in Mumbai. Learn more.
Keynote Speaker: Sunita R Cherian, Vice President, HR and Global D&I Head, WIPRO
Moderator: Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo
Janaki Chaudhry, Head Strategy, Tata International
Madhur Deora, Managing Director, Citi India Investment Banking
Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India
Saundarya Rajesh, Founder, President, Avtar Career Creators
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Catalyst India In The News
10 things women need to succeed, 27 January 2015, ZeeNews by Averil Nunes
Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India, lists a few things that need to change for the working women.
Fewer Women on Top, 23 January 2015, The New Indian Express, by Shilpa Kappur Vasudevan
This piece about board diversity in the corporate world cites the 2014 Catalyst Census: Women Board Directors and quotes Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India.
Indian boardrooms are the best at keeping women out, 13 January 2015, Quartz, by Diksha Madhok
The 2014 Catalyst Census: Women Board Directors is cited in this piece discussing the lack of diversity on Indian boards.
Women hold 9.5% of board seats in BSE 200 cos: Catalyst, 13 January 2015, Business Standard, by Press Trust of India
This piece about the presence of women on corporate boards cites Catalyst’s 2014 Catalyst Census: Women Board Directors report.
Tanmatra Is Launched
IBM, The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B) and Catalyst India WRC recently announced that they are collaborating to launch a cross-industry women’s leadership development program, ‘Tanmatra’ (means ‘essential’ in Sanskrit).
The program will leverage the best collective practical experience and research to prepare women for leadership in the Indian business community, and it will create a common networking platform for high-potential women. Open to organisations across the country, it will train a batch of 30 high-potential women across industries with at least 12 years of industry experience across a span of 10 months.
In this collaborative program, IBM is the knowledge partner, aligning to the organization’s focus on advancement of women as ‘essential’ to successful business. Catalyst India WRC is the research partner, offering its research experts as part of Tanmatra’s faculty. IIM-Bangalore is the education partner, bringing to life a suite of high quality, relevant leadership modules led by world-class faculty, for the cohort. Tanmatra will be conducted at the IIM-Bangalore campus.
About Catalyst India WRC
Founded in 2011, Catalyst India WRC is a membership community composed of 80 leading corporations and professional firms committed to building inclusive workplaces that expand opportunities for women and business in corporate India. With insights from its highly regarded research, solution-based tools, convening events, global staff and members, and the Catalyst India Advisory Board, Catalyst India works with its members to build a robust pipeline of current and future leaders in India Inc.