What obstacles do women face while climbing up corporate ladder? Why is Diversity and Inclusion essential for the growth of a business? How can honing your networking and negotiation skills put you forward? These were just some of the concepts discussed at the Catalyst India WRC’s Catalyst Connects event. The panel, which took place in Mumbai, India, featured:
Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India
Meenakshi K S, India Director and Country Head Human Resources at Credit Suisse India
Pamela Thomas-Graham, Chief Marketing and Talent Officer, Head Private Banking & Wealth Management New Markets, Member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Group AG & Credit Suisse AG
Anjali Raina, Executive Director, Harvard Business School Research Center, India.
The panelists candidly shared their career experiences before a crowd of attendees, who were from various companies in Mumbai. Pamela Thomas-Graham spoke about her career path so far, first at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she was a summer associate and then at McKinsey & Company, where she was the first African American woman to become a partner. She spoke about transitioning from consultancy into the media business as the President and CEO of CNBC and then later joining Liz Claiborne, as Group President before eventually joining Credit Suisse. Anjali Raina spoke about her career as one of the first women branch managers of a major international bank. She spoke about the struggles of an Indian career woman, from basics such as not having a ladies room in at the office she managed, to not denying herself her femininity or her interests such as art and culture as they were neatly incorporated into her professional life. She spoke at length about how she dealt with politics in her office, and how moving from a banker’s role to an HR persons role was incredibly challenging, but how she managed it.
The panel discussion was followed by a networking session.