CII Indian Women Network (IWN) – Western Region organized the first edition of its flagship initiative “WomeNation: Power of Us” from 29th – 30th September 2016 at Trident Hotel, Nariman Point - Mumbai.
WomeNation celebrated the achievements of women professionals in diverse field. The first of its kind, this two day summit was uniquely curated to feature rich discussions, addresses by successful women who have broken barriers, students who have been positively impacted with IWN’s flagship mentoring session (100 Hours of Change) and celebrated stories of women from all walks of life. The two day summit featured rich discussions, motivational addresses by successful global and Indian women achievers such as Ms Shikha Sharma, MD & CEO, Axis Bank, Ms Usha Sangwan, MD, Life Insurance Corporation of India, India’s Rocket Women – The ISRO Women team part of the Mangalyaan project, Ms Eika Banerjee, CEO, Future Group, Adv. Susieben Shah, Past Chairperson, Maharashtra State Commission for Women, Dr Heena Sidhu, Arjuna Awardee Air Pistol Shooter , Consul Generals of Brazil, South Africa and Sri Lanka, and Special conversation with Ms Anu Aga, Director, Thermax and Ms Mehar Pudumjee, Chairperson – Thermax, and many more women achievers were part of this summit. Nearly 400 women participated in this summit.
During the keynote discussion at the inaugural session Ms Shika Sharma, Managing Director and CEO, Axis Bank said women have lot of strengths and they should not try to over compensate. She mentioned to stay firm in one’s conviction, seek help from people around and support would be forthcoming. Ms Usha Sangwan, managing Director, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) said she learnt about the management mantra that one has to be ‘fair & firm’ in one’s approach. On leadership positions come with a lot of responsibility. So if you want to be a leader, you must be ready to take on the responsibility”.
The day 2 started with a special mother – daughter conversation with Ms Anu Aga, Director, Thermax Ltd. and Ms Meher Pudumjee, Chairperson, CII Indian Women Network – National Committee and Co - Chairperson, Thermax Ltd. Ms Aga said that “Women must develop qualities like self – confidence, assertiveness, give up feeling guilty and be caring to become leaders.” She added, however successful women are, they are not sure of themselves. Men will easily make claims. Hence, it is important that women develop their self-goals. Explained the difference between caring and being neurotic in women, Ms Aga said that “When an 18 old teenage girl is out on a party, the mother says how much she loved her and all which is termed as neurosis.”
The WomeNation summit ended with a power packed valedictory session with Ms Amruta Fadnavis, Deputy Vice – President – Corporate Head, Axis Bank said that she had decided to continue her work life even after her husband became Chief Minister of Maharashtra to maintain her identity. “I have got that inspiration from my mother, who is an ophthalmologist. I have seen her continue to work all through,” she added. Advising women to continue their work life even after childbirth, she said “You can give up a promotion and take a break, but you must never give up your job. When we are talking of empowering women and equality for women, we have to become an example for our children to follow on their life.”