CII HAS LAUNCHEDThe Indian Women Network[IWN] for Career Women, Professional, Faculty and Students who are ambitious, dynamic and focused women !
“Today, 30% of workforce in organizations comprises women but they still don’t have an appropriate forum to discuss issues that are relevant to them. Through Indian Women Network, we hope to provide a platform for women to discuss issues and opportunities at work places and learn from each other’s experiences. We hope that in time to come IWN will become the voice of Indian women”
– G V Sanjay Reddy, Past Chairman, CII Southern Region and Vice Chairman, GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd
“Let’s come together, build together & achieve together for tomorrow’s India. IWN will reach out to engage & empower women through various initiatives to augment knowledge, skills & equal opportunity to enhance inclusive growth & economic parity for sustainable development of the country.”
– Suchitra K Ella, Past Chairwoman, Indian Women Network (IWN), Southern Region & Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech International Ltd
“Our endeavor with IWN is to provide career women, potential career women and women engaged at the grass roots - a platform, a space, a community, they can call their own. We hope that with IWN millions of Indian women will fulfill their destinies of being a miracle and a creator for generations to come.”
– Bhairavi Jani, Past Chairperson - Steering Committee, CII Indian Women Network and Director, SCA Group
“I am pleased to applaud the completion of 3 years of IWN! The phenomenal growth of IWN across the Southern Region and its inclusiveness within all CII mainstream activities is a reflection of the leadership and commitment of the IWN Members. The significant interventions from health talks, medical camps, programmes on personal effectiveness, leadership development, mentorship workshops, work career development and policy initiatives have played a large role in the development of women’s empowerment.”
“IWN is a very active network for creating gender parity and to assist women to face challenges with confidence and self-worth and maintain a healthy work life balance! The tangible and intangible impact created by these initiatives is of immense value not only to women, but to the society at large. I would like to congratulate the IWN Leadership for effectively driving the initiatives during these early years and I am confident that IWN will grow in all aspects into a National CII initiative.”
– Ms. Rajshree Pathy, Immediate Past Chairperson, CII Southern Region and Chairman & Managing Director, Rajshree Sugars & Chemicals
“CII’s initiative to create an organisation exclusively focused on career women has paved the way towards creating a focused network to deliver value added services for professionals in corporate, entrepreneurs, students, faculty from academic institutions and independent professionals. It gives me immense pride to say that through IWN’s many diverse initiatives not only has it provided a learning platform but also offered a growing career curve for its members.”
“Personally it has been a pleasure chairing this unique network which is constantly developing to cater to the various issues and provide solutions to the woman professionals of today. I would like to thank our valuable member base that makes us what we are today. I look forward to seeing IWN scale up to greater heights in the years to come with the principle of ‘women matter’ at our very foundation!”
– Dr R Nandini, Immediate Past Chairwoman, IWN Southern Region & Managing Director, Chandra Textiles Pvt Ltd
“There is no doubt that women are seeing greater opportunities and greater development this decade compared to the earlier times. IWN is that enabling platform for today's career women to pursue their dreams and unleash their potential. IWN works with the Government, Companies & Institutions in accelerating the pace of change required to support the development of women at the workplace. IWN also reaches out to the women, increasing their self-confidence and imparting various programs to enhance their skills and competencies.”
“The IWN women members enjoy this unique networking program as they get to meet other career women including women professionals and entrepreneurs and are able to share ideas, challenges and learn from each other in a more open, comfortable atmosphere. I personally enjoy this journey with IWN and it has enriched my life both personally and professionally. I wish more women get to experience this beautiful platform and unleash their potential for their development as well as the development of our nation.”
– Ms Anu Sriram, Chairwoman, IWN Southern Region & Co-Founder & Joint Managing Director, Integra Software Services Pvt.Ltd
“It is definitely an esteemed honour to take up the role of Deputy Chairwoman Southern Region for Indian Women Network, as this initiative under the aegis of CII is very close to my heart. Having being involved right from the birth of this wonderful & important organisation, I have witnessed its evolution over the last 3 years connecting a critical element in our Indian Economy- ‘The Working Women’. While our Country marches ahead in the coming decades to attain its rightful position of becoming a Global Powerhouse, we must acknowledge the contribution of women when included in all sections & spheres of society. I strongly believe that increased participation of women in the workforce creates a stronger & sustainable economic growth for our country.”
“Of course, to reach to that status, the ecosystem will have to create an enabling environment and that is where I feel that Indian Women Network can play an important role in policy advocacy & skill building, so that our nation reaches better global rankings in Gender Parity.”
– Ms Vanitha Datla, Deputy Chairwoman, IWN Southern Region & Executive Director & CFO, ELICO Ltd
Ms Rhea Mazumdar Singhal is the Founder and CEO of Ecoware, India’s first and largest sustainable packaging company. Ms Rhea was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honour for women by the President of India. Ms Rhea is a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’ (YGL) and is an active contributor to YGL councils on climate change. Ms Rhea has attended the University of Bristol, Oxford and Harvard University. Prior to founding Ecoware, Ms Rhea was a senior sales executive at Pfizer Inc., UK.
From the UK, Ms Rhea moved to India where she founded Ecoware with the sole aim of solving India’s plastic menace. Ecoware disrupted the food packaging industry by introducing a fully compostable alternative to plastic. Ecoware is made from the waste of agricultural crops that would otherwise be burnt, thus contributing to debilitating air pollution. One of Ms Rhea’s greatest successes has been persuading the Indian Railways, the largest food service operator in India, to switch to Ecoware biodegradables trays. Ms Rhea has been featured in major national and international publications and has appeared as a speaker at events such as Salesforce and the National Commission for Women in India.
IWN Regional Secretariat
Ms Bhupinder Pal Kaur, Deputy Director, IWN Northern Region
About IWN Delhi
CII launched an exclusive platform called Indian Women Network for women across sectors from Corporate, Working Professionals and Colleges/Institutes in Delhi. Network’s vision is to work with industry and civil society to strengthen women’s role and participation in the economic sphere and community affairs
The Delhi Chapter of this Network got successfully launched by Ms Sumitra Mahajan, Hon’ble Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014 and is an initiative that aspires to create a conducive atmosphere for women to make them active in business and provide more opportunities in different fields. Over the last year IWN Delhi has organized numerous learning sessions aimed at empowering, engaging and enabling working women. These sessions have covered a wide range of topics that are of interest to the working woman of today.
Some of them were :
- Interactive Session on Access to Finance for Women Entrepreneurs.
- Workshop on Sexual Harassment at Workplace - Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal.
- Roundtable on Opportunities to Advance Women's Economic Empowerment in India and Third Countries.
- Master Class on Women Independent Director.
- Interaction with International Delegations.
- Workshop on Emotional Intelligence.
- Workshop on Health Awareness etc.
Our endeavour in IWN is to address women’s issues at various stages of their lives. Through this network we provide a platform for women to discuss issues, opportunities, and also learn from each other’s experiences and expert guest speakers. IWN aspires to create diverse activities that will connect women from all around the world. These activities will range from political programs, business conferences, networking events, panel discussions, etc. We invite you to join this unique initiative and contribute collectively to the chapter.Annual Session
Ms Rinki Dhingra
Chairwoman, IWN Delhi
Vice Chairwoman, IWN Delhi
Ms Shivangi Jha
About Chandigarh Tricity
The IWN Chandigarh Tricity Chapter was formally launched on 10th March 2017 by H E Shri V P Singh Badnore, Hon’ble Governor, Punjab & Administrator, U T Chandigarh.
The IWN Chandigarh Tricity Chapter is led by Dr Reetinder Mohan along with 37 members. We have a varied member base consisting majorly of faculty from educational Institution, corporate and independent professionals and entrepreneurs..
The Chapter has been able to serve its members through its 3 major task forces namely Learning & Development, Health & Wellbeing and Policy & Advocacy. Under Learning & Development regular a session was conducted for the school students, on how to cope up with exam fear and ways for effective communication, following this Ms Monica, from Monica's Puddings & Pies, shared her entrepreneurial journey with the students of Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Chandigarh.
Under Policy & Advocacy a talk was conducted for the IWN members on Child Protections Rights & Law: Policy by Dr Upneet Lalli, Deputy Director, Institute of Correctional Administration Chandigarh.
Adopting the theme for world health day 2017 by WHO IWN Chandigarh Tricity Chapter conducted a session on “Depression –Let’s Talk” at Panjab University, Chandigarh. The Chapter has also organized various sessions on Hygiene, Nutrition and Emotional wellbeing for girl’s students in govt schools. A session on Physiotherapy in Current Scenario (Role in Quality of life) was also organized for the IWN members.
Besides these, the chapter has conducted 2 members meet, 3 panels meeting to discuss the work plan and a conclave “Empowering Women: I am the Change!” featuring Star Talk by a woman entrepreneur on Women Entrepreneurship & Leadership, a session on making life a celebration and awareness on cyber security- the code of hour.
Ms Sonika Gupta
Chairwoman, IWN Chandigarh Tricity
Dr Shilpa Suri
Vice Chairwoman, CII IWN Chandigarh Tricity
Mr Pranshu Kaushik, Executive
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched the Rajasthan Chapter of Indian Women Network (IWN) on 9 January 2018 at Jaipur.
At the launch of IWN Rajasthan, a Panel Discussion on Challenges and Opportunities for Career Women in Today’s World & Role of Women in building Inclusive Society was also organized. Ms Kamna Raj Aggarwalla, Chairwoman, IWN Northern Region; Mrs Rolee Agarwal, IRS, Commissioner, Income Tax, Government of India; Mr B L Soni, IPS, Addl Director General of Police – Disaster Management, Government of Rajasthan; Ms Meenal Bhosale, Addl Commissioner – Central Excise & Customs, Government of India; Ms Suchitra K Ella, Chairwoman – IWN Women Empowerment National Committee & Co-Founder & Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech International Ltd; Mr Rajiv Jain, Past Chairman, CII and CMD, Sambhav Gems Ltd and Mr Sanjay Srivastava, Business Head, Mahindra World City Jaipur Ltd interacted with the participants as also encouraged the woman participants to come forward to play an active role in the development of Nation & society as a whole.
During past few months, Rajasthan Chapter of Indian Women Network has organised several interesting Sessions:
- Interaction on Legal Structure of Business for Women
- Interaction with Senior IAS Officer Mrs Mugdha Sinha, Secretary- Food and Consumer Affairs, Govt of Rajasthan on her Success Story and Challenges faced in life
- Session on Respecting Womenhood at International College of Women, Jaipur
- Interactive Session on Incentives offered by Ministry of MSME for Women Entrepreneurs
- Awareness Sessions on Prevention and Early Detection of Cervical Cancer at three Girls Colleges in Jaipur
- Participation at “Wow Women League” a Friendly Cricket match between Professional Women
- Sessions on “Digital Marketing & Astrology and Vastu: The Scientific Approach”
- Session on “Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013
Rajasthan Chapter of Indian Women Network (IWN) endeavors to be an exclusive platform for women across sectors from Corporate, Working Professionals and Colleges/Institutes under the able leadership of Ms Kiran Poddar, Director, Kenu International Marketing Pvt Ltd as the Chairwoman and Ms Pallavi Mishra, Director, Geeta Global School as the Vice Chairwoman.
IWN aspires to bring together women throughout their careers to empower them; engage with them and further to enable them to rise to the best of their capabilities through training, mentoring and the creation of an associative model that all professional women can benefit from. The Network works with women at different stages of their career - final year students, career women at different levels, entrepreneurs and women who would like to get back to their career, post their sabbatical.
Ms Kiran Poddar
Chairwoman IWN, Rajasthan
Ms Pallavi Mishra
Vice Chairwoman, IWN Rajasthan
Mr Abhishek Dixit, Executive Officer
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