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The Indian Women Network[IWN] for Career Women, Professional, Faculty and Students who are ambitious, dynamic and focused women !

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“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 SR IWN 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, 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, 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, Past 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, Past Chairwoman, IWN Southern Region & Executive Director & CFO, ELICO Ltd

Chairwoman

Ms Rajani Seshadri, Chairwoman, Indian Women Network, Southern Region & Executive Coach and Advisor

As a Leadership Coach over the past 7 years, Ms Rajani has helped over 50 leaders transform their behaviour by using their strengths to the fullest. She has extensive experience in business development, growth and profitability, strategy creation and Implementation, people management and metrics driven process design and improvement. Solutions-focused and results-oriented, she coaches senior managers to achieve organizational and professional goals to improve business results, improve operational effectiveness and improve personal performance, all of which have been a part of her own professional life.

Over the past 30 years of her career, over 25 of which has been in IT Services, Ms Rajani has nurtured and grown several businesses in telecom for TCS. As one of the longest standing members of the TCS Telecom business (’91-2011), she has been associated with most telecom accounts in TCS. Ms Rajani is a qualified assessor for SEI-CMMi, SEI-People CMM and the various ISO standards. She led the team that won the first CMM Level 5 rating for TCS in 1999 and was an assessor for TCS’s global People-CMM program in 2002.

She is accredited as a CEO Coach by Coaching Foundation India and is a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach. In 2016, Ms Rajani was recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Coaching Leaders” by CHRO Asia, a high level professional body for Human Resource Professionals. In 2004, Madras Management Association recognized her as the Outstanding Woman Manager of the Year.

Deputy Chairwoman

Ms Shalini Warrier, Deputy Chairwoman IWN Southern Region, Executive Director, COO & Business Head-Retail, Federal Bank

Ms. Shalini Warrier was appointed as Executive Director of Federal Bankwith effect from 15 January, 2020. She joined the Bank on 2nd November 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer, with her primary responsibility being operational excellence, coupled with digital innovation. In May, 2019, she took on the additional responsibility of Business Head of Retail Banking Products.

Ms. Shalini Warrier is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and stood first at the all India level in 1989. She is also a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers.

Ms. Warrier has over 28 years of banking experience. Prior to joining Federal Bank, she worked with Standard Chartered Bank, a leading multinational Bank. She handled multiple disciplines there, across various geographies that includedIndia, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and United Arab Emirates.

She brings first-handglobal experience in Branch Banking, Process Management, Service Quality and Client Experience, Project Management, Operations, Technology, and Compliance with special emphasis on Client Due Diligence and Anti Money Laundering.

In her current role, she leads the Banks’s initiatives designed to enhance customer experience and operational excellence through automation and digitalization. She is responsible for formulating the Bank's future direction and partner with the Board and the Top Management team to drive strategic initiatives designedto enhance shareholder value, ensuring all the relevant support functions run smoothly and are able to create the right systems to support business growth of the Bank, confirming right support architecture is implemented in the Bank and through which the Bank is able to grow and prosper. She is also responsible for delivering innovative retail products to the existing and prospective customers of the Bank.

She is a well-known banking personality and has represented the Bank at various fintech and technology platforms in India and abroad.

IWN Regional Secretariat

Mr D Thulasiraj, Director, IWN Southern Region

d.thulasiraj@cii.in

044 42444 555

Ms Sudha Sridharan, Executive, IWN Southern Region

sudha.sridharan@cii.in

044-42444 555

About IWN Andhra Pradhesh

IWN Andhra Pradesh has a varied membership base comprising of women from corporates, educational institutions, independent professionals and entrepreneurs.

Under learning & development, sessions had been conducted on communication, resume building, planning and strategising for one’s career, entrepreneurship accelerator, how to Start-Up, Essentials of entrepreneurship, Student Psychology and the Indian Education System etc. for students and faculty. For the corporate and independent professionals and entrepreneurs sessions, and talks have been conducted on aspects such as communication, time management, productivity and negotiation.

Various awareness sessions, talks and webinars, were organised on health and wellbeing such as first aid and basic life support, menstruation, menopause, cancer, PCOD, AUB, nutrition etc.

IWN Andhra Pradesh is focussing on expanding its impact in terms of increasing its reach to new members in the state through member feedback and providing value added services with the mission of seeing more women taking up leadership positions in their professional careers.

Team

Dr S Rajani

Dr S Rajani

Chairwoman, IWN Andhra Pradesh

Principal, GVP College for Degree & PG courses

Dr S Rajani

Chairwoman, IWN Andhra Pradesh

Ms D Prasanthi

Ms D Prasanthi

Vice-Chairwoman, IWN Andhra Pradesh

Executive Manager – Customer Support, Efftronics Systems Pvt Ltd

Ms D Prasanthi

Vice-Chairwoman, IWN Andhra Pradesh

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms B Jyostna, Executive, IWN Andhra Pradesh

bethi.jyostna@cii.in

About IWN Karnataka

Over the years IWN Karnataka has grown significantly to provide unique and innovative services to its members. The IWN Karnataka chapter is championed by a team of women leaders from the industry who propagate the spirit of “Women opening doors for Women “ by providing and developing leadership.

IWN Karnataka focuses on the following tracks to achieve their purpose: Leadership Pillar, Gender Parity - Policy & Advocacy, Health & Well-being, Corporate Membership Engagement, Mentorship and Campus to Career.

In 2019, IWN Karnataka has engaged about 1500 participants through multiple skill building and professional development forums on topics like Emotional Intelligence , Health and Well-being, POSH ,financial acumen etc.

In 2020 the year commenced with the Annual Summit in February with the theme “Each for Equal” which explored diverse perspectives featuring some of the most influential & inspiring leaders from industry, academia, sports, and business arenas.

Team

Ms Shirin Salis

Ms Shirin Salis

Chairwoman, IWN Karnataka

Vice President - Human Resources Trane Technologies, India

Ms Shirin Salis

Chairwoman, IWN Karnataka

Ms Nandini Sarkar

Ms Nandini Sarkar

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Karnataka

Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leader Boeing, India

Ms Nandini Sarkar

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Karnataka

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms Julin B Daniel, IWN Karnataka

julin.daniel@cii.in

080 - 42889595

About IWN Kerala

The focus areas of IWN Kerala for the year towards membership engagement are as follows :

  • Leadership with Focus on Mentorship Initiative
  • Well Being with focus on Emotional Well Being and building resilience
  • Gender Parity with focus on assessment using the Gender Diagnostic Tool
  • POSH, Safety and Security of Women
  • Campus to Career Programme

The membership of IWN Kerala includes corporates, institutions and individuals. IWN members are from varied sectors like IT, Banking, Hospitality, Food Processing, Education, Healthcare, Media, Consulting and many more.

Team

Ms Sivapriya Balagopal

Ms Sivapriya Balagopal

Chairwoman, IWN Kerala

Head- New Product Development, R&D Eastern Condiments Pvt Ltd

Ms Sivapriya Balagopal

Chairwoman, IWN Kerala

Ms Meera Haridas

Ms Meera Haridas

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Kerala

Director, Verkenner Business Associates Pvt Ltd

Ms Meera Haridas

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Kerala

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms Shine Thomas, Executive Officer, IWN Kerala

shine.thomas@cii.in

0484 4012300

About IWN Pondicherry

This year, the focus areas of IWN Puducherry are as follows:

  • Leadership
  • Mentorship
  • Campus to Career
  • POSH & POSCO
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Post COVID Taskforce

Team

Ms Chitra Shah

Ms Chitra Shah

Chairwoman, IWN Puducherry

Director, Satya Special School

Ms Chitra Shah

Chairwoman, IWN Puducherry

Ms Anamika Saraogi

Ms Anamika Saraogi

Vice-Chairwoman, IWN Puducherry

Proprietress, Clay & Glaze

Ms Anamika Saraogi

Vice-Chairwoman, IWN Puducherry

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms A Sowmiya Sri, Associate, IWN Puducherry

a.sowmiyasri@cii.in

0413 2226201

About IWN Tamilnadu

Team

Ms Latha Pandiarajan

Ms Latha Pandiarajan

Chairwoman, IWN Tamil Nadu

Managing Trustee – The Ma Foi Foundation & Co-Founder- Ma Foi Group of Companies

Ms Latha Pandiarajan

Chairwoman, IWN Tamil Nadu

Ms Kumutaavalli Shivkumar

Ms Kumutaavalli Shivkumar

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Tamil Nadu

Joint Managing Director, KM Siddha & Ayurvedha Company (India) Pvt Ltd

Ms Kumutaavalli Shivkumar

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Tamil Nadu

IWN Chennai Zone

Team

Ms Hema Mani

Ms Hema Mani

Convenor, IWN Chennai Zone

Director (Human Resources), Lennox International

Ms Hema Mani

Convenor, IWN Chennai Zone

Ms Savitha Keshav Jagadeesan

Ms Savitha Keshav Jagadeesan

Co-Convenor, IWN Chennai Zone

Senior Partner, Kochhar & Co

Ms Savitha Keshav Jagadeesan

Co-Convenor, IWN Chennai Zone

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms Prashanthi B, Executive Officer, IWN Tamil Nadu

prashanthi.b@cii.in

044 42444555

IWN Erode Zone

Team

Ms Uma Sekar

Ms Uma Sekar

Convenor, IWN Erode Zone

Managing Director, Avaneetha Textiles (P) Ltd

Ms Uma Sekar

Convenor, IWN Erode Zone

Ms Kirthika Shivkumar

Ms Kirthika Shivkumar

Co-Convenor, IWN Erode Zone

Executive Director, The Indian Public School (TIPS)

Ms Kirthika Shivkumar

Co-Convenor, IWN Erode Zone

Secretariat

Contact Details

Mr Ahmed Shariff, Deputy Director

ahmed.shariff@cii.in

0424-2219060

IWN Salem Zone

Team

Dr C V Sujaritha

Dr C V Sujaritha

Convenor, IWN Salem Zone

Centre Head, C Cube Technologies

Dr C V Sujaritha

Convenor, IWN Salem Zone

Mrs Swathi

Mrs Swathi

Co-Convenor, IWN Salem Zone

Director, Millennium Interiors

Mrs Swathi

Co-Convenor, IWN Salem Zone

About IWN Telangana

The IWN Telangana 2020 vision is covered under 6 focus areas as below:

  • Mentoring
  • Policy & Advocacy
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Setting up a helpline for working women
  • Creating reference documents for corporate policies for women-at-the-workplace

Team

Ms Swathi Kantamani

Ms Swathi Kantamani

Chairwoman, IWN Telangana

Managing Trustee, NATCO Trust

Ms Swathi Kantamani

Chairwoman, IWN Telangana

Ms Purnima Kamble

Ms Purnima Kamble

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Telangana

Partner, Fox Mandal & Associates

Ms Purnima Kamble

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Telangana

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms Tapati Dutta Deb, Executive Officer, IWN Telangana

tapati.d@cii.in

040 - 2776 5964 / 66 / 67