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IWN Organogram

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IWN Leadership

This month marks an important milestone for us at the Western Region Chapter of the Indian Women’s Network. As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, we complete two years of a wonderful journey. In 2014 we came together to lay out the agenda for what we could do to help women in the work place. The answer was a lot! But it was important to identify key focus areas and look at tangible results that we could achieve. Given our goal, we decided to focus on three very critical challenges.

The first is the fact that the biggest challenge in India is not that there aren’t enough women at the ’Top’ across companies. The real problem is that women stand a very small chance of getting there! Nearly 50% of women fall off the work force between the junior to middle management levels across the board and the reasons are manifold. To address this ‘Leaky Pipeline’ we at IWN decided to use our platform to create a first of its kind mentoring network for students and young professionals where senior corporate members from IWN spent time with students explaining the importance of career planning and a the need to make the right choices. We are happy to say that over the course of the last 2 years our ‘100 hours of change’ program has touched over 15,000 young women across the Western Region.

The second challenge we face as women is the fact that we often don’t focus enough on ourselves. Balancing work life and home leaves very little room for anything else. To help women and enable them to take the right decisions we have used technology to create different modules of webinars covering financial planning and health issues. The programs have been led by different chapters of the IWN Western Region and it has been a wonderful success

Our third focus area has been creating a platform for women to gain confidence & develop themselves as leaders. For this we have tied with global consulting firm KPMG to develop a series of sessions to help women get Board ready. We have also conducted a series of leadership focused webinars and discussions to put the spotlight on the challenges women face & insights women leaders can share.

At a personal level I must say that I have learnt a lot from IWNs journey so far. The network has allowed me to meet and learn from some amazing and inspirational women. It has also made me believe that we can do wonders when we come together!

It is said that a journey of a 100 miles starts with a single step and while we have taken more than a few - we look forward to the rest. After all India is changing and women are increasingly driving this change!
– Ms Mini Menon, Immediate Past Chairwoman, IWN Western Region & Executive Editor, Bloomberg TV


Regional Chairwoman

Mrs Kashmira Mewawala, Chairperson,
CII IWN Western Region & Head - Business Development and Chief Ethics Counselor, Tata Capital Financial Services Limited

Mrs. Kashmira Mewawala has rich experience of 30 years in the Financial Services industry as a part of the TATA Group. Currently she is Head - Business Development & Chief Ethics Counselor with TATA Capital Financial Services.

As a part of the Senior Leadership at TATA Capital she is also a member of the Operations Committee, the Chief Grievance Redressal Officer, member of the TATA Capital CSR Committee, member of the TATA Capital Fraud Risk Management Committee, part of the TATA Capital Diversity Council and past Chairman of the TATA Capital Committee for Prevention of Sexual Harassment.

Kashmira commenced her career in 1985 as a Management Trainee with Tata Share Registry Limited (currently known as TSR Darashaw Limited), which services the large shareholder base of the Tata Group Companies and others, including multinationals. There, she pioneered and perfected operational processes relating to customer delivery functions, to the benefit of millions of investors. She was a part of the Leadership team and one of the key organizational drivers in introducing a “quality culture” and in obtaining an ISO 9000 certification as early as 1995-96. She was also on the company’s apex Administrative Committee, responsible for policy formulation and overall functioning.

At industry level, Kashmira was actively associated over the years, with several path-breaking changes in the Indian Securities Market. She was a member of the Committee for the Depository System constituted by the securities market regulator - SEBI, a member of the Operations Advisory Committee of Central Depository Services (India) Limited and a member of the Group constituted by the Reserve Bank of India to initially drive the implementation and use of the Electronic Clearing system for corporate benefit payouts. She was an active member of the Registrars Association of India (RAIN) representing her company, in India and overseas.

In 2007, Kashmira joined TATA Capital, as a part of the founding team. She set up and headed the Wealth Management business before moving on to head the Business Development Group.

Kashmira has represented TATA Capital at international events and has established associations with several government-promoted, international trade bodies from countries like Canada, UK, Australia, South East Asia, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, Sri Lanka etc.

Other positions :

  • Chairperson of CII’s “Indian Women Network”, Western Region.
  • Elected to the Western Region Council of CII (Confederation of Indian industry).
  • Director on the Board of the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC - Maharashtra Regional Council).
  • Managing Committee member of the TATA Sports Club.
  • Appointed to the “GlobalScots Network”, by the Scottish Government.
  • Independent Director.

In February 2015 Kashmira received the “Women Leadership Achievement Award” from the World Women Leadership Congress & Awards (India).

IWN Regional Secretariat

Ms Sneha Sohaani, Head, CII Indian Women Network – Western Region

sneha.sohaani@cii.in

022 2493 1790 - Ext. 412 / 2494 5831(D)

About IWN Madhya Pradesh

CII launched a special initiative for women, Indian Women Network (IWN), in Madhya Pradesh at Bhopal on Saturday, 7th June 2014. Founder Chairperson was Ms Bhavana Banerjee, Director – Human resources, Training and Placements, VNS Group of Institutions. It is a network of women, for women & by women. Women are the flag bearer of our society. They have risen up from kitchens to take the office of multi nationals and are decision makers. IWN has given a platform for all women to drive their ambitions and motivate them to achieve their dreams. It is a network of women, for women & by women. The idea behind IWN is to create a network of women across the spectrum including working women, entrepreneurs, students and second career women and help them achieve their fullest potential.

The theme for the Network 'I Am The Change' is entwined on three pillars of Engage - to support women throughout their careers by providing opportunities to hone leadership skills through coaching, mentoring and training activities etc. Empower - to support women by providing guidance regarding health, financial, second career opportunities, security aspects etc. Enable - to provide opportunities for women professionals/ students to grow personally and professionally through entrepreneurship opportunities, active involvement in community services, etc.

This year IWN Madhya Pradesh is led by Ms Dipa Prakash, Chair – IWN MP and Director – Omega Renk Bearings Pvt Ltd and Ms Ravisha Merchant, Co-Chair IWN MP and Proprieter – Trivera Designs.

We have done several activities at various locations of Madhya Pradesh with support of our members. An ambitious program of ‘100 Hours of Change’ has got overwhelming response. 100HOC is an ambitious project of WR where the Network has linked women who have had the access to education and financial independence with those who are just venturing out and want to contribute. The idea was to help create real role models who could bring about positive change where it is required most. Senior and mid-level women (IWN mentors) gave 1 hour of time every month to mentor others be it students, working women or those who wanted to come back into the work place. IWN mentors acted as ambassadors and helped women take informed decisions.

Our workshops on Entrepreneurship, Soft Skills and personality development of students and employees of CII member organizations have got recognition in the state. Also, we have been doing Awareness for life programs on continuous health education with DRFHE since we have launched the chapter. We have been doing Finishing schools also to make students industry ready.

Membership engagement is carried out through retreats, sharing of best practices, wishing each other on birthdays, Watsapp group is also created to make communication faster.

Team

Ms Ravisha Merchant

Ms Ravisha Merchant

Chairwoman

Proprietor, Trivera Designs

Ms Ravisha Merchant

Chairwoman

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms Ritu Tiwari, Executive Officer, IWN Madhya Pradesh

ritu.tiwari@cii.in

0755 2425752/3

About IWN Indore

IWN Indore Chapter had launched under IWN Madhya Pradesh.

Team

Ms Nupur Singh

Ms Nupur Singh

Convenor

Founder & Director – Reinvent-On HR Consultancy and Training

Ms Nupur Singh

Convenor

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms Ritu Tiwari, Executive Officer, IWN Indore Chapter

ritu.tiwari@cii.in

0755 2425752/3

About IWN GOA

CII IWN- Goa Chapter Launched a special initiative for Women in the corporate and business arena, under the leadership of Ms. Pallavi Srinivas Dempo, Chairperson, IWN Goa Chapter and Executive Director, Dempo Industries Pvt Ltd, on 27 August 2017 in Panaji-Goa. The idea behind the initiative is to create a network of women across the spectrum and help them achieve their fullest potential. Adopting a theme ‘I am the change’, central to the IWN is the idea of Women being facilitator of change in creating an environment conductive for broad participation and advancement of women in communities that they operate in. The Goa Chapter is elevated by the new Chairperson Ms. Pallavi Srinivas Dempo, Chairperson, IWN Goa Chapter and Executive Director, Dempo Industries Pvt Ltd who took over the Chapter this year.

Team

Ms Pallavi Shrinivas Dempo

Ms Pallavi Shrinivas Dempo

Chairwoman CII IWN

Goa Chapter, Executive Director & Dempo Industries Pvt Ltd

Ms Pallavi Shrinivas Dempo

Chairwoman CII IWN

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms Divya Varma, Associate, IWN Goa

iwn.goa@cii.in

0832 2422790

About IWN Gujarat

IWN Gujarat Chapter was launched in June 2014, spreading its wings among career women,enterpreneurs in the growing state of Gujarat. We have a varied member base consisting majorly of working professionals from various corporate and few independent professionals and entrepreneurs.

IWN in the state focus to engage the members through its 3 major task forces namely Learning & Development, Health & Wellbeing and Policy & Advocacy. Under the learning & development, some good sessions and workshops were conducted for the various corporate like Tata Motors, QX KPO, KHS Machinery & institutions like Altus Learning, PDPU etc. for working professionals and students.

Health & Wellbeing of IWN is very important as every woman must be aware of health issues that may have an effect her well-being. Various awareness sessions, talks and webinars, are organized to elaborate the understanding of basic women’s health issues like first aid and basic life support, Menstruation, Menopause, Cancer, PCOD, AUB, Work like harmony, Nutrition and the likes.

IWN Gujarat is focusing on expanding its impact in terms of increasing its reach to new members in the state. By way of understanding member feedback and need we aim to provide value added services with the mission and vision of seeing more and more women taking up leadership positions in their professional careers.

Team

Ms Jyoti Sudhir

Ms Jyoti Sudhir

Chairwoman

Director InventIndia Innovations

Ms Jyoti Sudhir

Chairwoman

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms Sudeshna Chakraborty, Executive Officer, IWN Gujarat Chapter

sudeshna.chakraborty@cii.in

9879743362

About IWN Maharashtra

CII Western Region launched a one-of-a-kind Women Forum giving the stage directly to women! This forum is a special initiative for women in the corporate and business arena across the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Goa and zones like Pune and Aurangabad coined as Indian Women Network (IWN). Like the phrase goes, it is a network of women, for women and by women.

Indian Women Network – Western Region was launched on 7 March 2014, Mumbai. Through IWN, we hope to provide a platform to discuss issues, opportunities at their work places and learn from each other’s experiences. This network is also extended to students of final year graduation, post-graduation and PhD, to guide and provide them with an opportunity to be mentored by experienced professionals.

The theme of the Network is ‘I Am The Change’ which is entwined on three pillars of :

Engage – to support women throughout their careers by providing opportunities through skill enhancement trainings, coaching, mentoring, etc.

Empower – to support women by providing guidance regarding health, financial, second career opportunities, security aspects etc.

Enable – to provide opportunities for women professionals/ students to grow personally and professionally through entrepreneurship opportunities, active involvement in community services, etc.

Key Interventions :

IWN WR actively engages with members through webinars, workshops, seminars and in house sessions on Financial Planning, Legal, self-defense, POSH Session, health and well being and building skills and many more topics.

Nearly 50% of women fall off the work force between the junior to middle management levels across the board and the reasons are manifold. To address this ‘Leaky Pipeline’ CII WR IWN unveiled an ambitious program ‘100 Hours of Change’ – as an attempt to create the biggest pool of women mentors who can help students and other women rise to their full potential in their careers.

“100 Hours of Change” the flagship initiative of IWN WR aims to create a platform which offers first of its kind mentoring network for students and young professionals where senior corporate members from IWN spent time with students explaining the importance of career planning and the need to make the right choices. The idea is to help create real role models who can bring about positive change where it is required most. Senior and mid-level women (IWN mentors) will give 1 hour of time every month to mentor - be it students, working women or those who want to come back into the work place. Under this program, the mentors will address senior students, junior level women employees and women who want to come back into the workplace.

Team

Ms Kalpana Unadkat

Ms Kalpana Unadkat

Chairperson, CII IWN Maharashtra Chapter

Partner Khaitan & Co

Ms Kalpana Unadkat

Chairperson, CII IWN Maharashtra Chapter

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms Sneha Sohaani, Executive Officer, IWN Maharashtra

sneha.sohaani@cii.in

022 2493 1790 - Ext. 412 / 2494 5831(D)

About IWN Pune

IWN Pune Chapter was launched on 20th June 2014.

Team

Ms Rupal Sancheti

Ms Rupal Sancheti

Convenor, CII IWN Pune Zonal Chapter

Head- Marketing & HR KSH Distriparks Pvt Ltd

Ms Rupal Sancheti

Convenor, CII IWN Pune Zonal Chapter

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms Sonam Singh, Executive, IWN Pune

sonam.singh@cii.in

020 66075800/01 (B) / 66075812(D)

About IWN Aurangabad

IWN Aurangabad Chapter was launched on 16th September 2016.

Team

Ms Smita Bhartiya

Ms Smita Bhartiya

Convenor, CII IWN Aurangabad

Finance Controller Endress + Hauser Flowtec India Pvt. Ltd

Ms Smita Bhartiya

Convenor, CII IWN Aurangabad

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms Sneha Sohaani, Executive Officer, IWN Aurangabad

sneha.sohaani@cii.in

022 2493 1790 - Ext. 412 / 2494 5831(D)

About IWN Kolhapur

IWN Kolhapur Chapter was launched on 19th November 2017.

Team

Dr Vishakha Apte

Dr Vishakha Apte

Convenor

Director Kolhapur Institute of Technology's, Management Education & Research

Dr Vishakha Apte

Convenor

Ms Pallavi Ashish Korgaonkar

Ms Pallavi Ashish Korgaonkar

Co Convenor

CEO, Korgaokar Group

Ms Pallavi Ashish Korgaonkar

Co Convenor

Secretariat

Contact Details

Ms Sneha Sohaani, Executive Officer, IWN Aurangabad

sneha.sohaani@cii.in

022 2493 1790 - Ext. 412 / 2494 5831(D)