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Talking Tour

About Mumbai Talking Tour

L N Wellingkar Institute of Management Development and Research witnessed a hall packed with 600 women on 26th March, Mumbai was home to the first Talking Tour seminar, an initiative taken by

The panelist focused on issues like what friendly policies should be introduced by the companies to help women balance their homes and careers, the seminar was moderated by editorial curator Bachi Karkaria. The power-packed panel of Swati Piramal, Lalita Iyer, Chanda Kocchar and Prasenjit Bhattacharya discussed some pertinent issues faced by women professionals and elaborated on the need to change mindsets.

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About Pune Talking Tour

A panel of five extraordinary women on 3rd April, at Sri Balaji Society, Pune, set rest to all doubts over the frequently debated issue over mid-career break for women.

Aiming to bring back women on break through workshops and seminars, is the main objective behind Talking Tour, says editorial curator, Bachi Karkaria. Constantly updating yourself during the break is a mandate advised, Lila Poonawalla, which eventually helps once women get back to work. Lalita Iyer added that a mid-career break may unearth a hidden talent in a woman and in that sense nothing really is a break. CEO, Global Talent Track, Uma Ganesh mentioned that research has found women to be better equipped to deal with conflicts, thus helping women to get better opportunities, whereas, Rajani Gupte, Vice chancellor, Symbiosis University, emphasized on networking for women as crucial.

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About Ahmedabad Talking Tour

The power packed panel of five, inspired and guided women going through their professional break, at the Ahmedabad Management Association, on 9th April.

Panelists recounted their personal journeys and battles they had fought as professionals, Neelam Kanwar, Head Corporate Communication, Cadila Pharmaceuticals, mentioned how a woman should continuously enhance her skills and Malay Mahadevia - Director, Adani Port & SEZ Ltd. said it best when he said, "Women are great multi-taskers".

Mallika Sarabhai, Activist, Indian Classical Dancer, emphasized how guilt can drain women down and Asha Kaul - Pofessor, Communication IIM-Ahmedabad mentioned how women can explore options in the field of further studies. The entire seminar was moderated by none other than editorial curator, Bachi Karkaria.

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About Delhi Talking Tour

12th April, Stein Auditorium, New Delhi, witnessed a panelist of five women who spoke about their comeback to work after taking a sabbatical. Chandana Ghosh, HR Head FMCG Dept, ITC and Madhu Sirohi Head, Vodafone Foundation stressed on the importance of expectation calibration.

The Auditorium filled with an enthusiastic crowd along with the panelists, discussed how women professionals in their 20's and 30's have to choose between career and family. The seminar panelists, Naina Lal Kidwai - Country Head, CEO, HSBC, Sairee Chahal - Founder CEO, Applied Life Pvt Ltd India, Fleximoms and Neha Shenoy - Diversity and University Relations Leader, GE, India left the crowd spellbound under Advisor and Editorial Curator, Bachi Karkaria.

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About Kolkata Talking Tour

Kolkata's Institute of Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Development (iLEAD), hosted the 5th Talking Tour lecture, which is to be held in eight cities, on 16th April 2014.

The panelists agreed that the absence of day care centers is a hindrance for many women to return to work. They also suggested that women on break should never get disconnected from work.

The seminar moderated by Editorial Curator, Bachi Karkaria had an amazing panelists and each one of them shared their mantra for success. For Sujata Guin - Corporate Director, HR ,Park Hotels it is commitment, for Madhu Neotia, Director, Ambuja Neotia it is sincerity, Malavika Banerjee -Director, Game Plan Sports Pvt. Ltd. her mantra is to free oneself from the fear of failure and for VC Aggarwal -President HR, it is self-confidence.

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About Chennai Talking Tour

The panel of four fantastic women rocked the Central lecture Theatre, IIT Madras on 23rd April at the Talking Tour seminar.

Along with Editorial Curator, Bachi Karkaria the panel consisted of women leaders like Srimathi Shivashankar AVP, HCL , Padmini Sharathkumar Ex. VP & Global Head, Polaris Financial Technology and Dr. Saundarya Rajesh Founder President, AVTAR Career Creators & FLEXI Careers India.

The expert panel discussed issues faced by women professionals and the contribution they make at workplace. The panelist also discussed the need to build a more gender sensitive eco-system at the work place for women.

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About Banglore Talking Tour

The Garden City of India served as the platform for the Talking Tour seminar on 25th April, at IFIM Business School. Each panel member present shared some pearls of wisdom with the enthusiastic women present there.

Sudha Murthy - Chairperson, Infosys Foundation said "Think of what you can do". The panelists were successful women who managed to run a family and confessed it is not easy. Vinita Bali, MD, Britannia Industries Ltd. Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst Consulting and Dr. Kshira Muthanna, Technology & Quality Leader at GE Transportation Engineering India advised women to be flexible and adaptable while getting back to office.

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About Hyderabad Talking Tour

Talking Tour successfully completed its last stop in Hyderabad on 21st May 2014. Held in one of India's reputed B-School, ISB Hyderabad, the session witnessed fresh inputs from the 5 eminent panelists.

Family is serious business, and business becomes serious family – when one spends decades on it, said Suchitra Ella, Joint MD, Bharat Biotech. Resonating on similar wave lengths were Sudha Krishnan, Co--Founder & COO, Ace Experiences Asia Private Limited, Ananda Shankar Jayant, Leading classical dancer & choreographer, Amita Kasbekar, US India Lead for Inclusion, Deloitte and Xavier Augustin, Founder & CEO of Y--AXIS Overseas Careers.

Multiple schools of thought and varied life experiences enriched the discussion, but the one unifying thought was `women have the capability to manage two full time jobs – family and professional – and both need similar management principles and effort`.

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