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We as women, must also be our own glass ceilings: Naina Lal Kidwai at ET GBS

Ladies at the top talk women in the business at ET GBS: We should be proud to be called ambitious.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Feb 24, 2018, 03.07 PM IST
We as women, must also be our own glass ceilings: Naina Lal Kidwai at ET GBS
NEW DELHI: Thriving in the era of emotional intelligence and multitasking masterminds. An esteemed panel of women got together to discuss how business leaders who are women can leverage the value-chain to inspire success in next-gen businesswomen.

Moderated by Sharmila Karve, Global Diversity Head, PWC, the panel included Naina Lal Kidwai, senior adviser at Advent International Corporation, ex CEO HSBC, Apurva Purohit, president, Jagran Group, Sairee Chahal – founder CEO, Sheroes, Devita Saraid f, CEO, Vu Technologies, Tara Singh Vachani, director, Max India, Radha Kapoor Khanna, co-founder, DICE District in Mumbai, Ekta Kapoor, joint managing director and creative director of Balaji Telefilms.

The panel also had Dina Mukherjee, CMO, Carnival Cinemas and director and CEO, MoviECard, Priti Rathi Gupta, Managing Director & Promoter at the Anand Rathi Group, Sindoor Mittal, vice chairperson, AVAADA, Abanti Sankaranarayanan head, strategy and Corporate Affairs, Diageo India (United Spirits Ltd).

Kidwai touched up on how women are embarrassed to be called ambitious. We should be proud to be called ambitious. We as women, must also be our own glass ceilings."

Kapoor said her household set up has encouraged her to look at the business. "We live in a most unconventional set up, my brother is a single father, my father comes home early and sometimes he looks at the house and I look after the business," she said.

Devita Saraf, said she has been called everything from "Daddy's Girl," and "Dresses like a Socialite" by the media. Often she has been asked why she needs to work, the assumption being she comes from a rich family. "Has my journey been easy? No. But if you ask me if it's been fun? I would say yes."

Chahal added that women are severely under capitalised in the industry.

Khanna who has founded The Three Sisters Institutional Office, looking at future of careers and working spaces. "Women need a lot of investments from VCs and funds and building more ecosystems to empower more women." Purohit touched upon how bringing up both our sons and daughters is what will change society.

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