Global Symposium 2009
June 2, 2009 - June 4, 2009
12:00pm - 7:00pm
In June 2009, join leading executives from major multinational and local organizations as they engage in dialogue, explore innovative strategies and exchange best practices for leveraging diversity for business success at Diversity Best Practice's Global Symposium in Bangalore, India.
The DBP Global Symposium on June 2, 2009, will provide an opportunity to learn about opportunities for and challenges to successful business advancement and growth in India through thought-provoking keynote speakers, interactive panel discussions and networking opportunities through the day. Participation in the Global Symposium will allow you to:
- Provide a unique professional development and networking opportunity for your staff in the region;
- Learn about critical legal, economic and cultural challenges from top business leaders and government officials;
- Explore successful strategies for advancing global diversity goals and objectives; and
- Demonstrate to your employees, business partners, customers and the community your organization's position as a global diversity leader
DBP Global Symposium participants are also invited to participate in the Working Mother Media Global Advancement of Women Conference and I-NAFE Forum.
With the growth of global market share comes an increased responsibility to enhance public commitment and private investment in corporate diversity strategies and programs. The world's two largest democracies, India and the United States, are also the world's most diverse societies. The demographics and structures of their diversity – and their legal frameworks – differ substantially. Consequently, the diversity challenges and priorities of business in India and the United States differ in many ways.
DBP’s 2009 Global Symposium offers a powerful deep dive into the best practices of India particularly pertaining to the status of cast, the generation gap, women, racial consideration, legal issues, business etiquette and strategy. Over this two day event, participants will learn from experts who have gained first hand experience in this country and be able to apply valuable lessons learned to your D&I initiatives. Cutting edge discussions, roundtables and keynotes analyze marketplace, talent and culture through the diversity lens. Maximize profitability and achieve your global diversity goals by increasing your global diversity know-how.
Please note: As a global member you are entitled to join the global symposium and to invite your in country colleagues to participate. Each member company is allocated up to two (2) slots.
| Tuesday, June 2, 2009 |
DBP Global Symposium Day – Cisco Headquarters, Bangalore
|8:00 - 8:45 am|
Breakfast, Welcome and Overview of the Day
|8:45 - 8:55 am|
Welcome: Carol Evans, President- Diversity Best Practices
|8:55 - 9:15 am|
By CISCO Systems
Diversity and Inclusion initiatives are moving more and more to the forefront within companies hiring processes. What are the common areas of focus companies are prioritizing? What challenges pose opportunities? How will key labor policies influence the workforce and further diversity as a whole?
|9:15 - 10:05 am|
A Blueprint for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: The Shell Example
"Think global act local" has proven for many diversity and inclusion practitioners as an effective model in building sustainable programs. This approach allows global companies to create initiatives tailored specifically to countries and even regions. Hear from Shell and learn how a general blueprint establishes a framework under which the company functions, yet it allows for customization in areas such as generational issues, recruitment, retention, gender, sexual orientation, material status etc.
Lim Shoon Yin, Senior Consultant, Global Diversity & Inclusion Practice, Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd
Dana-Leigh Strauss, Senior Consultant, Global Diversity & Inclusion Practice, Shell International Archana Bhaskar, Human Resource Director, Shell Technology India Private Limited
|10:05 - 10:55|
Diversity and Caste: A 360 Degree Discussion
Prof. S. Japhet, Professor of Sociology and Head of the Center for the Study of Social Exclusion, formerly known as Center for Casteism, Communalism and Law at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore Nandan Nilekani, Executive Chairman, INFOSYS Beneficiary of Infosys and Institute for Information Technology's Advancement Program
In India, the main diversity categories are gender, religion, birthplace and, for Hindus, caste. The approach toward correcting caste-based employment discrimination has been to require quantitatively fixed reservations (quotas) in public sector jobs, state-financed colleges and legislatures. The pros and cons of this approach are passionately debated in ways reminiscent of public controversies in the early days of civil rights and affirmative action legislation in the United States. Discourse about diversity distinguishes between social groups that are underrepresented in the society's institutions of wealth, power and privilege, and are therefore "protected classes," and those that have had greater access to opportunities and professional advancement.
|10:55 - 11:10 am||Break|
|11:10 - 11:40 am|
Sangeeta Singh, Executive Director of Human Resources, KPMG India
India has the world's second largest labor force, with 516.3 million people. Large numbers of young workers are entering the professional workforce at a time of rapid economic expansion that provides increased opportunity for the well-qualified and well-connected. The traditional model shows that hierarchy, age, race and culture are often determining factors of who holds leadership positions. How do organizations overcome challenges related to these aspects?
Access to professional education, socialization, entry and career advancement is still disproportionately concentrated among social groups that have traditionally dominated the professional fields. Despite its many strengths, the educational system doesn't provide sufficiently-trained talent for the job market, particularly the IT sector that is the new economy's engine of growth. This puts special pressures on employers in India to find, compete for, hold and cultivate the skilled employees they need. The tools organizations use for older workers may not appeal to the younger workers. Discover how to implement a strategic approach to recruiting the best upcoming multicultural talent in your industry and keep top talent at your organization.
|11:40 am - 12:20 pm|
Ravi Krishan, Chief Financial Officer, Goldman Sachs India
How can companies clearly define, outline and customize metrics to ensure they are not only in-line with local requirements, but are also results- and process-oriented to benefit the business bottom line? Given the current economic conditions what programs have proven to be sustainable? Has the diverse workforce been more affected than the non diverse workforce?
|12:30 - 1:30 pm||Lunch|
|1:30 - 2:00 pm|
Wrap up of morning portion and chart out next steps
|2:00 - 3:15 pm|
Global Think Tank Session - Roundtable Discussions
Organized around five provocative questions, this session will provide the opportunity for participants to engage in innovative discussions with fellow global diversity practitioners from a variety of industries. Share pressing issues and challenges and gain insight into alternative thinking, innovative ideas and fresh approaches. What are our most urgent global diversity and inclusion issues? Where do we fall short? What’s being done to shrink the gaps and take steps forward? Collectively, how can we make use of shared trials and experiences to push for continued progress and success on the global stage?
By: Deepak Jolly, Vice-President, The Coca-Cola Company Gurgaon, Delhi
What innovative strategies can companies use to sustain diversity and inclusion momentum amidst the current economic downturn? Furthermore, how severely has the global economic downturn influenced diversity and inclusion initiatives in India?
Talent and Leadership
By: R. Ganesh, Oracle Financial Services (OFSS)
How do we understand global talent, leverage different styles of leadership, and make better decisions about recruitment, retention and advancement? What are the challenges of global talent mobility?
Global Strategies and Cultural Competence
How are companies connecting U.S.-based strategies to global diversity & inclusion, and what messages and tactics are they employing in different regions? How are companies becoming culturally competent in cultures other than their own? How do you prepare your workforce for global competition?
Social and Corporate Responsibility
By: Bharti Foundation
How should companies best approach and address subjects that have been particularly touchy in India but that take on increased relevance on the global stage? How can we continue progress in developing global competencies, take on challenges in the world where human rights are compromised, and partner with firms worldwide to create strong allies and relations across industries, economies and borders?
|3:15 - 3:30 pm||Break|
|3:30 - 4:15 pm||Report Back on roundtable sessions|
|4:15 - 4:30 pm||Closing|
|6:30 - 9:00 pm||Leadership Dinner - By invitation only|
| Wednesday, June 3, 2009 |
The Advancement of Women Day – Cisco Headquarters, Bangalore
|8:00 - 9:00 am||Registration and Breakfast|
|8:00 - 9:00 am|
Carol Evans, President- Working Mother Media
|9:25 - 10:00 am|
Keynote - Resilient Leadership: How Talented Women Thrive
|10:00 - 10:15 am||Break|
|10:15 - 10:45 am|
Instant Polling - Barriers to Advancement: Opportunities to Succeed
Each town hall polls participants to learn more about their experiences and ambitions - and the impact of barriers to advancement on them. This dynamic session takes the audience's "pulse" and learns what it is women want in the workplace, and what barriers still exist for them at home and at work. Results will provide learning for the rest of the day's discussions and give companies great insights to removing barriers to support opportunities for the recruitment, retention and promotion of women.
|10:45 - 11:30 am|
Leadership Solutions Conversations
Attendees will break into small groups and zero in on questions around hot topics impacting women in leadership.
|11:30 am - 12:30 pm|
Executive Panel - Women Leaders as Change Agents in a New Global Economy
Panel of corporate executives share strategies for success including examples and suggestions for overcoming barriers, how they created new boundaries, produced change, innovated and recreated themselves and challenged stereotypes, influenced public policy to benefit working women and more!
Ms. Priya Chetty-Rajagopal, Vice President - Stanton Chase International
Ms. Madhu Bindiganavalae Manjunath, Sr. Manager-Software Quality Engineering
|12:30 - 1:30 pm||Networking Luncheon|
|1:30 - 2:45 pm|
Workshop 1: Mapping Your Leadership Qualities
Professor Indira J. Parikh, Founder and President
In this workshop, we will examine the "role" of leadership and championing change. We will seek to understand and identify key external and internal drivers that impact organizational change, especially in the context of new initiatives and increasing competition in the marketplace.
|2:45 - 3:45 pm|
WorkLife Balance Case Studies - How Companies in India Champion Success for Women in the Workforce
Join WorkLife Balance expert Carol Evans, Author of This is How We Do It: A Working Mother's Manifesto, as she meets with corporate worklife professionals in India to examine critical issues faced by workers and the best practices being employed to address them.
Ms. Carol Evans, President
Ms. Shrimati Shree, Principal Diversity Officer
|3:45 - 4:30 pm||Open Mike|
|4:30 - 5:00 pm||Closing Remarks|
|5:00 pm||Reception (Optional)|
| Thursday, June 4, 2009 |
|8:00 am - 3:00 pm|
Agenda subject to change. Last updated 4/23/09
Attendance to Diversity Best Practices Global Country Symposium is only available to Diversity Best Practices Global Members. Please note that your registration includes attendance at Working Mother Media’s India Global Advancement of Women Conference (June 3, 2009). No registration fees apply.
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