Quick Contact

Search For

Working Mother and Avtar Best of Best Conference 2021

  • 18 Nov 2021 - 19 Nov 2021
  • 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Virtual

Avtar, the pioneers of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in India and Working Mother, the celebrated gender-parity champion in the United States, are proud to bring you the fifth successive edition of The Best Practices of the 100 Best Conference (BOB). The conference will provide insights on how organizations can nurture Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to intentionally design culture, increase employee engagement and enhance organizational performance. The Conference will also celebrate the winners of the Working Mother and Avtar Best Companies for Women in India, Most Inclusive Companies, Male Allies, and the top CSR initiatives focused on Women’s economic empowerment and education.

Through a series of curated sessions, the conference shall bring forth conversations on how organizations can pursue #IncludeFearlessly to harness the power of diversity and prioritize inclusion without the fear of unproductivity, biases and loss of work-life harmony.

Highlights of the conference

-Celebrate 6 years of India’s largest Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Analytics study

-2-day virtual conference

-Best practices sharing from the Top 10 and 100 Best Companies for Women and Most Inclusive Companies in India

-BOB Exclusives, Experiential workshops, Panel Discussion with industry leaders, innovative learning sessions

-Opportunities to listen to speakers and SME’s from across the globe

-Virtual stall which will enable sponsors to interact and have one-on-one conversations with the participants

Fearless Inclusion on

Many global studies are reporting that the top emotion on the minds of people in the aftermath of the pandemic is FEAR. “Fear” as an emotion has evolved in the last two years from being an unpleasant feeling that is often triggered by a perceptive danger to an energy, which when channelized can conquer the indomitable.

Fearlessness, on the other hand, can make us march ahead, trouncing setbacks. While the pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works, it has also made the resilient human mind come up with solutions.

Last year, we saw organizations making public commitments on upping their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) game. In 2021, leaders are increasingly having courageous conversations even as they candidly exhibit their intentionality to foster Inclusion and Belongingness by creating safe workplaces. The pivot, however, is a fearless leader focused on creating a truly inclusive workplace.

In our continuous endeavour to create workplaces that are committed to Inclusion, to build Equity and to advocate a culture that fosters belongingness, we are looking to build on the momentum by centring our annual conference, BoB 2021 around the theme – #IncludeFearlessly

The two-day virtual conference will touch upon the following:

-Psychological Safety in the workplace – be it physical, virtual or hybrid

-Inclusion of Persons with Disability in larger numbers, without fear of lack of infrastructure because of the benefits of virtual working

-Inclusion of members of LGBTQ across industries & verticals, without the fear of biases

-Women working fearlessly, focusing on their goals, without fear of losing work-life harmony

-The fearless inclusive leader who can enable candor among employees, which is crucial to creating a culture of belongingness.

-Policies and practices that organizations can adopt in order to prioritize true belonging and act fearlessly in order to create an inclusive culture and bring in long-lasting systemic change that is crisis proof.

-The skills, tools and support system that will enable organizations to create and sustain DEI in a post pandemic world

Our speakers will offer their insights on how to be “fearless” in business & life and as participants you will be able to harness the transformative capacity to build equitable workspaces!


2pm to 2.05pm

Lighting the lamp or dance

2:05pm to 2.15pm

Welcome address:

Dr. Saundarya Rajesh, Founder – President, Avtar Group

2:15pm to 2.30pm

Opening Keynote: CEO Panel: Making bold DEI Commitments: Leading from the front;

Katrina Troughton, Managing Director for IBM Australia/New Zealand

2:35pm to 3:35pm

CEO Panel: Driving DEI with a Courageous Intent: What leaders must do!

A vision, a purpose is what drives organizations to cultural peaks that they are yet to conquer. And when it is about one of the most experiential talent management dimension – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, it ought to be courageous, it ought to invoke determination and
commitment. How do we get every organizational stakeholder – the employee, the consumer, the supplier align with the big picture?

This panel of illustrious leaders will deliberate on the role that leadership can play in driving a powerful DEI vision, that can paint the future more

The session will unveil how leaders can usher in behavioural and attitudinal change in the teams they steer, to create passion for building something new and the determination to sustain.

3:35pm to 3 :45pm

Networking Break

3:45pm to 4:30pm

BOB EXCLUSIVES – Case Study: Innovative Best Practices towards Inclusion (Three Parallel Sessions)

The Leaders from the 2021 Best Companies for Women and Most Inclusive Companies, will share impactful stories from their journey of D&I in their organisations in the Innovative Best Practices Session covering Generation, PwD, LGBTQ+

4:35pm to 5:35pm

Breakout Session-
From Inside Out

This session will focus on utilizing data,
analytics and AI to address issues and
achieve desired goals related to Diversity,
Equity & Inclusion.


Breakout Session
Generational remixing in India Inc.: Making
soulful music!

Generational diversity is a ubiquitous reality of
all workplaces. As we recover from the
disruptions of last year, it is important that
organizations steer clear of generational conflict in a hybrid work environment. This session will see organizational leaders sharing their stories
of bold commitment to generational inclusion.


Breakout Session
DEI: A Global Kaleidoscope

Multicultural inclusion is a key priority for organizations today as they manage a geographically distributed workforce.

With hybrid and remote models of work opening up possibilities of innovative designs of a multicultural workforce, companies are ensuring that a multiculturally inclusive and sensitive work environment is maintained; one
in which each employee can be fearlessly
authentic. This segment will have organizations share their experiences around cross cultural integration.


5:35pm to 5:45 pm

Networking Break

5:45pm to 6:00 pm

Awards Presentation Ceremony: Male Ally Legacy and Excellence in CSR

The winners and the choice of jury for the Male Ally Legacy Award and Puthri Award for Excellence in CSR categories will be recognised and awarded for their exemplary contributions towards increasing Women’s Workforce participation.

6:00pm to 6:10 pm

Awards: Most Inclusive Companies Index

Ms. Subha Barry, President, Working Mother Media

A presentation of key insights from the Best Practices on Inclusion from around the Globe, the next practices and trends in DE&I by Ms. Subha Barry, President, Working Mother Media. This will be followed by the Awards to the Most Inclusive Companies in India – Champions of Inclusion.

6:10 pm to 6.30 pm

Awards Presentation Ceremony: Most Inclusive Companies Index  

6:30 pm to 6:45pm

Closing Keynote Address


6.45 pm to 7:30 pm

Engagement & Networking at the Booths

2:00pm to 2:10pm

Welcome Address

Ms. Subha Barry, President, Working Mother Media

2:05pm to 2:25pm

Opening Keynote address: Fearless inclusion: Why challenging one’s fundamental self, matters for a leader

2:25pm to 3:25pm

Breakout Session-
Nurturing a Culture of Carehood

Caring for employees is a shared value that we saw
organizations embracing, rather aggressively over the last year. This session will have industry veterans discuss about how they encourage and nurture a culture of carehood at their organizations through policy level/systemic changes as also channels of awareness building.


Breakout Session-
Journey from an Ally to Advocate

Becoming an ally, committing visibly to a DEI cause is the first active step towards contributing to an organization’s agenda on DEI. When allies transform themselves to passionate advocates, the DEI journey gains further momentum.

This discussion will have leaders sharing candidly
their moments of truth as they traversed the path of being an ally and then an advocate.

3:30pm to 4:15pm

BOB EXCLUSIVES – Case Study: Innovative Best Practices towards Inclusion (Three Parallel Sessions)

The Leaders from the 2021 Best Companies for Women and Most Inclusive Companies, will share impactful stories from their  journey of D&I in their organisations in the Innovative Best Practices Session covering Gender and Advancement of Women.

4:15pm to 4:30pm

Networking Break

4:30pm to 5:30pm

CHRO Panel: From Intent to Impact: Advancing Equity at our workplaces

As employees have different needs, equity at the workplace is all about addressing discrepancies and ensuring all employees have what they need to succeed. Equity levels the playing field, and requires organizations to be adaptable and willing to work with their employees. This session will focus on equity within the contexts of accommodations necessary to level the playing field for employees in the entire talent management lifecycle.

5:35pm to 5:55pm

Awards: Best Companies for Women in India

Dr. Saundarya Rajesh, President, Avtar

A presentation of the growth journey of Best Companies for Women in India over the six years 2016-2020.

Spotlight will be shone on the remarkable growth indices and the collective learning. How the vision of the study has unfolded and what the study hopes to achieve in the coming years would be session highlights.

5:55pm to 6:15pm

Awards Presentation Ceremony: Best Companies for Women – Top 10

The 6th annual awards for Working Mother and Avtar Top 10 Best Companies for Women in India to recognize the stellar companies that
have made it to this list of 2021.

6:15 pm to 6:25 pm

Awards Presentation Ceremony: Best Companies for Women 100 Best

The 6th annual awards for Working Mother and Avtar 100 Best Companies for Women in India will be given away as we recognize the stellar companies that have made it to this list of 2021.

6:25 pm to 6:40pm

Closing Keynote address

6:40 pm to 7:30pm

Entertainment Show followed by Networking at the Booths


Dr. Saundarya Rajesh

Founder-President, Avtar Group

Subha V. Barry

President, Seramount (Formerly Working Mother Media)

Lavanya Shrinagesh

Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leader, Genpact

S.V. Nathan

Partner and Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte India

Pavitra Singh

CHRO – PepsiCo India

Chung G Tham

Executive Director, GDS Assurance

Atrayee Sanyal

VPHRM, Tata Steel Ltd.

Satya Jayaraman

Senior Director, Engineering, leading the BSP (Board Support Packages), Security and IOT teams, Qualcomm India

Shalini Kapoor

Artificial Intelligence and Director for AI Applications, India, IBM Fellow

Shriya Dutt

Director- Human Resources, Qualcomm

Enquire Now