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Working Mother & Avtar Best of the Best Conference 2020

  • 5 Nov 2020
  • 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Virtual

The most-awaited D&I Awards’ Conference, the Working Mother & Avtar Best of the Best Conference, is here for its fourth edition!

Ignite Potential
The theme for this year’s conference is Ignite Potential. Through a series of curated sessions, we aim to bring forth conversations on how organizations can ignite their tremendous innate potential by harnessing the power of diversity and inclusion. The conference will provide insights on how organizations can access and leverage this potential to intentionally design culture, increase employee engagement and enhance organizational performance. The insightful sessions will help D&I professionals and leaders to enhance their knowledge and skill sets to advance D&I strategies, processes and systems. The sessions will deliberate on how organizational capabilities can be enhanced and employee potential optimized, by looking inward and practicing inclusion. We hope to challenge conventional thinking, discuss best practices and share resources to accelerate D&I progress and truly ignite the potential for holistic development. As we adapt to the new normal and move into a post COVID environment, such discussions will prove critical for pursuing strategic growth.

Audience Profile

D&I Leaders
HR Leaders
D&I enthusiasts


Dr. Saundarya Rajesh

Founder – President, Avtar

Mr. Michael E. McNamara

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Target

Mr. Porush Singh

Division President South Asia, Mastercard

Ms. Vibha Padalkar


Mr. Sridhar Venkatesh


Mr. Rajiv Memani

Chair, EY Global Emerging markets committee, EY India Chairman, and Regional Partner

Ms. Prachi Rastogi

Diversity and Inclusion Leader, IBM

Ms. Nabamita Banerjee

Associate Director, Partner (Human) Resources, Tata Starbucks

Mr. Magesh Sambasivan

Head of Human Resources for Centre Societe Generale Global Solution Centre

Ms. Anuradha Khosla

Vice President HR (Head Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership Development & Employee Engagement), HCL

Mr. Anurag Shah

VP, Business and Strategy Manager at the Chief Administrative and Strategy Office, Northern Trust India

Ms. Aruna C. Newton

Associate Vice President, Global Head -Diversity and Inclusion, Sustainability Governance, Reporting, Infosys Ltd

Mr. Kannan Hariharan

Chief Strategist, Avtar

Ms. Deepali Bharadwaj

EVP and Head of HR Cushman & Wakefield

Ms. Manu N. Wadhwa

Chief HR Officer, Sony Pictures

Mr. Yuvaraj Srivastava

Group CHRO, MakeMyTrip Group

Ms. Subha Barry

President, Working Mother Media

Mr. Tiger Tyagarajan

CEO, Genpact

Mr. C. P. Gurnani

CEO, Tech Mahindra

Dr. Monisha Sharma

Therapeutic Area Head- South East Asia, GCTO, MSD

Mr. Manish Sharma

Principal (Senior Partner), Business Technology Leader, ZS Pune

Mr. Padmaraj Venkatappa

Head of Ethics, Risk and Compliance for Novartis Business Services, India

Ms. Bhavani Balasubramanian

Chief Strategist, Avtar

Ms. Deborah Munster

Vice-President, Diversity Best Practices

Ms. R. Mahalakshmi

Head – HR, Mondelez

Ms. Jayanthi Vaidyananthan

Sr. Director – HR, PayPal

Ms. Alpa Chandan

Senior Director, Human Resources, Target India

Ms. Shalini Prasad

Senior Director – HR, Qualcomm

Mr. Gopinath Pullaihgari

Director & Head - Human resources, Verizon India

Ms. Priya D Cruz

HR Business Partner, Commercial of Bayer Group for South Asia

Dr Claretha Hughes

Professor of Human Resource and Workforce Development at the University of Arkansas

Ms. Carla Grant Pickens



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