CHENNAI: Tanya Dubash, Executive Director & President (Marketing), Godrej Group, Rama Sivaraman, partner & global head – performance excellence, Polaris Software Lab Limited, and Srimathi Shivashankar, associate vice president – diversity and sustainability, HCL Technologies, received the Successful Women in Management awards for 2011 for their outstanding contribution to the industry by the Great Lakes Institute of Management.
Tanya was the guest of honour at the ‘Successful Women in Management’ (SWIM) – 2011 event at the Great Lakes Campus at Manamai, while Rama delivered the keynote address and Srimathi gave the special address.
SWIM is an annual event at Great Lakes since 2005. The theme for the event this year was, ‘Women redefining business quotient – Bringing a style dimension to management’.
The objective of this initiative was to identify and promote more women to take up leadership positions in organisations.
Geeta Arora, head, human resources (India), British Council, Dr Kiranmai Pendyala, head, HR, AMD India, Dr Sandhya Shekhar, CEO, IIT Madras Research Park, and Shvetha Jaishankar, actor and model, participated in the panel discussion moderated by Dr Lalitha Balakrishnan, vice-principal & head, Department of Management, MOP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai.
Tanya said, “Women in management can no longer be an afterthought as 63 per cent of women are considered to be loyal to their employer and 81 per cent of them consider their work top priority.” She added, “Indian women are twice as ambitious, compared to women in the US and among other BRIC nations.”
Prof Bala V. Balachandran, founder & dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, said, “After years of women entering into the workforce and trying to be more like men in every way, it is increasingly being realised that women have some inherent style and advantage that men can also learn from.”