SVIMS played host for the Global Mentoring Walk -2018, an international event organised by Vital Voices, across 60 countries. The event affords women leaders across different cultures and generations to share their talent, experience, wisdom and power with women in their fledgling careers.

The program was organized commemorating the International Women’s Day on 10th March 2018. Ms. Sweta Mohapatra, Founder – Diversity Vision, a certified coach, and consultant in HR for leading corporates and empaneled with Cherie Blair Foundation for Women as a mentor for budding women leaders organised the function and brought together well known women leaders to share their experiences and expertise with women readying to enter the corporate world.

With an aim to actualize the thought of ‘Woman stands for Woman’ the Saturday morning saw leading Women Professionals from Pune, taking time out from their busy schedules to mentor the students of SVIMS.

Forty students were selected and divided into groups of five. Each group had the opportunity of interacting with mentors like Amarjeet Labana -Director HR Asia Pacefic-Mediaocean,  Adhishree Gupte-Location People Office Head-FIS, Shivani Kaul-Product Marketing Manager -John Deer Technology Centre, Stueti Gupta- Manager- John Deer Technology Centre and Shweta Shukla- Director and Sr. HRBP Mastercard. The students asked a series of questions on how to make initial impression, balance family and work especially post marriage and motherhood, fixing of financial goals and achieving career persistency. The mentors poured in their experience in answering these questions. The programme also had a ‘mentoring walk’ where in corporate women leaders guided, motivated and mentored their junior female workforce for leadership roles as they walked together.

Post this, there was a talk by Ms. Priya Tandon -Head of Healthcare Welfare Education India Unit at Tieto. She Spoke about her journey from being an engineer to key managerial personnel, motivating the audience to identify and write their own success story with a belief that each one had a story to tell.

The programme concluded with a panel discussion where in prominent management leaders across Pune participated and reasoned out that strong aspiration amongst women is the only essential ingredient required for taking up leadership roles. The Panel consisted of names like: Vinita Gera –  General Manager India COE, Sonia Chand – General Manager Corporate Social Responsibilty, Nandini De- Director of Engineering Veritas, Rinku Basu- Director & Head – Productivity Solutions Group-HCL Tehnologies, Dr. B.H. Nanwani- Director, Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies and Mr. Kishor Siddwani- Former VP at Atlas Copco.