Hire for Diversity – Part 2


Diversity is not a buzz word! Successful organizations take deliberate efforts to have a diversity program in place. They have experienced that having diverse workforce helped them further their company goals. Infact, When organization expand globally being able to adapt to the new culture and render services based on individual needs of people from a multi cultural environment will be very crucial. And so does the need for a Diverse Workforce!

The first part of Hire for Diversity was aired on 5th May and we enjoyed the discussion with our panel members speaking about planning, strategizing and Recruiting for diversity. We will now focus on some other important aspects of diversity like engagement, retention and Inclusion from a diversity perspective.

Below are few topics we will be discussing.

Q1. What does Diversity really mean to business and leadership beyond just a tick mark in policy?
Q2. What are the other diversity sections of workforce companies should engage beyond gender?
Q3. What does inclusion mean and how it’s different from diversity?
Q4. Does our organizational culture really allow focused engagement of all inclusive groups? Can you provide some best practices?
Q5. Should we reserve specific roles in the company for diversity candidates? Do they like treating special?
Q6. What are some good examples in the industry to retain diverse talent?

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Meet our Guests!!

saireechancalSairee Chahal
Founder of SHEROES.in

Sairee is interested in working with women navigating careers and work life choices.  She is the CEO of Applied Life Pvt Ltd. Founder @SHEROESIndia. Horizon Gazer, Fleximoms. Women@Work,TED Speaker, Cartier Alumni, Convener, Check out SHEROES.in a career destination for women. For women making high growth, conscious choices of career path.


jonaspJonas Prasanna

Talent Brand & Social Media Recruitment – Lead


Jonas is passionate about delivering value propositions that aim to attract, engage and hire the best talents in the world. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM, K). At Philips Electronics, he was identified as an Early Career Potential and has played multiple roles from being a HR Business Partner, Learning Partner & Talent Advisor. He has championed several diversity & inclusion initiatives from policy creation & benchmarking to attraction & retention.

In his current role as the Talent Brand & Social Recruitment – India for Capgemini, he collaborates with business teams to influence talent pools through digital & social media channels. He is a key influencer in developing social recruitment frameworks for strategic hiring goals.

sandeepbSandeep Bidani

Vice President and Head-People and Culture- India


SSandeep Bidani is currently the VP & Head-People and Culture for Edifecs, a transformational Healthcare IT Products company based out of Bellevue, Washington. It is amongst the fastest growing healthcare IT firms in the US which has won many awards for employee focus, innovation and financial growth.

In his last role Sandeep was the Regional HR Director – IBM for one of the 25 Global regions of IBM spanning a stint of over 6 years.  He has had significant leadership stints with American Express in India as well as in the role of HR leader with KPMG in India as well as in consulting with KPMG in the Middle East. He is an Engineer and an MBA from FMS, BHU with a diploma in Executive Leadership from Cornell.  He follows his passions in photography, poetry writing and working with children.

ibmrKalpana Veeraraghavan

IBM Workforce Diversity Manager, AP & MEA; Human Resources

Kalpana Veeraraghavan is the IBM India Workforce Diversity Manager and Gender Program Leader for the IBM Growth Market Unit (GMU).  Prior to that, she has been an HR Partner supporting the Financial Services Business with MetLife India & started her career as an HR Advisor with ITT Industries in Cleveland, Ohio.
Kalpana has Master’s degree in Organizational Communications & Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Kalpana enjoys travelling & music

Join us while we discuss!

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1 Comment

  1. AJITHA IYER says:

    #jonas Prasanna!
    As a HR professional am I considering the tacit/potential workforce who have compelling commitment with their parents or children or spouse or sibling !?
    Most times, am shying away to recruit such workforce or am not finding a way to exploit that work force!

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