Women at Work – Gender Diversity



Wait!! Women are at work…

Now have you ever heard this?

Answer is obvious, women have always been working however now they are omnipresent and work has new dimensions altogether. Still this doesn’t mean that the journey has been a cake walk. As much as the multi-talented , multifaceted fairer sex juggles between personal and professional front to walk as much as a mam would, they still encounter resistance and hurdles at various stage. So to discuss the depth of the subject we thought of bringing this topic of ‘Career progression for Women at Work’ at Indiahrlive and welcome some fresh and intriguing thoughts of our esteemed panelists here.

Here are some thoughts that we will cover:

Q1. Most of the women drop their career for family reasons but is there more to do than this?
Q2. Still in India the top circle remains male dominant. We don’t let women rise or women don’t want to rise?
Q3. Gender diversity!! Is it a practice or a thought? Is it a choice or compulsion?
Q4. Is the journey for Women Entrepreneurs different than men? Do women lead initiatives get more mileage?
Q5. What are the common challenges women at large go through at work? What could be the best way to progress northwards in your career?

Join us while we share the platform with successful Women Leaders to discuss ‘Women at Work – Gender Diversity ‘ on April 21st, Tuesday at 8pm IST / 9.30 am CST /10.30 am EST. 

Watch the show here & Tweet your comments/questions with a hashtag #IndiaHRLIVE to join the conversation with our #IndiaHRLIVE ambassadors

Meet our Guests!!

aparnasharmaAparna Sharma

HR Professional & Thought Leader, Author of Reality Bytes


Felicitated with the “HR Super Achiever Award” by Star News at the 20th World HRD Congress 2012, Aparna is a passionate learner in her journey of over 18 years of intense and expansive HR work. In her diverse roles, Aparna has successfully been a learning partner, mentor and coach to leaders, leadership teams and organisations to build competencies, learning abilities and nimbleness for achieving purposeful performance.

After completing her post graduation in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (PM & IR) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, Aparna made her foray into the corporate world through Nocil and moved into different roles in the HR function in organisations like Monsanto, Novartis, UCB, Deutsche Bank & Lafarge. Over the years, Aparna has learnt to persistently and passionately value freedom, authentic relationships and realization of potential of people.

Winner of many accolades like ‘Women Leadership Award’ for BFSI (Banking, Financial Services & Insurance) Awards by Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE), Hyderabad, ‘Achiever of Excellence Award’ by Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD, Mumbai), ‘30 Women Achievers Award’ by HRD Congress 2013, she has also featured as one of the top women HR Leaders in the country in the anniversary issue of Business Manager, July 2012 & quoted as a Thought Leader in HR. Under her leadership at Lafarge, many in-company Global Awards such as ‘Digilearn Championship Trophy’ & ‘WAVE’ (Women Adding Value & Excellence) have been received besides external recognitions like CLO (Chief Learning Officer’s) Award consecutively for 3 years.

Beyond her corporate role as an HR Leader, Aparna also dons the hat of HR contributor through her associations with Indian Society of Training & Development (ISTD), All India Management Association (AIMA), National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), National HRD Network, and Sumedhas, where she actively participates in disseminating her acquired knowledge and build the HR fraternity by creating future leaders. Currently, she is the Honorary Treasurer of National HRD Network, Mumbai Chapter (2012-2015) and is a member of the Executive Committee. She has also been elected as member of the National Executive Board of NHRDN for the period 2013-2015. A wildlife enthusiast and an amateur photographer, Aparna spends most of her leisure time closer to nature. Aparna also loves travelling as it gives her an opportunity to meet new people. Books are Aparna’s favourite ally and she dedicates every day some time to read something new. An avid reader, she has a collection of some of the best books of the century.

To know more about Aparna, visit: www.aparnasharma.in February 2015 

robinschoolingRobin Schooling, SPHR

Managing Director | Strategist | Speaker | Human Resources Writer and Blogger


With 25 years of HR Management experience, Robin Schooling, SPHR, has worked in a variety of industries including gaming, health care, manufacturing and banking.  In 2013, after serving as VP Human Resources with the Louisiana Lottery Corporation for almost 7 years, Robin left corporate HR to open up Silver Zebras, LLC, a consultancy focusing on unique HR strategies that power people, strengthen talent capabilities and harness the power of connections.

She’s a member of the Smartbrief on Workforce Advisory Board and served on the Boards of Directors for Geaux Veterans, and the Louisiana Business Leadership Network, which focuses on providing positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities.  Robin is a Past President of Greater Baton Rouge SHRM, a former board member with ASTD Baton Rouge, an active member of the Baton Rouge Social Media Association and she currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer and Communications Director for the Louisiana SHRM State Council.  In 2011, GBR SHRM awarded Robin its “HR Professional of the Year Award.”

She blogs at HRSchoolhouse and is a contributor to the blogs WomenofHR and SHRM’s We Know Next. You can follow her on twitter at @RobinSchooling where, on football weekends, you can read all her #whodat tweets.

ruchiRuchi Bhatia

Recruitment Branding Lead at IBM


Ruchi works as HR Consultant with IBM India. She is Recruitment Branding Lead, has worked into various HR roles in IBM. Earlier in  Centre of Excellence,  Talent Organization where she was a PD Lead for GTS India/SA and delivered on ISA, GMU and Global Assignments related to Career Development . Prior to that she had been a WorkForce Partner with IBM India.  She has overall 14 years of professional work experience spanning across HR, Learning, Operations and Sales. An alumna of IIM C, Ruchi is passionate about Social Media and is listed as Top 30 Social Media Power Influencers in India and Top 50 Women in India to follow on Twitter.  In her spare time Ruchi loves to Travel, Read and Listen to Country Music. Connect with her on LinkedInFacebook & on Twitter at @rucsb

kenaKena Shree

HR Manager at NTPC Limited


KenaShree is a full time working Human Resource professional, speaker and    facilitator for over a decade. She is currently a Senior Manager in NTPC  Limited, Power Sector, GOI enterprise. She is also the Co-founder of Manrav  Foundation, an NGO working for aged destitute and senior citizens. She has  been listed as “Top 100 HR professionals to follow on Twitter” in 2014.    Besides the HR expertise that she holds, she is trained in cognitive psychology  and psychometric analysis of human behavior. Kena is a prolific writer,  devouring blogger and writes for Huffington Post, Cox and Kings and Women’s  Web. This apart, she releases herself by immersing in good literature, witty reads, singing and theatre.

She may be read at her blog or contacted on linkedin . Her  twitter handle is @KenaShree.

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1 Comment

  1. ajitha says:

    Can we also look at diversity in a wider angle when considering India as a diverse nation

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