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Women have always been leaders and changemakers in whatever sphere they are in – be it the domestic household or the socio-economic landscape. Though women face their own set of challenges like lack of education, unequal opportunities and limited access to finance but women are slowly and gradually evolving. Digitalization has revolutionized the lives of many women. Indian women, in fact, are the perfect mix of modernity and tradition. They have been shattering glass ceilings at work and are also born nurtures and custodians of culture. This was stated by Principal Commissioner, Income Tax, Government of India, Ms. Rolee Agarwal while delivering the Special Address at the CII-IWN Rajasthan Annual Session & Women Leadership Summit 2023 at ITC Rajputana. The event was organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Indian Women Network (IWN) – Rajasthan Chapter.

Director, Rajasthan Forestry and Wildlife training Institutes & Chief Conservator Forest, Training, Government of Rajasthan, Shailaja Deval said that gender disparity and discrimination is all in the mindset which is conditioned in children right from the beginning. Giving examples from her own life experiences, she said that women are more equipped and skilled than men to take responsibilities. They should not fear anyone and raise their voice.

Chairperson, Hindustan Zinc Ltd, Priya Agarwal Hebbar said that there is nothing like a man’s world or a man’s job. A pro-active role should be played to work towards the equality of women and corporates will play a huge transformative role in this. There is a need to embrace equity and equality, break the silos and 100% inclusivity for all.

Highlighting the objective of the summit, Chairman, CII Rajasthan State Council, Mr. Abhinav Banthia said that the summit aims to celebrate the power and potential of the women leaders, to serve as change agents within their own organizations and shape the future of business. It aims to create a platform where women leaders would share their experiences, how they surmounted challenges on their leadership journey and what were the pivotal moments or the events that made a transformation in them as individuals and leaders.

The two sessions – ‘Change Makers: Learning from Success Stories’ and ‘Change Makers: How women are transforming the social and economic landscape’ were moderated by Chairwoman, IWN, Rajasthan Chapter, Dr Pallavi Mishra.

Country Head International, University of New Haven, Ms. Ranjana Maitra; Erstwhile Chairwoman and CEO, Kantar Insights, South Asia, Ms. Preeti Reddy; Vice Chairman, CII Rajasthan State Council, Mr. Arun Misra; Senior Director and Head, CII Rajasthan, Mr. Nitin Gupta; Managing Director, Patra India BPO Services, Ms. Lakshmi Mukkavilli and Research Scientist, Director, Dr. B Lal Institute of Biotechnology, Dr. Sudipti Arora, Co-Vice Chairwoman, IWN Rajasthan Chapter, Ms. Tanuja Agarwal also spoke at the summit.

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