Morning Session

Theme - Networking: A Business Skill NOT a Job Seeking Skill

Panelist Details:

Mr. Vivek Rathi Head HR- Corporate Functions and Middle East & Africa – Marico
Mr. Vinay Agrawal Global Head – Business HR – Tech Mahindra
Ms. Pallavi Tyagi EVP & CHRO India – Capgemini
Ms. Pratyusha Sharma AVP Human Resources – Cognizant
Mr. Behram Sabawala Chief people Officer – Tata Cliq
Ms. Uma Shankar AVP & Head – OD & Leadership Development – Infosys BPM
Ms. Priya Pandit Head – Talent Acquisition, Employer Branding and D&I – Loreal
Mr. Anurag Sahay HR Head, Nestle Goa Unit – Nestle
Mr. Dharm Rakshit Head HR – Hero Motocorp

COVID-19 has taught an important lesson to India. With businesses having to reimagine their processes and ways of working, HR department had to change a lot more than any other field.

These were the opening notes given by Mr. Behram Sabawala.

He built up the flow and created the connection. He focused on the mentoring, coaching and real vs fake networking.  He emphasized on the real networking which is needed for everyone.

Mr. Dharm Rakshit

He depicted the mutual give and take method in any organization between the employees as well as with the authorities. He shared his experience and came to a statement that everybody in the world is connected to each other. He stated that the trading of information to build a relationship with the clients.

Mr. Uma Shankar

He emphasized on building our brand in the corporate world. He stated the difference between real and virtual personalities. He also advised to build own leadership thoughts, thereby unlocking the synergies in the key leadership roles.

Ms. Priya Pandit

She shared her insights on the fundamentals like trust and authenticity. Advised to maintain the networking within the batch vey well and illustrated her experience on how to transform professional networks into personal bonds.

Ms. Pratyusha Sharma

She advised to maintain healthy social networks and have a thought always on what is my purpose and goal. She emphasized her point on exchanging human experiences. Thereby, creating personal bonds with the colleagues.

Mr. Vivek Rathi

He insighted on the purpose of connecting with people and staying focused on the goals of our life. Along with these he stated the core of networking like the Excel importance in job. He concluded with a quote – Give more than what you take.

Mr. Vinay Agrawal

He showed the ways how to network and only focus on people who are going to be of real value. He insisted on auditing and reviewing the social network regularly and act accordingly. He emphasized on diversity and stated that work is more important than having only networks.

Mr. Anurag Sahay

He concluded with the opportunities for personal growth like the egocentric, socio-centric, open social network, and told the importance of ROI of investment of time to build relations with respect to expectations.

Q&A Session:

How to maintain sustainable networks – 6 lessons – Giving & Sharing, Be Prepared, Be Responsible, Be Respectful & disciplined, deliver on every deadline, just say ‘Yes’!

Afternoon Session

Theme - Fostering Rebel Talent at Work

Panelist Details:

Ms. Manvi Sushil Director HR & CSR South Asia Region – Avery Dennison
Mr. Navin Patel Director Talent Acquisiton – Affine
Ms. Rakhee Malik Director and Head HR – AT Kearney
Ms. Sulaksha Shetty CHRO – Everest Industries
Mr. Pranav Prasoon Thakur Head HR – Renault India Private Limited
Mr. Alexander Rinku Director Human Resources – Oracle
Mr. Milind Mutalik Chief People Officer – Acclite Digital
Mr. Ashwin Jaisinghani Director People Success – Searce
Ms. Deepa Misra Human Resource Business Leader – Mondelez

In the Horizon’21 – The Annual HR Conclave’s afternoon session, the leaders shared their insights and experiences with the larger audience of DMS, IIT Delhi, to take budding managers a step closer to the corporate world by discussing the topic “Fostering Rebel Talent at Work.” The theme in detail revolved around how throughout corporate careers, employees are to conform—the status quo, the opinions and behaviors of others, and to information that supports the views. The pressure only grows as we climb the organizational ladder. By the time we reach high-level positions, conformity has been so hammered into us that we perpetuate it in our enterprises.

Whether consciously or unconsciously, organizations pressure employees, including leaders, to save their real, authentic, nonconforming selves for outside of work. This pressure to conform can have a significant negative impact on employee engagement, productivity, and the ability to innovate. In turn, our organization suffers. The leaders explained in detail the answers to questions like ‘How companies are using non-conformity?’, ’What are the best ways of encouraging ‘constructive non-conformity”?’ and ‘How to break up the adherence to the status quo that is so ingrained in most corporate cultures?’
The opening note was initiated by Panel Chair Ms. Manvi Sushil, who quoted how the future belongs to the rebel and exists in all of us. Describing how living in such turbulent times and fierce competition, reputations are easily tarnished by social media, and the world gets divided more than ever. In this environment cultivating rebel talent is what allows businesses to evolve and prosper.

Ms. Deepa, Mr. Ashwin, and Mr. Milind took the discussion forward by describing the work that companies are doing to foster rebel talent at the workplace. They welcome and encourage the thoughts and diversity of rebel talent who bring new perspectives and an assortment of thoughts to any conversation and work. The environment is provided by practicing activities like “explore yourself,” “express your interest,” etc.

Mr. Alexander shared thoughts about how to have an open perspective to deal with situations. He stressed the “BTC Framework.” The framework in detail talks about how to break, transform and create yourself to unleash potential as a Rebel to make a difference for the organization. Mr. Navin took the conversation ahead by describing how hiring brings such a set of people into the organization. Hiring the right talent and connecting with those who have constantly been innovating and working towards the goals is the main priority of the leaders as well.

Capt. Pranav talked about how the word “rebel” is for outperformers. He also gave examples of how controlled creativity is required at times and how even being a rebel, one must have a plan to execute. The session ended with an enriching Q&A session with students.

The student of DMS, IIT Delhi, extend their heartfelt gratitude to all the panelists for taking their time out and sharing their valuable views during the discussions.