MAKERS India Conference

The conference is postponed and we will announce the date shortly

MAKERS INDIA brings together women and men from across all industries to ignite real change.

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at 60% discount



We believe that an equal world is a better world. We want to create an inclusive and empowered community for women, by boosting their workforce participation in India. To this end, Verizon Media, the digital media arm of global telecom giant Verizon Communications, and YourStory Media, India’s leading digital storytelling platform for entrepreneurs and changemakers, have entered into a strategic partnership to bring Verizon’s women-focussed media brand MAKERS to India.

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The MAKERS Conference is a global leadership event that brings together more than 600 of the most powerful names in business, entertainment, tech and finance to explore ways to accelerate women’s equality. Each year, this three-day experience provides the inspiration that moves people to action via provocative conversations, compelling storytelling and onstage pledges to advance change.

As we work towards building a community of empowered women, we are hosting the first-ever MAKERS India conference. Through our conference, we aim to bring together the most powerful stories and personalities together under one roof and accelerate the women’s movement in our country.

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*All times are IST. Programming is subject to change

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 9:55 AM

Women who make India

Shradha Sharma, Founder & CEO, YourStory Media

9:55 AM - 10:00 AM

Important step towards accelerating the women's movement in the country

Nikhil Rungta, Country Manager at Verizon Media

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Government being an enabler in accelerating women's participation in the Indian workforce

10:15 AM - 10:25 AM

Drawing more women into the workforce

Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM

10:30 AM - 10:40 AM

Rhetoric to Reality: Our mission to build an equal world and how?

10:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Powering the economy with her

Rajan Anandan, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Celebrating our differences

Akkai Padmashali, Transgender People Activist & Founder of Ondede

11:15 AM - 11:25 AM

Unlocking the full potential of women at work

Asha Kharga, Executive VP & Group Chief Marketing Officer at Axis Bank & Director - Board of Freecharge

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM


11:45 AM - 11:55 AM

Together we grow!

Nalini Shekar, Founder, Hasiru Dala

12:00 PM - 12:10 PM

Breaking Barriers, One Role at a Time

Archana Vohra, Director Global Business Group, Facebook

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Making mass entrepreneurship aspirational

Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship

12:50 PM - 1:20 PM

When I control the purse strings!

Varsha Tagare, Managing Director, Qualcomm Ventures India
Aditi Gupta, Investment professional, Stellaris Venture Partners
Sakshi Chopra, Principal, Sequoia Capital

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM


02:00 PM - 02:15 PM

Seizing the moment

Usha Chaumar, President, Sulabh International Social Service Organisation

02:20 PM - 02:35 PM

Transforming lives of women, empowering them, creating rural women entrepreneurs

R Vimala (IAS), CEO, Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission

02:40 PM - 03:10 PM

Building a sustainable, skilled ecosystem

Maggie Inbamuthiah, Managing Director at India
Divya Gokulnath, Co-Founder of BYJU'S

03:15 PM - 03:30 PM

Your life my inspiration

Sudha Murthy, Author & Chairperson of Infosys Foundation
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Filmmaker

03:35 PM - 04:05 PM

Women in STEM

Madhurima Agarwal, Director - Engineering Programs and Leader, NetApp Excellerator, NetApp
Dr. Manjiri Bakre, CEO & Co-founder, OncoSTEM

04:10 PM - 04:40 PM

Responsibilities of a young leader

Rubeena Singh, CEO, iProspect India
Namita Thappar
, Executive Director, Emcure Pharmaceuticals

04:45 PM - 05:15 PM

Following your passion

Rohini Rau, International Athlete, Sailing
Mayuri Upadhya
, Choreographer & Entrepreneur
Anshula Kapoor, Founder, Fankind

05:20 PM - 05:30 PM


11:45 AM - 11:55 AM

Changing the Corporate culture

Sumeet Singh, CMO, Info Edge India Ltd

12:00 PM - 12:25 PM

Importance of skilling and upskilling

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Fighting the battle against patriarchy & misogyny, using a pen

Anuja Chauhan, Author
, Activist & Founder of Feminism in India

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Taking Ownership of Your Career and Life!

A session that'll help you understand why its important to take charge of your professional life, unapologetically! Our experts will help you understand things such as - time management, clarity of goals, packaging your skill set and USPs better, etc.

2:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Being Mindful When Your Mind is Full: A Practice for Leadership

A session to help you evolve as a leader, one who is much more than just a task master or a typical text book boss! Our expert will walk you through some important elements you need to keep in mind to become a successful leader.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Women Re-Joining Workforce

Our experts will take you through the much-needed elements for rejoining work after a hiatus. The session will take you through proper methods skills assessment, job search training, training for the interviews and much more.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Women entrepreneurs

Aspiring to be a woman entrepreneur? Meet women who are making strides in this field. Listen to them talk about their experiences.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Women in STEM

Salaries are highest in mathematics, computer science, and engineering, which are fields in which women are not highly represented. Meet and brain-storm with women who are working hard to make this sector more inclusive.

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Women business leaders

What are the skills to be a good leader at work. Listen to some famous business leaders share their experiences and some professional hacks.

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Owning your body - Not the weaker sex!

Know more about reproductive health, mestrual hygiene, safe abortion rights and learn how to fight myths related to a woman's body from the people who are doing some insprirational work in this field.

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Women in power: Road to the top!

10:15 AM - 10:25 AM

Importance of male allies

10:30 AM - 10:40 AM

How to be an effective leader in an ever-changing workplace

Nivruti Rai, VP (Data Centre) & Country Head, Intel India

10:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Invest in your financial literacy

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Activity: Healthy mind lives in a healthy body

11:15 AM - 11:25 AM

Dimensions of Diversity

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM


11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Together we grow!

Ekta Parashar, Head of Solutions Architecture, Large Enterprises, Amazon Internet Services Pvt Ltd.
Sheebu David
, CHRO, GE South Asia
Gargi B Dasgupta
, Director for IBM Research India & CTO IBM India/South Asia
Megha Chawla
, Partner, Bain & Company

12:20 PM - 12:50 PM

Women Building for Women

Nidhi Yadav, Founder of AKS Clothing
Amisha Jain
, CEO, Zivame
Pranoti Nagarkar
, Co-founder, Zimplistic

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM


2:05 PM - 2:20 PM

Creating more leaders

Kanika Tekriwal, Founder of JetSetGo

2:25 PM - 2:40 PM

Society and I

Nandita Das, Filmmaker, Actor & Author

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Women leveling the playing field

Rani Rampal, Captain, Indian Women Hockey Team

3:05 PM - 3:20 PM

Making a difference

Licypriya Kangujam, Child Environmental Activist

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Power of an inclusive organisational culture

Gender diversity and inclusion are an important part of every organisation’s narrative. The benefits of gender diversity have become apparent over the years, and companies are working towards having an equal representation of men and women in their organisations. Learn more about the topic from an expert.

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Rejoining and scaling back to the top!

A session to understand the ways of streamlining focus and competencies on work after rejoining after a haitus - A special focus on what you can do to ensure the pressure of 'proving yourself all over again' doesn't affect you negatively.

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

How to negotiate salary and promotion

Learn the do's and don'ts of being a hard, rational and unapologetic negotiator when you face your bosses during that much dreaded appraisal season.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

From a classroom to boardroom

Experts and business leaders will help you know more about taking the right career path.

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Investing in yourself  - How to widen your skillset

Listen from the experts the need of building and adding to your skill set.


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