Be the spark of change

3rd March 2023 | India Habitat Center, New Delhi

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Like the famous saying goes, “be the change you wish to see in the world”, SheSparks is a call to action, bringing together women who are not bogged down by the status quo but are BEING and CREATING the spark of change.

SheSparks is a calling. SheSparks is a commitment. SheSparks is every woman making change happen. SheSparks is every woman and every woman is a SheSpark.

She is real, authentic, original, and comfortable with her scars and blemishes. She is the change—for herself and everyone around her. She is not a victim of her circumstances. She is the changemaker disrupting the norms.As Maya Angelou said, “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for ALL women.”It's time to own the story. It's also the time to shape the story for generations to come.

What will
SheSparks do?

  • It will bring together women changemakers.

  • It will bring new women role models for India to the forefront.

  • It will draft policy recommendations to be sent to the government.

  • It will bring fresh and actionable learnings from women changemakers.

  • It will invest in women-led businesses driving change.

How will SheSparks achieve this?

To kickstart this movement of change, SheSparks will begin with a one-day event followed by an active community engagement throughout the year, supporting changemakers on the road to transformation with clear actionable steps.

Who
should be a
part of this?

Anyone who earnestly dreams and desires an equal world, but, more importantly, wants to be a catalyst of positive change.

What will SheSparks do?

It will bring together women changemakers.

It will bring new women role models for India to the forefront.

It will draft policy recommendations to be sent to the government.

It will bring fresh and actionable learnings from women changemakers.

It will invest in women-led businesses driving change.

How will
SheSparks achieve this?

To kickstart this movement of change, SheSparks will begin with a one-day event followed by an active community engagement throughout the year, supporting changemakers on the road to transformation with clear actionable steps.

Who should
be a part of this?

Anyone who earnestly dreams and desires an equal world, but, more importantly, wants to be a catalyst of positive change.

Pillars

2

SheSparks Manifesto

3

Conversations

4

SheSparks Networking

5

Workshops

Agenda

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
Opening Keynote
Beyond Status Quo; Owning The Change
Over the years, there has been a lot of conversation and talk on how it is important to have an inclusive world. But now it is time to take action. SheSparks is a movement with the aim of changing this. Shradha Sharma, Founder & CEO of YourStory, welcomes the audience to a day full of thoughtful conversation, actionable insights and inspiring stories that will kick start the movement.

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
FIRESIDE CHAT
The Spark of Change; How India can lead the way in inclusive development
Over the years the Indian government has worked to bring in an inclusive and gender balanced cabinet. But to spark a bigger change it also important to bring women leaders from every village, corner, street, and city. Who better than the top women leadeers of the government to tell us how we can take actionable steps towards that change.

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Case Study / Manifesto release by YS/ HS
SheSparks Manifesto & Pledge
.

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM
Experience Break

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

11:00 AM - 11:40 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION
STEM for Her: Solving the gender gap early
For years now representation of women in the STEM field has been a global problem. In this panel we talk about what it takes for organisations, leaders and teams to truly build inclusive and gender balanced teams.

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
FIRESIDE CHAT
Redefining Beauty: How Nykaa is changing the definition of beauty
As the Head of Nykaa Fashion, Adwaitaa has been a significant part of Nykaa's journey and foray into the fashion segment. She will talk about her journey of building Nykaa Fashion, and what it takes to build a brand within a brand.

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION
The Pioneer Panel: Stories of women who dared to be the first
There are some professions that are quintessentially believed to only be spear headed by men - truck driving, butchering, meat shops... But there still are women who for various reasons ventured into these professions and made their mark. Hear from them first hand on what it takes to venture into these professions, the challenges, and how they broke the mould.

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

1:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Lunch

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Fireside chat
The 48% that counts: Bringing in more women to directly participate in the workforce
According to the World Bank, India's female population is around 48.4% of the total population. Yet only 20% of women directly participate in the country's total workforce. SheSparks is a movement with the aim of changing this. Shradha Sharma, Founder & CEO of YourStory, welcomes the audience to a day full of thoughtful conversation, actionable insights and inspiring stories that will kick start the movement.

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION
Break ke Baad; How to get back to workforce after your maternity break.
Getting women back into the workforce has been a challenge. Many women for years struggle to find the right jobs that match their skillsets or jobs that give them the balance that they seek. In this panel, the leaders will discuss on what are the key steps, and how workforces can be more receptive OR Women entrepreneurs have it had- either they are too soft, or they are too aggressive. They can never be right, so how are these women building businesses and managing teams?

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Fireside chat
Equalising the scales: Bringing more women investors and founders
For years now women founders and led startups have attracted less than 1% of the total funding. The problem just isnt about getting more women founders, it also is about getting in more women investors. A balance on both sides is needed to help increase the numbers and create more women founders and entrepreneurs who raise capital.

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION
Equality in Sports: Building an equal playground Or Play like a girl: What it takes to break bias in the sporting world
Across the world, women in sports weren't considered equal to their male counterparts for the longest time. This has been slowly but steadily changing.Let's break down how this is happening and what more is to be done

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

4:00 PM - 4:20 PM
Fireside chat
Embracing your identity despite social constructs
The journey to becoming India's first transgender international beauty queen, a trans rights activist

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Experience Break

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Awards & keynote
SheSparks Awards & Closing Keynote
.

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WORKSHOPS
Negotiate that: Why is it important to learn the art of negotiation
.

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Workshop by YS University
StoryTelling Masterclass
.

Prashant Malik
Co-creator,
Apache Cassandra

Sindhu Kashyap
Associate Editor,
YourStory Media

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