Thank you for making
Women on a mission Summit 2019
a grand success

Why Women on A Mission Summit?

The female employment rate in India has tumbled from an already-low 35% in 2005 to just 26% in 2018. The economy has more than doubled in size and the number of working-age women has grown by a quarter, to 470m. Yet, nearly 10 million fewer women are in jobs.

It is imperative that we celebrate and recognise women from different fields who are instrumental in making more women join, continue, and grow in the workforce.

With more than 500 influencers attending the summit, this is a chance to meet and interact with change makers, who are defining the workforce with their contributions and impact.

Meet extraordinary women, all under one roof.


Sudha Murthy

Philanthropist and Author

Nivruti Rai

Country Head Intel India & VP Data Center Group, Intel Corporation

Anjana Sasidharan

Principal, Sequoia Capital

Dana Kursh

Consul General of Israel to South India

Nicole Girard

Consul General of Canada to South India

Lathika Pai

Country Head, Microsoft for Startups, MENA & SAARC

Yamini Bhat

Co-founder, Vymo

Vishpala Reddy

Regional HR Director & Head - Asia Pacific, Uber



Wednesday, MARCH 6
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Arrivals, Networking, and Registration
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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

Shradha Sharma, Founder and CEO of YourStory, kicks off the first-ever Women on A Mission Summit
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

STORY SPOTLIGHT: Guts and Gumption

There are lessons in courage and hope in the inspirational stories of some intrepid women who’ve remained unfazed in the face of challenges.  We spotlight women leaders who’ve looked fear squarely in the eye to create real change by channelising their innate, innermost strengths.
Roopa D. Moudgil
The first lady IPS officer of Karnataka reveals how she hasn't let 41 transfers over 18 years deter her, and how she continues to be fearless in what she does every single day.
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

PANEL: Building High-growth, Sustainable Businesses that Matter

Women entrepreneurs navigate myriad challenges in building their businesses. How do the smartest women leaders and entrepreneurs navigate the risks and challenges of building businesses to drive value and growth?

Anjana Sasidharan, Principal, Sequoia India

Neha Singh, Co-founder, Tracxn
Yamini Bhat, Co-founder, Vymo
11:35 AM - 12:20 PM

PANEL: Driving the Diversity Charter in your Organisation

Corporate leaders and HR and Diversity Heads from some of the top companies share their companies’ diversity and inclusion agenda, and deliberate on the way forward for creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.


Rekha Balakrishnan, Editor, HerStory

Vishpala Reddy, Regional HR Director, Uber
Tina Vinod, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, ThoughtWorks India
Krishnamurthy Shankar, Group Head of HR Development, Infosys
Tansushree Mishra, People Director - South Asia, AB InBev
Esha Ganguly Ahuja, Chief Human Resource Officer, Servify
12:20 PM - 12:50 PM

TALK: Stand Out- How to make your personal brand work for you

Speaker: Meeta Malhotra, Angel Investor
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

PANEL: Drawing More Women into the Workforce

Women make up only 25 percent of India’s workforce. What would it take to attract more women into the workforce? How can women serve as role models for other women and help them join and thrive in the workforce?

Tanvi Dubey, Editor, HerStory

Vinutha Rallapalli, Investments & Community Development, Innovation Valley, Govt of Andhra Pradesh
Kuppulakshmi Krishnamoorthy, Head Evangelist, Zoho for Startups
Humera Iffath, Human Resources Director- India, Truecaller
2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

TALK: Government as an Enabler of Change

Talk on the government of Andhra Pradesh’s initiatives to promote education, entrepreneurship, and employment; their takeaways from the same and future plans.

Speaker: Vinutha Rallapalli, Investments & Community Development, Innovation Valley, Govt of Andhra Pradesh
2:50 PM - 3:00 PM

Launch of DROR App

3:00 PM - 3:10 PM

TALK: The Naturals Story:  In the Business of Partnerships

A Rs. 400 Cr company, enabling 400 women entrepreneurs, with 600 outlets and 5,000+ employees. This is the story of Naturals which defined the salon industry with their partnership.

CK Kumaravel, CEO & Co-founder, Naturals Salons & Spa
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

PANEL: Women in power: the road to the top

Tanvi Dubey, Editor, HerStory

Nicole Girard, Consul General, South India
Dana Kursh, Consul General of Israel to South India
3:40 PM - 3:55 PM

Exclusive HerStory Report on Women in Workforce

Launch of a special HerStory report that outlines the findings of a survey on women in the workforce. The report explores the revelations and learnings on building a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and sketches the way forward for enabling women in the workforce to not just succeed, but thrive.
3:55 PM - 4:05 PM

STORY SPOTLIGHT: Women Power:Breaking Barriers, One Role at a Time

Too often, women have been told some roles are just not meant for them. Here, we spotlight a woman who’ve defied these naysayers and proved them wrong, one role at a time.

Shipra Bhutani -  Shipra Sharma Butani set up her first skill centre in Jaipur in 2008. Today, she has more than 40 skill centres across the country and runs the Quantum Career Academy — a training partner with National Skills Development Corporation (Government of India). She also believes every woman deserves a second chance and trains women in prisons in various skills so that they can earn a livelihood.
4:05 PM - 4:35PM


The Women on A Mission Awards 2019: Part I
4:35 PM - 5:10 PM


Nivruti Rai, Country Head, Intel India, & VP Data Center Group, Intel Corporation

In conversation with Nivruti Rai, Country Head, Intel India, and Vice President, Data Center Group, Intel Corporation, on setting your own benchmarks and building your own unique, successful and authentic story in the tech world
5:10 PM - 5:45 PM


Sudha Murty, Philanthropist and Author

In a conversation with Sudha Murty, Philanthropist and Author, on what it takes to be an iconic leader in a world that is constantly changing success benchmarks
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM


The Women on A Mission Awards 2019: Part II
7:00 PM - 7:10 PM
Closing remark and vote of thanks


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


The workshop would outline the opportunity that Artificial Intelligence brings to every developer, entrepreneur and business leader to contribute and accelerate the technology landscape of India in a responsible and ethical manner. It will also highlight the need for diversity of outlook while dealing with data in order to drive inclusion across products and services.
Lathika Pai - Country Head, Microsoft for Startups, MENA & SAARC
Sandeep Alur - Director – Partner Engagements, Microsoft India

What's in store


Keynote sessions

Fireside chats

Storytelling sessions


Panel Discussions

Report Launch




Gifting Partner
Women's Wellness Drink Partner

Award Categories

Art & Culture
Social Impact
Science & Technology
Social Media
Young Achiever (Under 21)
Last date to apply February 20, 2019

Award Category Details

  • Art and Culture:
    The award is a recognition of an achiever who has blazed a trail in art, or culture . She has contributed to these fields not just with her talent but also her
    far-reaching contributions to many issues and causes.
  • Education:
    This award will recognise changemakers in the field of education who contributes through practice, research or administration in a learning environment, including the education system, employee training and community education.
  • Social Impact:
    This award recognises a change maker who is determined to elevate the values of physical, mental or spiritual well-being. Her actions impact her community/environment positively, supports and promotes social consciousness, effective practice and community service.
  • Entrepreneurs:
    This award will recognise a woman who has taken an innovative approach to solving a problem, filling a need or breaking into a new market. She has made sacrifices and risked a great deal to successfully manage, launch or revive a business, product or service.
  • Science & Technology:
    The Science & Technology Award celebrates a woman whose efforts forge new roles for women and create opportunities for future generations in fields of science, applied science and natural resources and information technology.
  • Sports:
    She is an exceptional woman who has taken her country to new heights of fame and success in the field of sports.
  • HeForShe:
    This category will recognize the achievements of men who are committed to mentoring women so that they soar to new heights of success.
  • Social Media Influencer:
    The award recognises a social media warrior who is a role model for women everywhere. She uses social media platforms to disseminate information and engage a wide audience.
  • Corporate:
    This category will award women in the corporate sector for their professional leadership and consistent commitment to excellence. She is an achiever who leverages her achievements and business acumen to facilitate change and create opportunities.
  • Young Achiever (Under 21):
    She is young, restless and with the definitive drive to make a huge impact in her chosen field. The Award recognises her tenacity, determination and willingness to go places
  • Entertainment:
    This award will recognise a trailblazer in the field of entertainment, particularly in the performing arts who have made an outstanding contribution with her talent, artistry, dedication and service.
  • Media:
    She is an exemplary woman who has displayed extraordinary sense of courage, fairness and fairness in reporting news and telling stories of impact.
  • Governance:
    This category will recognise achievements of a woman who has made great strides and impact in governance, thereby impacting thoughts and lives.

Who are the attendees

Business leaders


Industry experts


Women’s Associations and Organisations

Policy Makers

Senior government officials




The LaLiT Ashok Bangalore

Kumara Krupa High Grounds, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001