How women empowerment has grown over the years in corporate India ?

How women empowerment has grown over the years in corporate India ?
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Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.
~ Hillary Clinton

It is undeniable that women empowerment in the corporate world has a crucial direct impact on the economic growth and simultaneous national development. In India, where Women representation in the corporate scenario stands at 30.55% the reservoir of women leadership is certainly untapped. But with many organizations leading the change in the past decade, India's corporate world is inclusive of women holding significant positions in top-notch organizations. In 2015, SEBI (Stock Exchange Board of India) made it compulsory for companies to have atleast 1 woman as their board member.

While the country's top women leaders are heads of major corporations: Schauna Chauhan, CEO of Parle Agro, Aisha Sequiera, Country head and head of investment banking at Morgan Stanley, and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD of Biocon, a globally recognized biopharmaceutical enterprise. It is motivating to see how women leaders have impacted the corporate world. The most successful and influential women in today's Indian corporate are: Neeru Sharma, co-founder of Infibeam, Radhika Ghai Aggarwal, co-founder of ShopClues and Suchi Mukherjee, founder and CEO of Limeroad, are all well-equipped to face the challenge corporate world throws at them with the education that empowered them to thrash the stereotypes and gender biases.

The Indian corporate scenario is on its way to creating a pipeline of women leaders by diversifying the thinking, coming up with training initiatives and implementing them across the organization for all women executives.

Today, in India, companies like Adobe India, Indigo are not just empowering women by providing them with employee benefits. They have created a work culture that understands and encourages women to be as active as a man by providing them with the necessary training and stimulating their capabilities by enrolling them in women leadership programmes.

One such programme aiming to create a pipeline of women leaders and empowering women executives is the Transitioning into Leadership: A Program for Women Executives. Into its second year, this women leadership programme, launched by IIM-Calcutta, in association with the education infrastructure service of Times Professional Learning, The Second Wind. Programmes like these facilitate them with the required theoretical and practical knowledge, motivating them to be leaders by strengthening their decision-making skills and overall potential.

It is crucial for every organization to develop a work culture that is instilled with the objective of empowering women to be better leaders. With various initiatives of women empowerment taking place across the country, we can definitely say that women empowerment has seen a rise in the corporate scenario in India and this is just the beginning.

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