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Great Place Inclusion Summit 2021

Friday, 22nd October 2021 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Meet Our 2021 Speakers

Abhinav A. Bindra

India's First Individual Olympic Gold Medalist

Kathy Buckley

An award-winning actress, speaker, and hearing-impaired comedian

Harita Gupta

HEAD Asia Pacific and China, Sutherland

Paul Raddon

General Manager and Global Head of Operationsat HSBC Global Service Centres

Harish Bhat

Brand Custodian AT Tata Sons

Nabamita Banerjee

DirectorPartner (Human) Resources at Tata Starbucks

Harish (He/She)

Head DE&I,Axis Bank

Devika Nair

Senior Manager D&I, CSR, Marketing and Communications at Allegis Group

Manish Sharma

Principal Business Technology ZS Associates

Rajiv Sharma

Senior DirectorPeople and Culture at Aristocrat India Development Center

Sachin Sadashiv Narke (He/Him/His)

Chief Learning Officer, Head- Talent Acquisition, and Unit Head HR at Forbes Marshall

Prasenjit Bhattacharya

Director,Great Place to Work® Institute,India


Great Place to Work® Institute is back with the annual Inclusion Summit which is a leading platform for new voices in the space of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. This year’s theme is “Being a Socially Responsible Brand” – to provoke thinking and action that will help build an inclusive brand for customers and talent.

What inspired the theme?

It goes without saying that the last year has been incredibly challenging for many. Marginalized groups in this country, were even more impacted. Through this Summit, we would hope to recognize and learn from individuals and organizations that were able to remain committed towards Diversity, Equity and Inclusion especially during times when it mattered the most.

What’s new in the Great Place Inclusion Summit 2021

Unveiling India’s Best Workplaces in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 2021

Industry specific insights on how to implement workplace inclusion.

Impact of inclusion on customer and talent retention.

Local & Global thought-leaders who are shaping the evolution of DEI.

2021 Key Speakers


11:00 am - 11:10 am

Welcome Address

Building a Socially Responsible Brand by Yeshasvini Ramaswamy, CEO, Great Place to Work® India

11:10 am - 11:40 am

Opening Keynote: India@75 - Moving from Intent to Action

We bring to center-stage, the eminent role played by people in positions of power, to reduce inequities and improve equality in our society and our country. Speaker: Abhinav A Bindra, India's First Individual Olympic Gold Medalist

11:40 am - 12:00 pm

Case for Affirmative action

What is the definition of merit for a political party in a democracy - winning elections or good governance? The answer is not so simple. Discover why "merit" is a myth and why affirmative action does not need a business justification by Prasenjit Bhattacharya, Founder Director, Great Place to Work® Institute, India

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm

Awards & Research Report Reveal

Great Place to Work® Institute in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) announce the first ever list of India’s Best Workplaces in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

12:40 pm - 1:30 pm

Inclusion Dialogue I: Why are leading brands advocating the need for inclusive practices?

It is a business imperative to retain and grow your customer market. How does Diversity, Equity and Inclusion impact brand perception from a customer’s lens and why are leading brands communicating about and establishing Inclusive practices.

Speakers: Harish Iyer, DEI Head, Axis Bank & Nabamita Banerjee, HR & DEI Head, Starbucks India

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

Diversity Equity & Inclusion industry round-table

Decades of unconscious bias have impacted diversity of talent, infrastructure, and facilities. Learn from DEI practitioners who are not only changing, but transforming their industries. IT/ITES | Manufacturing | Professional Services.

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm

Inclusion Dialogue II: “Building an inclusive employer brand: War for talent”

As new generations enter the workforce and earlier ones grow, the war to retain and attract diversity in talent becomes critical. Psychologically safe spaces that house a myriad of diversity becomes a non-negotiable if we want all colleagues to bring their best selves to work.

Speakers: Harita Gupta, Head, Asia Pacific & China, Sutherland & Paul Raddon, General Manager and Global Head of Operations for HSBC Global service centers

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing Keynote Address: “Building a socially responsible brand - If not me, WHO?

It requires efforts from all of us to move the needle in creating an equal and equitable world where ALL individuals feel respected and can be the best versions of themselves. There are some leaders who have a reputation for keeping this philosophy alive, in all spheres of their interaction and contribution to the society.

Speakers: Mr. Harish Bhat, Brand Custodian, Tata Group

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Immersive Experience on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

A five-time American Comedy Awards Nominee for Best Stand-Up Female Comedienne, Kathy’s keynote speeches about her challenges interweave humor and storytelling to help people bring more compassion to others—and to themselves. Speaker: Kathy Buckley, an award-winning actress, speaker, and hearing-impaired comedian

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Direction for India Inc. in DEI

By Sandhya Ramesh, Head – DEI Practice, Great Place to Work Institute

Meet Our 2020 Speakers

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Raman S. R.

HR Business Partner & Lead – Talent AgilitySAP INDIA

Anita Joshi


Argho Sen


Priyanka Anand


Raj Narayan


Harshvendra Soin

Global Chief People officerTech Mahindra

Anshuman Kumar

Director Global Brand & Corporate CommunicationIntuit India

Prasenjit Bhattacharya

CEO Great Place to Work® India

Sandhya Ramesh

Head Diversity and InclusionGreat Place to Work® India

Devanshi Shrivastava

Software Engineer IIIntuit India

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