Livelihoods India

Breaking the Glass Ceiling:
Investing in Women Led Enterprises

About Livelihoods Asia

Established initially as the Livelihoods India Initiative, ACCESS Development Services set up this platform in order to understand and assess the key issues and challenges that the poor face in sustaining their livelihoods and microenterprises and also to craft a vision and strategy for moving them from subsistence to sustainable levels.

Livelihoods India was initiated in 2010 as a national platform to bring together diverse stakeholders on a single platform to discuss critical issues that impede and afflict the livelihoods of the …


Speakers at the Conference

Megha Phansalkar

CEO and Founder


Anuradha Bhavnani

Regional Director

Shell Foundation

Clement Chauvet

Chief, Skill and Business Development


Vipin Sharma


Access Development Services

Anshu Bhartia



Anjali Schivania


Mandala Apparels

Ishira Mehta

Co- Founder


Amy Shroff



Eika Banerjee


Future Learning

Gaurav Mehta

CEO and Co-Founder

Dharma Life

Nidhi Batra

Head Corporate Strategy and New Initiative


Indra Mallo

Vice Chairman and Managing Director


Namrata Wakhloo

VP CSR & Sustainability

United Colors of Benetton

• Siva Kumar Reddy



RamakrishnanCo-Founder and CEO, Rang De

Co-Founder and CEO

Rang De

Kirti Poonia



Ishteyaque Amjad

VP Corporate Affairs

Coca Cola India

• Vijayalakshmi Das


FWWB India

• Emmanuel Murray

Senior Adviser


Smita Mankad

Entrepreneur and Independent Consultant

Meenu Vader


Sakha Consulting Wings Pvt.

Shilpa Mittal Singh

Joint Managing Director

Women on Wings India

Smita Premchander

Founder Director


Ronald Van Het Hof

Joint Managing Director

Women on Wings India

Yaduvendra Mathur

Additional Secretary

NITI Aayog

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Investing in Women Led Enterprises

As a new initiative, ACCESS will organize several one day conferences on specific themes throughout the year. The idea is to bring together a pool of thought leaders working around the theme and delve on it in some detail. The first thematic conference under the banner of Livelihoods India proposed by ACCESS will focus on women empowerment through enterprises styled as “Breaking the Glass Ceiling- Investing in Women Led Enterprises. Engaging half a billion women with gainful employment opportunities particularly poor women has a transformative potential for a greater inclusive India.

ACCESS and Women on Wings have come together to partner in bringing stakeholders to exchange ideas, insights and experiences on promoting sustainable women led community enterprises. While the conference will celebrate the accomplishment of women entrepreneurs, it will also aim to highlight critical gaps that need to be met to create an enabling environment within which more women are able to break the glass ceiling. Both ACCESS and Women on Wings bring over 10 years of experience, committed to developing poor and rural communities and seeing women as agents of change. The conference will be held in Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi on Thursday April 19, 2018.

Corporate Commitment to Communities Share Fair

Corporate Commitment to Communities Share Fair is a marketplace for exchange of experiences, information, and networking amongst corporates, social enterprises, not-for-profits and other delegates.

The Share Fair offers the sector significant benefits including:
  • Providing two-way information sharing opportunity through one-to-one discussions between Corporates, Social Enterprises and NGOs
  • Opportunity for NGOs to pitch for CSR partnerships
  • Opportunity for corporates enhance their NGO outreach
  • Products/ Services promotion for corporates, NGOs and other delegates

Business booths will also be available at the Share Fair for bilateral discussions among stakeholders

Sponsors and Partners

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