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Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Investing in Women Led Enterprises

April 19, 2018; Le Meridien, New Delhi

Draft Session Plan
9:15 am - 10:15 am
Inaugural Session

Welcome Address
Brij Mohan , Founding Chairman, ACCESS Development Services & Former Executive Director ,SIDBI

Special Address
Dr. Arvind Mayaram, Former Finance Secretary of India

Inaugural Address
Marina Walter, Country Director, UNDP India

10:15 am - 11:30 am Plenary 1: Scaling Women Led Enterprises – Investing in Ecosystem Strengthening
Women-led enterprises are well-positioned to enhance national prosperity and to contribute to economic growth and development. They present a vast potential for innovation, job creation and economic growth for the country. But barriers to women led enterprises are many; women face obstacles in accessing credit, training, networks and information, market as well as legal and policy constraints. Innovative initiatives to promote women led, women owned enterprises, driven by both the private and public sectors are on the rise. While providing an overview of the current landscape of women led enterprises in the country and the policies and programs that have been put into place to allow women led enterprises to thrive, the session aims to highlight the challenges that women face in scaling up their enterprise and propose potential solutions and enablers. The panel will discuss how opportunities for women led enterprises were shaped by various policies till now, and what further is required.

Clement Chauvet, Chief, Skill and Business Development, UNDP

  • Anna Roy, Adviser, NITI Aayog
  • Jaya Jaitly, Founder, Dastakari Haat Samiti
  • Dr. Megha Phansalkar, World Bank Consultant & Founder Tisser
  • Anuradha Bhavnani, Regional Director ,Shell Foundation
11:30 am - 11:45 am Networking Break
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Plenary 2: Women in New Generation Entrepreneurs break Old Trend
Women-led enterprises have mainly occupied economic niches that are related to “traditionally female” types of activities such as retail, hospitability, services or traditional handicrafts to name a typical few. However, a few inspiring women entrepreneurs are now beginning to secure new opportunities in emerging markets. The session will take a look at a few successful women entrepreneurs, who are changing the game with non-traditional choice of enterprises and out of the box thinking, the challenges they faced along the way and what it took for them to break the glass ceiling.

Anshu Bhartia, CEO, UnLtd India

  • Meenu Vadera, Founder, Sakha Consulting Wings Pvt. Ltd.
  • Anjali Schiavina, Founder, Mandala Apparels
  • Ishira Mehta, Co- Founder, CropConnect
  • Ami Shroff, Managing Trustee, Shrujan
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Break
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Technical Sessions
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Technical Session 1: Workforce Development and Skills Training
Boosting women’s participation in the workforce is an important first step to accelerating economic growth. Investments in skilling women as compared to men have been significantly low. Increased access to skills training, education, and career counseling are powerful means to improving women’s lives, the communities they represent, and their countries’ economic potential. Through this session, stakeholders and innovators in workforce development and training will discuss what works and what more can be done to open doors for women in the workplace.

Eika Banerjee, CEO, Future Learning

  • Gaurav Mehta, CEO and Co-Founder, Dharma Life
  • Nidhi Batra, Head Corporate Strategy and New Initiative, NSDC
  • Indra Mallo, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, MAVIM
  • Radhika Kumari, Associate Vice President, ACCESS Development Services
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Technical Session 2: Access to Market: Unlocking the Potential for Women’s Enterprises
Women led enterprises find it particularly daunting to identify and seize market opportunities. Access to markets is one of the main challenges faced by women led enterprises, in particular for those intending to grow their businesses. Lack of knowledge of markets, their inability to travel to distant markets, incapacity to negotiate in the marketplace and several other impediments have resulted in lack of access to markets a critical challenge for women entrepreneurs. The session will focus on the key impediments in access to market for women led enterprises and identify the range of structural barriers which need to be tackled to expand their access to markets and enable them to grow and scale their businesses.

Shilpa Mittal Singh, Joint Managing Director, Women on Wings

  • Siva Devireddy, CEO, GoCoop
  • Ramakrishnan NK, Co-Founder and CEO, Rang De
  • Kirti Poonia, Head, Okhai
  • Ishteyaque Amjad, Vice President Public Affairs and Communications at Coca Cola India and South West Asia
  • R. Vimala, CEO, UMED - Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Networking Break
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Plenary Session 3: Financing Solutions for Women Led Enterprises
Lending to women led enterprises as a distinct segment is still unexplored in India. Due to a lack of focus and due to a higher perception of risk, formal financial institutions have made little effort to better understand the financing requirements of women owned enterprises. Even in cases where formal institutions have created credit schemes targeted at women enterprises, lack of awareness and limited outreach, especially in rural areas, has meant that the impact is limited. This session aims to highlight the gap in demand and supply of finance for women led enterprises, present the business opportunity in serving women entrepreneurs, and recommend potential interventions by financial institutions to address the lack of access to formal finance for women-led businesses in India. This panel will also focus on alternative sources of financing, including philanthropies, foundations, impact investments and other solutions, helping women entrepreneurs to realize their potential by focusing on atypical capital as an alternative to conventional financing.

Dr. Smita Premchander, Founder Director, SAMPARK

  • Emmanuel Murray, Senior Adviser, Caspian
  • Chetna Gala Sinha, Founder, Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi foundation
  • Sarat Yadav, Deputy General Manager, Rural and Inclusive Banking Group, ICICI Bank Ltd.
  • Smita Mankad, Entrepreneur and Independent Consultant
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Valedictory Session

Summary of Deliberations and Key Recommendations
Smita Premchander, Founder Director, SAMPARK

Special Address
Ronald Van Het Hof, Joint Managing Director, Women on Wings India

Valedictory Address
Sanjeev Asthana, Founder and Managing Partner, I-Farm Venture Advisors & Chairman, ACCESS Development Services

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