CNBC-TV18 explores what women biz leaders want
The new series, which goes on air from August 11, decodes the various issues and trials and tribulations of the Indian corporate woman
CNBC-TV18 is launching a new series ‘What Women Really Want’, a show that looks at how women today are negotiating the interplay between power, money and balance. The series premieres on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 8 pm.
The series explores if attitudes towards working women have really changed or if diversity councils and the like are just tokenisms to mollify women and keep the old-boys-club intact? Is the 21st century corporation really thinking of how it needs to change so that there are more than just 3 per cent women CEOs in the Fortune 500? Because like Christian Lagarde of the IMF famously said, “If Lehman Brothers had been ‘Lehman Sisters’, today’s economic crisis clearly would look quite different.”
The series will feature business leaders, both men and women: Zia Mody, Co-founder, AZB Partners, admits that at 56 she can do little but internalise the guilt of missing out on her children’s growing up years; Rajshree Pathy, Chairperson, Rajshree Sugars, asks why an ambitious man is cheered on while a lady with the same flair is thought to be a social climber. Global HR Head at Tata Sons, Satish Pradhan, believes that one will start seeing more women in top management only when managers move beyond stereotypes and give women the work that their aptitude deserves, and Karen Quintos, Senior VP & CMO, Dell, says that ‘having it all’ is a possibility only if corporations stop placing the ‘motherhood penalty’ on women and leverage technology to create truly flexible work places that work for both women and men.
The series aims to open a dialogue between successful women CEOs and mid-career professionals struggling with workplace dynamics. CNBC-TV18’s Executive Editor Shereen Bhan talks to women achievers from all walks of life – from Chitra Ramakrishna, Joint MD, NSE; Rupa Kudva, MD & CEO, Crisil; Tessy Thomas of ISRO and India’s first woman Air Marshal, Padmavathy Bandopadhyay, on what it takes to make it to the top. The show presents what corporations like P&G, PepsiCo, Intel, HCL, Deloitte are doing to create equal opportunity platforms and what the latest academic research from Harvard Business Review, McKinsey and Catalyst reveals about what women can do to move up the corporate ladder.
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