Ms Bachi Karkaria, editor Times of India, conducted a talk on the topic “Women Entrepreneurs Today— Risk Takers and Change Makers” with Ms Jagi Mangat Panda, co-founder of Ortel Communications and Ms Sanjana Kapoor, co-founder of Junoon, two leading entrepreneurs of the Indian economy. They discussed how empowered women can empower others.
Bachi gave the example of Geraldine Ferraro, the first U.S. female vice presidential candidate and asked whether female leaders feels the pressure to empower others e.g., are they obliged to hire a certain number of women? Jagi is a strong believer in diversification in terms of gender and culture to help with creativity. She has made it mandatory to take at least 2 women out of 10 at the entry point. Women get a chance to be interviewed, however at the interview it’s the merit that counts. Sanjana also feels strongly about celebrating diversity as it helps with creativity. In performing arts it’s the other way round, they have to look for men.
Jagi believes that women work harder and said laughingly that men pretends to work hard and like to hang around the workplace. Women tend to work better in a team. Jagi pointed out that her work also deals with entertainment as they have popularized Jatra through television. Sanjana would like to find ways to partner and learn from each other. Currently they are developing strategic management in the art of theater. In terms of the importance of the political establishment to theater. The Cultural ministry is still not professional and provides grants based on personal contacts. Nurturing, fostering and mentoring is the way to survive long-term.
It was inspiring to hear both Jaggi and Sanjana give examples of how they have been as change makers through their work.