Women, Work & More: Mumbai Women’s Network
The Information Technology Solutions (ITS) team in Mumbai recognized a need to proactively support women within the function, and a group of colleagues came together to lay the foundations of Women, Work & More (WWM). The group aims to build and grow an inclusive and empowered network for women within ITS to foster growth, provide equal opportunities, and nurture them to reach their full potential.
The team took the time to strategically develop a plan for the WWM Network, looking at how they could best provide women a platform to talk about range of prominent topics, and support holistic development. They landed on a structured approach, with five core towers of activity: wellbeing, work-life balance, learning & development, mentoring, and philanthropy. Under each of these towers, there will be a diverse range of activity; the team behind the network are keen to ensure they are not limited to typical topics – so, for example, mentoring will not be limited to leaders mentoring more junior colleagues, but will also include younger generations mentoring older women.
The network was recently officially launched with the team in Mumbai. After creating a buzz around the office with teaser posters and specially wrapped chocolates on Valentine’s Day, they had the whole office speculating about what might be happening, resulting in a fantastic turnout for the formal launch event – with the room full to capacity!
For the launch, the team arranged a panel discussion on Stress Management. With speakers including Sanjeev Dali (a Senior Director within ITS at MDLZ) and Mansi Agarwal (Co-founder & CEO, UpSkill Pvt. Ltd), colleagues were given the opportunity to hear authentic messages on how to cope with stress, from different genders and perspectives. These insights and personal accounts then sparked some great discussions within the broader colleague group.
Feedback has been very positive and supportive, and the WWM team were particularly heartened to hear male leaders saying that they absolutely supported the Network and appreciated its value. WWM are now busy planning more exciting events and networking opportunities for their colleagues, and the team is already talking about how they can broaden the scope of the network beyond Mumbai!