WEDive Workshops

WeDive:Workshop on Personal Branding


Date:Tuesday, 15 November 2016


Program Conductors:Sairee Chahal,

Session description:
As an entrepreneur, you put in time and effort into crafting a unique, marketable brand for your business - this usually overshadows another important brand that is critical for your business: a personal brand, brand "YOU".
A strong personal brand can open the door to new businesses and career opportunities which is why so many entrepreneurs today invest time in building and curating an authentic presence that highlights their best qualities.
Just like a business brand, as an entrepreneur, your actions, behaviours, online updates, blog posts and photos become a part of your cumulative image and anyone - be it a colleague, a customer or a potential business partner - can form an opinion based on what's there, which may be quite different from what you wish to portray.
This session explores how you, as a woman entrepreneur, can leverage your unique personality traits and technologies to shape your messages and take ownership of how people, customers and other businesses perceive you.

Key takeaways for the audience:
What is a personal brand?
How do you create and package a brand "YOU"?
What media can you use to develop your personal brand?

How can you leverage brand "YOU" to add value to your business?

Sairee Chahal is the Founder, CEO - an online career destination for women. The SHEROES Community has access to high growth career resources, mentorship and support. SHEROES engages with businesses to help them connect with female talent in form of employees, partners, customers and business owners.
Sairee is India's foremost women at work evangelist and earlier co-founded Fleximoms. She is also the Convener, The SHEROES Summit and has been instrumental in bringing businesses and women professionals on a common platform.

Nominated for the Editor's choice for L'oreal Femina Women's Award, she is also a Cartier Women"s Award Initiative for 2012 alumni, a TED speaker, Business Today, Most Powerful Women in Indian Business 2012 and has been featured on shows like Young Turks, Pioneering Spirit and What Women Want. Sairee has been nominated and accepted as an Aspen Fellow - a global leadership fellowship. A believer in work-life redesign, serial entrepreneur, mentor, an occasional writer and mother of an 9-year-old.
Sairee started her career as a journalist with Advertising & Marketing magazine and quickly moved on to set-up world's first daily for mariners -

Sairee has worked in start-up mode as well as in large set-ups in research and consulting capacities. This includes setting up Russia and CIS practice for Heidrick & Struggles HSII and Confederation of Indian Industry Sairee went to Jawaharlal Nehru University for an M.Phil in International Relations and to IMT, Ghaziabad for a PG in business management.

WeDive: Workshop on Leadership

Time: 11:30 - 13:00

Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Venue: Gulmohar

Program Conductors: Rukmini Iyer & Sapna Padmanabhan, BRIDGE Partnership, Hong Kong

Session description:
Leadership is the process of interpersonal influence over the activities of team members towards the achievement of organizational goals in a given situation. In contemporary organizational life, entrepreneurs must work effectively with subordinates, peers and business associates. The success of a business largely depends on the leader�s ability to develop and sustain the team spirit among the people under their care both as a team member as well as a team leader. Women entrepreneurs especially face unique set of challenges in their professional careers. Those who meet these challenges effectively become role models for others. The interpersonal skills for building and working in teams, and for managing conflicts, become essential prerequisites for women entreprenuers as team leaders.

Leadership excellence also lies in understanding the significance of interdependence that exists between an organization and its dynamic socio-economic environment and formulating strategies to manage expectations of key stakeholders besides maintaining a competitive advantage.

The session explores the topic of effective leadership and how it is constantly evolving. The focus will also be on helping participants discover innovative and practical tools than can make them more competent, articulate, creative, credible and inspirational.

Key takeaways for the audience:
To enable participants understand effective Leadership styles.
Understand different types of conflicts and negotiations
Leadership Communication
How to create synergy among groups and build an effective team?

How to manage own styles and orientations, while influencing others as leaders in their teams

Rukmini is a Consultant with BRIDGE in India. She has around 16 years of work experience in organisational transformation and learning, primarily in the Asian markets.
In the initial years of her career, Rukmini was employed with multinational organizations in India and Singapore in roles involving instructional design, organizational development, training and coaching. She then moved on to start a consulting firm in Mumbai in 2008 and has been enjoying the entrepreneurial journey ever since.

She works on projects across the organizational transformation spectrum including visioning, creation and deployment of competency frameworks, design and delivery of assessment centres, facilitating leadership, culture and change management workshops, coaching and e-learning design.
Among the projects that have given her great joy are co-creation of an employability enhancement programme for a Middle Eastern country, introducing a culture of Appreciative Inquiry in a division of an IT MNC, facilitating a culture change initiative in an Indian financial services company and coaching sessions around personal transformation.

Outside of work, Rukmini enjoys studying metaphysics and relishes literature and history surrounding the concept of the Feminine. She is an avid traveler, foodie, blogger and poet. Of late, she has been learning music and finds it fascinating to have her fingers fumbling over the organ keyboard.

Sapna has been in the corporate world for the last eleven years as a full time facilitator. She started with ModiCare as a product trainer and moved on the work with Indigo Airlines as a Customer Support Executive. She was a learning facilitator for Personal & Professional Skills Enhancement with IBM for nine years and is certified to facilitate many soft skills and leadership programmes. With excellent skills to develop and build content based on the need of the organisation,

she is also proficient in the below:

  • Analyse Audience & Environment for Facilitation
  • Apply Adult Learning Principles to Facilitation
  • Apply Coaching Techniques in Learning Environment
  • Maintain Student Motivation
  • Perform as Subject Matter Expert
  • Perform Learning Facilitation

She also specialises in yoga based developmental approach for corporate leaders to handle business responsibilities more confidently. The yoga based programmes are unique in its approach, Igniting the spiritual aspect of human behaviour & existence. Her current book in progress 'The Musings' covers these concepts and gives direction for successful living"

Sapna is also a certified NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programme) practioner.

WeDive: Workshop on WEConnect International Certification

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Venue: Jacaranda

Program Conductors: Parul Soni, Executive Director, WEConnect International in India

Session description:
Established by corporations to provide Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) certification and education outside of U.S., WECconnect International Connects women-owned businesses to global value chains, contributes to Women's economic empowerment through sourcing programs and builds sustainable communities in developed and developing economies.
Supplier inclusion is the emerging trend in India; there is tremendous potential to boost the economic performance of organisations by diversifying the pool of their suppliers. In India, WEConnect has over 75 global corporate members, 11 capacity development and strategic partners, 57 certified women entrepreneurs and over 555 self-registered women entrepreneurs.

This session de-mystifies the registration process for WEConnect, benefits to women entrepreneurs and how they can connect to corporate members and increase their business opportunities.

The Executive Director of WEConnect International in India, Parul Soni, is a renowned speaker, author and a serial entrepreneur, with an in depth understanding of divergent challenges met in the cause of women empowerment. He specializes in social development issues and CSR initiatives globally.
In his role as Executive Director of WEConnect International in India, Parul is responsible for managing in-country operations and creating an inclusive, sustainable and accessible network of opportunities for women's business enterprises.

Parul has worked on a range of development issues, such as Gender inclusion & Entrepreneurship, Child Rights, Corporate social responsibility and bringing aid efficiency in large aid programs. A prominent thought leader in the field of CSR and social development, he has assisted several companies to integrate CSR with their business strategies and promotes Women Entrepreneurship globally.

Parul is the Global Managing Partner of Thinkthrough Consulting a professional services firm that specializes in providing advisory support to social development initiatives He was previously a Partner and the Global Co-leader for Not-for-profit organizations in EY. He has over 19 years of demonstrative experience in providing strategic leadership to large social development programs at regional; country and Global level with national and international organizations.

WeDive: Workshop on Social Media Outreach - How to use the internet & social media to grow your business 10x?

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Venue: Gulmohar

Program Conductors: Amit Agarwal, Founder, WhizKidz Media, Former Youtube India Head and Misbah Ashraf, Product Evangelist

Session description:
This session will comprise a 45 minute discussion about a entrepreneurs can develop their businesses 10x using Social Media, followed by a Q&A session for 30 minutes.
This will be followed by a 45 minute growth clinic for three start-ups who will be shortlisted basis applications received in advance.
The growth clinic will:

  • Identify & Solve growth hurdles - strategy (35 minutes)
  • Equip founder with tools for next steps - tools (5 minutes)
  • Milestone definition to simplify the goal - plan (5 minutes)

In order to apply to be part of the growth clinic, please forward your applications to with details on:

  • Your business name and concept
  • Vision and growth plan
  • Current turnover and number of employees
  • Founder details

Current media strategy

Amit is an ex-Googler and startup evangelist. As YouTube India Head earlier, he set up YouTube's India content network from launch to the 2nd largest business globally for Google in less than 3 years. He grew it from scratch to 100 M USD revenue business. He also worked in a leadership role for YouTube's South East Asia.
Post Google, he founded India Goes Global with a vision to help startup founder grow their businesses leveraging growth engineering principles practices by Google.
Amit is Founder/CEO at WhizKidz Media Pvt Ltd, where is looking to disrupt the space of pre-school learning.

Misbah is a Product Growth Evangelist who has previously founded Cibola, a payment venture after dropping out of college with his friends from IIT Delhi. He has worked previously with startups on Product and Growth, helping them to build product having growth coefficient from the first day of launch. He has worked with startups in 3 continents. He has launched different products successfully and grew from 0-100k user base in a month without spending a penny on marketing.
Currently, he consults startups from Silicon Valley on their product and growth strategies.

Amit & Misbah have come together now to launch an initiative under India Goes Global, where they are on a mission to help entrepreneurs to take their ventures further and faster.

Power to Women's Safety - (For Women Participants Only) Workshop on Women's Safety Against Crime, Violence & Psychological Empowerment Against Sexual Harassment/Abuse

Time:14:00 - 16:00

Date:Tuesday, 15 November 2016


Program Conductors:Franklin Joseph, Safety Empowerment Specialist & Founder, Indian Institute of Special Tactics And Combat Science & Power To Women Safety Empowerment Workshops

Session description:
Criminals don't follow rules of Martial Arts, or deter you from using traditional martial art tricks, nor spare you afterwards. Guru-ji Franklin Joseph ('Dr. Safety') will give a brief introduction into Krav Maga Special Tactics & Combat Science on how to turn various weaknesses like fear, physical size issues etc. into strengths by harnessing your own inherent protective tool. The workshop will also briefly touch upon subjects like 1) how to deal with sexual harassment where violence is not an option 2) how to escape sexual assault where violent fatality is a possibility.

The Workshop, apart from teaching new scientific tactical solutions also focuses on factors like Fear of Possible Threat, Stress of a Surprise Attack, Panic under Fatigue, Freezing under Shock of Violence, Unpredictability of Multiple Attackers / Weapons, etc. The workshop aims at teaching a different level of Combat Science - How to create Situational Awareness to help Prevent & Avoid most common threats in sexual harassment & Special Tactics on how to escape from sexual assaults ranging from low level threats to a fatal threats from both known as well as unknown attacker or attackers.

 Key takeaways for the audience :

Easy to learn & replicate, reflex-action based instinctive real-life scenario-based training designed for women of any age, size & strength.
Awareness of latest crimes
Survival Mindset

Conflict Stress Management
Understanding a predator's game plan and how to defeat it.
Self-realization of one's own physical power

Neuro-Science Positive Emotions and Intervention tactics to stabilize and raise one's level of DHEA-a "I-have-the-power" hormone.

Recognize Pre-Conflict Indicators and be Aware of Post-Conflict Dangers.

Pre-Assault Situational Awareness
and Conflict Prevention from being chosen a victim via attitude, body posture etc.

Risk avoidance
" against domestic violence, kidnapping and sexual abuse.

Franklin Joseph ('Dr. Safety') is a Women / Child Safety Empowerment Specialist, Founder of Indian Institute of Special Tactics And Combat Science & conductor of Workshops for corporates. He is also the Founder & Chief Instructor in BadAzz Krav Maga Self Defense Military Combat Academy, Bangalore, teaching Israeli Military Self Defense system Krav Maga.

His research, training modules and workshops are empowered by his 25 years struggle with trauma of sexual abuse and street violence born in the street slums of Delhi. From 2004, he incorporated technical training in Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense in Delhi and has been trained by legends like Master Vicky Kapoor, Avi Moyal, Eyal Yanilov, Shlomi Moyal, Gabi Noah, Amnon Darsa etc. As a senior instructor under Mr. Vicky Kapoor, he imparted tactical training to Military, Police and Special Forces.

He recently conducted a corporate workshop - '' - Women's Safety Awareness, Psychological Empowerment against Crime, Violence and Sexual Harassment & Abuse. He has been invited as a guest lecturer on various occasions by schools, colleges and universities across India. He is regularly featured on various TV Channels on the subject of women's safety.

WeDive: Workshop on Creating Employment Opportunities, Enabling Entrepreneurship & Bridging the Information Gap - Disha Project

Time: 11:30 - 13:00

Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Venue: Gulmohar

Program Conductors: Clement Chauvet, Mita Broca, Vandana Verma, Dr. S.K. Shanthi

Session description:
Disha is a multi-partner collaborative project that works to help vulnerable women in India learn marketable skills and then connect them to income opportunities. It regularly convenes stakeholders across different sectors in India to co-develop solutions to overcome the remaining barriers for women's entry and success in the workforce. At ThinkBig, Disha will facilitate a 'deep-dive' with summit participants to assess the current ecosystem that women entrepreneurs operate in, and how different actors can work together to boost access to skills and financial resources, bridge information gaps, create market linkages, and provide mentorship to enable business owners to succeed.
Workshop Objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the Disha project and partners among ThinkBig participants
  • Facilitate a discussion among women business leaders, government, financial institutions, corporations, non-profit organisations, investors and thought leaders to collaboratively tackle systems challenges to women entrepreneurs' success in Karnataka
  • Develop a shared understanding of the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs, particularly those operating in rural settings
  • Collectively identify strategies for action and potential projects for Disha and partners to scope and lead in Karnataka
11.30-11.40 Welcome

-Short introduction to Disha and its projects (Mita, Vandana)
-Workshop overview and outcomes; instructions for breakouts (Liby, Cole)


Topic-specific breakout sessions


Participants break out to different discussion stations to focus on one facet of the women's entrepreneurship ecosystem. Suggested topics:

  1. Access to finance
  2. Customer awareness & access (product demand, product specs, volumes, quality standards, markets)
  3. Linking into supply chains
  4. Information gaps, awareness, and access to skills
  5. Incubation and mentoring
  6. Family & community: barriers and support systems


One-two entrepreneurs will be pre-assigned to each breakout group. At the start of the session, the entrepreneurs will recount a short vignette (5 mins) about a problem they face as a business owner that relates to the business topic.

A Disha facilitator at each breakout station will then guide participants through a process of:
  1. Asking a series of questions designed to map the current landscape of support structures, barriers, resources etc regarding the topic
  2. Identify the tensions, weaknesses, or missing links in this ecosystem that have contributed to the problems shared by the entrepreneurs
  3. Develop 2-3 possibilities for collaborative interventions that will address these issues
  4. Select 1-2 proposed solutions to develop more fully and prepare to report back to plenary
Facilitators: Liby, Chandran, Hemu, Ouyang, Joao, Cole (TBC)

12.25-13.00 Plenary reporting back and discussion

-Representatives from each breakout group give 5-minute reports back to the plenary (Liby, Cole)

-Brief inclusions and takeaways (Clement, Shanthi)


Clement Chauvet , Chief Skills and Business Development, UNDP

Since August 2015, Clement Chauvet has been a project coordinator for UNDP in India, managing the IKEA Foundation-funded Project Disha.Prior to his assignment with UNDP, Mr Chauvet worked as a regional resource mobilisation and partnership advisor for UNFPA's Eastern Europe and Central Asia bureau, based in Istanbul. Before this, he served as the resource mobilisation chief for the UNICEF India Country Office from 2008-13, based out of Delhi. He also worked as fundraising manager for UNICEF in Manila, Philippines, and Paris, France. He started his career in the development sector as a project coordinator for a credit and savings cooperative network in the suburb of Manila in 2002. Mr Chauvet holds an MBA in international economics from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), France.

Mita Broca , Senior Advisor , Xynteo

Mita Broca joined Xynteo as an Analyst in February 2013 in Oslo. She holds a Bachelor degree in Botany and a Masters in Environmental Studies from TERI University, New Delhi. She also has a Masters in Industry Ecology from NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. Previously she has worked in the area of sustainable waste management as an Assistant Manager in the Alternative Fuels & Raw Materials department at Geocycle in India. She has had internships at Yale Office of Sustainability in New Haven, Statoil Research Center in Trondheim and MiSa AS in Trondheim where she established life cycle inventory models and conducted environmental impact studies. In Xynteo, she is currently leading a project which aims to improve the quality of life for India's women through skills and education.


Dr. S.K. Shanthi

Dr. S.K. Shanthi is the head of IDF and is currently involved in spearheading many research initiatives. In addition, she also heads the funded projects from IDF's end. Her main role is that of a teacher and researcher. As part of holding the chair, she also conducted annual research conference on topics covering the financial sector and the Indian economy.


Vandana Verma , Programme Director , IKEA Foundation

Ms Verma is Programme Director at the IKEA Foundation. She joined IKEA in 2001 and oversees a portfolio of partners with a main emphasis on Asia. She fosters new and innovative thinking, oversees programme development and is responsible for some of the Foundation's largest global partnerships. In an additional role, she supports IKEA business teams in South Asia on issues pertaining to the prevention of child labour. Prior to joining IKEA, she worked with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), the World Bank and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on issues such as the competitiveness of Indian export industries, child labour and women's entrepreneurship in more than six Asian countries. An economist by training, Ms Verma is an Indian native who lives in Delhi with her two children.


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