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A freelance content writer, S. Sahu was the former editor of TCS's house magazine at Tata Consultancy Services. He developed tech marketing collateral for the company and helped compile and edit books and journal articles on TCS's technology innovations. He also ghostwrites print and online publications.
Prajwala is a Bangalore-based freelance journalist who writes on social issues, stories of human interest, and art and culture, among others.
Rajesh Nanarpuzha is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at IIM Udaipur. Previously, he has worked as a brand manager in Dabur, and as a business consultant in the retail and consumer goods domains at Cognizant and Tata Consultancy Services. Rajesh has an MBA from IIM Indore and a doctorate in marketing from IIM Ahmedabad.
Priyokumar Singh Naorem
He is a passionate UI & UX designer who thrives on creating engaging creative solutions.
A freelance illustrator, artist, graphic novelist and designer. She has designed and illustrated several book covers. Her personal illustrations so far have attempted to seize the fleeting absurdity and mood of places, things and people she encounters in a childlike, intuitive and expressive manner with closure, beauty and innocence – the things that she desires.
She is an artist and an educator who has taught and lectured at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Oxford University, the Victoria and Albert Museum among other institutions. Her installations, paintings, thread work and sculptures have been exhibited in Saatchi Gallery - London, C24 Gallery - New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art – Lyon, among other notable galleries and museums from around the world.
Purna Chandra Mahato
A commerce graduate from Delhi University, Parul pursued a masters in fine arts from Nottingham Trent University in the UK. As an artist, she is interested in line as a subject which has led her to follow architectural lines in built environments. She says she is also interested in how we perceive the environment that we inhabit and what happens when a subtle shift is made in things which we have been used to seeing in a certain way. We present six of her artworks here.
Shweta Malhotra is a graphic artist and designer from Mumbai, based in New Delhi.
After working with ad agencies and design studios for close to 8 years, she branched out on her own and currently works independently.s Her overall design aesthetic is minimal, bold and graphic, a response to the maximalist visual language prevalent in India.
Rithika Merchant (b.1986) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design, New York in 2008. She has exhibited extensively since her graduation. Recent exhibitions include a duo show “Reliquaries: The Remembered Self” at TARQ, Mumbai; “Language of the Birds: Occult and Art” at 80WSE Gallery, New York; and group shows at Summerhall, Edinburgh and Artry Gallery, Kochi. Her work has been included in multiple group shows at Stephen Romano Gallery and The Morbid Anatomy Museum, New York. Born in Mumbai, she now divides her time between Mumbai and Barcelona.
Aniruddh Mehta is an artist based out of Mumbai, India. Trained in graphic design from the London College of Communications, Aniruddh is a self-taught illustrator and currently works as an independent freelance designer. He believes in finding the right balance between art and graphic design. He has worked closely in collaboration with Bhavishyavani Future Soundz, Qilla Records, Taxi Fabric, Adidas, Dell and United Colours of Benetton. He also goes by the moniker, ‘thebigfatminimalist’ and his style ranges from bold minimal forms to more intricate pieces exploring patterns and geometry.
Paramesh is an artist who enjoys working in both the realistic and abstract style of painting. He loves working with water color. Featured in this issue are a set of water color works that he has created exclusively for us on the subject of digital transformation.
Based in Mumbai, Chandrashekhar Thakur is a Senior Art Director and Illustrator at Truebil.com and the Founder of HAPPiNESS For You. He loves working with new styles of art and considers illustration to be his forte. Chandrashekhar has completed his BFA from DY Patil College of Applied Art.
Concept and Direction
Head of marketing at Regalix, Nimish drives research in emerging technologies and customer experience, and takes a keen interest in creative arts.
Danita Belcher is the VP for Global Contact Center Sales at RingCentral, Inc., a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications, video meetings, collaboration, and contact center solutions. Danita is responsible for the global sales and strategy of RingCentral’s Customer Engagement portfolio, working across the organization to sell and deliver world-class collaboration communications solutions. Danita has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software and cloud services. Prior to joining RingCentral, Danita was managing Global Channels and Government sales at Nuance Communications, Inc.
Interviewed by Ritu Josan
// In a recent research study conducted by Grant Thornton, it was reported that only 29% of senior management positions in companies are occupied by women. What are your thoughts on the gender gap in the corporate world?
While there has been progress made to close the gender gap, I think we’d all agree it has been insufficient. As a technology executive, I see a lot of work being done, but it needs to be accelerated and consistent across the entire industry. It’s a real opportunity and one that will benefit everyone.
A recent McKinsey report found that at the beginning of 2020, the representation of women in senior-vice-president positions grew from 23 to 28 percent and representation in the C-suite grew from 17 to 21 percent. This is a start, but there’s more to do. The good news is that organizations are committing to close the gap and making the right investments to improve the workplace and make it more accessible and fair, building a culture where women have equal opportunities to succeed.
I strongly believe this isn’t optional, but it is a journey every business today must make to build the right working environment and develop the right pipeline to find and hire the best talent.
// If you could share one piece of advice with other women in the corporate world, what would it be?
I’ll share two! Firstly, build your network, before you need it. We all have different journeys through our working life, but we all benefit from the advice and experiences of others. Find the right mentors and colleagues and use that network. Secondly, I think women are often reluctant to share their successes and celebrate their victories. I’d encourage all women to be forthright about their wins and achievements with their management and executive teams. We should get out there and create excitement and interest for what we deliver — and remember to help others along the way.
// What steps can organizations take to improve gender diversity across all levels at the workplace?
This has got to be a commitment across the entire organization, baked into the DNA. To begin with, people need to understand the real business benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce. There are many things that need to be focused on, but let’s take just one: hiring. Research shows that ensuring every interview loop is diverse organically increases diversity in an organization. So, if you want to make a start, invest in how you attract talent. Make every single interview loop diverse. You’re already hiring the best candidate you can find, but when you ensure every loop is diverse, you’ll make real progress and find talent you would have otherwise missed.
Other best practices around hiring include:
// How can companies change their work culture and processes to enable more women leaders in senior management?
The first step is a company-wide commitment to diversity and inclusion from the organization’s executives; It starts at the top. Then, you need to mobilize and empower women to have a positive impact within the organization.
RingCentral is lucky to have many Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). These employee-led organizations within RingCentral provide a safe space for employees to connect, support one another, celebrate together, and help provide input to inform major business decisions.
RingCentral has three ERGs specifically focused on women that, all together, form our Women & Allies coalition of ERGs. One of the organizations in that coalition is Women in Leadership. Having this ERG is so helpful as we’re able to keep open and consistent lines of communication to keep a pulse of how we can proactively address any foreseen issues.
// What are your thoughts on remote work processes in your organization?Will this trend continue even after the pandemic is over?
RingCentral has done an amazing job in adjusting to a fully remote work process, and we really embody the “Work from anywhere” mindset. With the help of our incredible product, we’re able to collaborate across all geographies and globalize engagement opportunities for our employees. I think these processes will continue to grow more robust and will become part of RingCentral’s culture, allowing for our employees to have a work-life integration that resonates with them and enriches their experience.
Acknowledge the problem and be open to learning
Roopal Shah, Vice President of Distribution Enablement, Salesforce.org
Equality needs to become a pillar of company culture
Michelle Chiantera, Vice President of Americas Growth Marketing, Global Segments and Industries, and Global Partner Marketing, Cisco Systems
Building professional relationships is key to growth
Linda Palus, Former Global Vice President, Digital Marketing & Ecommerce, NewAge Inc.
Facilitating gender equality in the workplace
Lucille DeHart, Former Director (CRM, Marketing Strategy & Business Development), Bed Bath & Beyond
Eliminating gender bias starts with children
Nicole Summitt, Vice President, Field Marketing & Events, Sprinklr