2019 Events

March 03rd, 2019 StressWorkshop on Work Ethics and giving Back by Sara Kachwalla

Sara’s session on 3rd March ’19 on “Work ethics and Giving back” was highly appreciated by the final year students. Since each of them would soon be moving into the” world of work” , she started the session stressing on how it was important to move from being an Individual to have the ability to work in a team .
To explain the concept she used KASH as a guideline.

KNOWLEDGE – Be a lifelong learner. And one can do that by cooperating with co-workers, by being adaptable, by sharing one’s own knowledge and by interacting and learning from others

ATTITUDE – Always have a positive attitude. Concentrate on what is going right . Speak up and never be afraid Express yourself and communicate what you are thinking and feeling .

HABITS – Always ensure you demonstrate and cultivate Habits that are appreciated at work Always be punctual. Listen to what others have to say. Greet others cordially. Be appreciative. Ensure good grooming . Always be Grateful.

The session was interactive and with Sara demonstrated each of the points with interesting examples. The first half of the session set the stage for the second half “Giving back” The girls were asked to do a short Gratitude exercise. They were encouraged to think what that were grateful for. Going round robin , each one present had to share something they were grateful for using a letter in the Alphabet . It was an interesting thought provoking exercise. Post the exercise every student was encouraged to share how they would “give back” , either to someone in their immediate circle or family or to society.

Sara made the session a collaborative interesting two hours and each student felt empowered to contribute and “give back”.

February 03rd, 2019 Diversity and Inclusion by Jacintha Jaychandran

Jacintha had her audience riveted yesterday at her session on “Diversity and Inclusion ”

“D and I is a mind-set issue” was the central thread of the talk . With examples solicited from the girls she proved how from childhood we are slotted into certain categories. Girls are supposed to behave in a certain way while expectations from their male counterparts is different. Statistics show that worldwide while women form 75% of the Toppers list in examinations , sadly only 1-4 % reach the top in the world of work .

This situation can change and the young women entering the workforce today for the first time, especially in India, are doing so because they seek “a purpose” to work rather than just working “to meet a financial need “.
Jacintha explained the shift in the ratio of women reaching the top can be done by keeping certain criteria in mind:

a. Women *must* ensure their personal wellbeing by not “sacrificing” on their physical fitness, nutrition and sleep

b. It is imperative that every working woman must have control over her own finances. She must ensure her physical safety as well as emotional stability.( What should I tolerate, what should I not ?)

c. It is important for women to interact and communicate with others at the workplace and show that she is as well informed as her male colleague . She should also seek opportunities to “contribute ” to those around her. Giving several live examples Jacintha demonstrated how “contributing” goes a long way in increasing one’s self esteem.

c. It is important for women to interact and communicate with others at the workplace and show that she is as well informed as her male colleague . She should also seek opportunities to “contribute ” to those around her. Giving several live examples Jacintha demonstrated how “contributing” goes a long way in increasing one’s self esteem.

Jacintha stressed that every woman was responsible to ensure she reaches to the top. She should not be cowed down by societal pressures.

The second half of the session dealt with the concept of 4Gs.

a. Gender – Sensitivity to people of different orientations and being inclusive of them leads to harmony at work

b. In today’s work world often people of 4 GENERATIONS work together. If the older generation brings experience the younger brings energy . Both should learn to be tolerant of the other.

c. GEOGRAPHY- Coworkers can hail from different geographies and therefore different cultures. . It is important to be sensitive to these differences and be respectful of them . She gave several examples to illustrate the point.

d. Generic – Differences can be physical , emotional. The important thing is to remember that tolerance and acceptance contributes to one’s personal growth and wellbeing.

The session was extremely engaging with some of the volunteers present too sharing their points of view . Thank you Jacintha! I am sure the girls had a lot to think about and implement for themselves post your session.