HR Showcase 2021 Information of Event Schedules

9:45 – 10:15

Opening Keynote

The workplace transformation, we are certain, will be an amalgamation of complex, changing and competing forces. Some of these forces may be certain but the speed at which some can unfold may be hard to predict. A McKinsey survey has found that the post-pandemic era has speeded the adoption of digital technologies by several years & many of these changes could be there for the long haul. Another interesting find by PWC talks about how 60% surveyed across India, UK, US, China & Germany think ‘few people will have stable, long-term employment in the future’. With the world and organizations changing rapidly than ever, let’s hear from our Keynote speaker on areas such as the changing dynamics of work, culture, leadership in this post-pandemic era or the hybrid world.



10.15- 11.00

Embracing Hybrid with Head, Heart and Soul

Once in a generation, Leaders may have the opportunity to redesign work the way we can. Our leaders are putting their Head, Heart & Soul into designing Hybrid models, while employees are still re-evaluating their relationship with work, what will the end result look like ?A recent report by McKinsey shows that Majority of the Workforce (62%) pre-pandemic preferred Fully On Site work model, whereas Majority of the Workforce (52%) post-pandemic prefer Hybrid work model. The report also highlights the fact that a hybrid model is more complicated than a fully remote one and at scale, using it will be an unprecedented event in which all kinds of norms will be put to the test. Join us for a session on designing the next Hybrid Operating Model, Empathizing with the Workforce, Embracing the test of agility and learning culture & more!


Aarif Aziz


Dr.Krish Shankar


Shalini Pillay

11:15 - 12:00

Agile Talent Management Strategies for Changing Workplace Reskilling Our Workforce for Success Including Exploring GIG

Call it an aftermath of a widespread pandemic or an opportunity to look at the way Talent is attracted, developed and retained. Reskilling of Talent and shift towards GIG culture are the two key aspects that would feature into the vision of every organization. Welcome to the most demanding ‘Reskilling phase’ of the century! Whether it is due to demographic shifts or gradually increasing demand along with decreasing supply of talent; talent management practices through reskilling have evolved over the years to cater to organization-specific trends. The World Economic Forum estimates that over half of all employees (54%) will require ‘significant’ reskilling by 2022. As demand for new capabilities gathers pace, reskilling and upskilling comes to the rescue of the organizations. It lets them remain in the battlefield by being competitive. Organizations such as Airbnb, Grofers, Ola cabs and likes have meaning fully implemented agile Talent management techniques through reskilling and made the most of GIG culture. Owing to On-demand platforms based on the digital economy and ease of work based on convenience, in the economy created a new labor force characterized by independent and contractual labor and thus the GIG culture popped up in the last few decades, and this trend accelerated during the 2020 economic crisis. Join the session to find out if all of this is at its peak, can organizations even imagine staying silent when it comes to reskilling of talent and its GIG culture!


Somnath Baishya


Chaitanya Sreenivas (Chinni)

12:00 - 12:30

Embedding Learning Agility into Our Organizations

As we imagine a future after COVID-19, we have a chance to make some very different choices about work. While digital skills also gain importance, human skills like resilience, adaptability, innovation, and empathy also become more important than ever. LinkedIn’s 2020 workplace learning report showed that L&D continues to garner both budget and buy-in. There is a lot of research to see how learning is evolving and the factors influencing how we learn. These factors include new discoveries in brain science on how people learn, trends such as human and machine interaction, and advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Join the session to listen to L&D leader’s view on how to be mindful of all the factors and looking at redesigning learning from three lenses: Learner, Content, and Enablers.


Ann Ann Low


Alphonsa Mathai

12:30 - 13:00

Designing Future Workplaces for Innovation, Productivity & Engagement

We have come a long way from cubed seating workspace to unique & quirky lively workspace that incorporates homely feels into office space, encourage collaboration/ innovation. Covid has accelerated hybrid workspace with a blend of office workspace supported by technology and work from home/ co working models. Employers are reimagining the future workplace that aligns with their organization strategy. Employee wellness & safety is no longer good to have, instead a baseline. What does the future of workplaces hold for us – let’s get a sneak peak in this session!


Megha Awasthy

14:00 - 14:30

Neuroscience of Building Belongingness

A recent research has shown that when employees feel that they belong to a team or organization, they will not only tend to perform better, but also experience higher levels of engagement and well-being. But the feeling of belonging at work has become challenged over the past year as we’ve shifted away from in-person interactions and found ourselves relying on video calls and screen activities to stay connected. As the experience of culture has become more diffused, elusive, and subjective, how can senior leaders foster a greater sense of belonging among employees? The feeling of emotional belonging among employees has undeniably been proven to be a magnet that keeps people together longer. More importantly, keeps them engaged and productive together longer. But, how do we ensure emotional belongingness in the future? Can we even create a sustainable model for emotional belongingness? Join the session to know more!


Biju Dominic

14:30 - 15:15

Evolving Our Leadership DNA - Managers a Critical linchpin the Transformation?

Today’s leader have never been under so much pressure. Last 18 months have completely transformed the way we work. The disruption is massive – rising demand for talent, changing business dynamics, employee burnout, mental wellness, hybrid workplace. While the world of work is undergoing such massive changes one factor that makes employees stick with an organization is Job satisfaction. A study by McKinsey states that Relationship with the management is top factor for employee job satisfaction. Unfortunately research also shows, 75% survey participants state that the most stressful aspect of their job is immediate boss. The lasting impact managers can make in individual careers is profound. Organizations are at a crucial juncture to understand the rising significance of managers role and better equip them with new age leadership skills – empathy, compassion, vulnerability, creating belonging and connecting individuals purpose to organization goals which will drive the transformation effortlessly. Join us to learn from the experts about the critical mindset and skill set to enable the future ready managers.


Prem Velayudan


Tarun Varma


Rajita Singh

15:15 - 15:45

Redesigning Reward for Anywhere - Trends & Insights

“In an increasingly challenging global market, the organization’s adaptability to find new ways to reward excellent work and engage new sources of talent will continue to be critical for sustaining innovation and growth.
One of the recent employee engagement surveys supports this claim. In comparison with non-thriving employees, engaged employees perform 27% better overall and 89% better on innovation. Also, they are 79% more committed to the organization. Today, as the war to retain talent escalates, an organization’s focus to value their employees has become much more important than ever. It is much more about creating an experience and making them feel valued and relevant. Let’s hear from our speakers on their take on this critical segment of the HR fraternity. ”


Godelieve van Dooren

16:00 - 16:45

Great Resignation" Wave - Time to redesign our EVP's

A record number of employees are quitting or thinking about doing so. A recent study conducted by AON found the average attrition % in India to be 20%, and the IT sector is seeing a trend of 24.4% (highest of all!) According to the U.S. Department of Labor, during the months of April, May, and June 2021, a total of 11.5 million workers quit their jobs. An article from McKinsey mentioned that 40% of employees state that they are “somewhat likely” to leave their jobs in the next 3-6months. And, about 53% employers say that they are experiencing greater turnover, and most expect the problem to continue or worsen over the next 6 months. As the ‘Great Resignation’ continues to rock companies across industries, employers are searching for answers. Organizations that take the time to learn why—and act thoughtfully—will have an edge in attracting and retaining talent. The Great Attrition is real, will continue, and may get worse before it gets better. Yet this unique moment also represents a big opportunity – what can we do to seize it and make the changes that employees want?! Join the sesion to find out more!


Sudeep Ralhan


Raksha Agrawal


Sahil Nayar

16:45 - 17: 30

Inclusion Outlook for the Future

The idea of diversity and inclusion has permeated the world of business. As the world moves ahead, the workplace will evolve — not just in terms of technological revolution, but also in terms of its human composition. Diversity and Inclusion have always been important but now as business and talent leaders gear up for the future of work, the need to create inclusive workplaces has further increased. It’s well known that companies that are more inclusive are more productive, more efficient and give better returns to shareholders. A report by BCG shows that companies that have more diverse management teams have 19% higher revenue due to innovation. Yet as per another Mckinsey research, 39% of the respondents say they have turned down or decided not to pursue a job because of a perceived lack of inclusion at an organization. Join the session to understand and implement the best in class inclusion practices find out why they are of utmost importance especially as we pay our path in the hybrid hyper growth market.


Deepti Varma


Madhumitha Venkataraman

17: 45- 18: 30

Fun with Stand Up Comedy

“Rupen is a writer, content creator, trainer and a professional communicator. He has written digital content for brands, short pieces of comedic fiction as well as serious non-fiction. He also conducts leadership workshops for college graduates entering the workplace.
Apart from this he is a podcast host to, The Right Room, listed by Apple as ‘New and Noteworthy’. Rupen is also a professional stand-up comedian who has done over 100 shows across the country. Join us for a fun filled evening, Stand Up Comedy Show!”


Rupen Paul

9:30 - 10: 15

Tech Platform to Leverage the H In HR ?

Artificial intelligence powered by Analytics is declared as “the coolest job of the 21st century” ! The chance to design a better world does touch each one of us at personal purpose level. Technology today has become the backbone to design a more meaningful human interaction – be in terms of friendly chatbots, interpreting employee feedback & trend, gamifying our learning etc ! As technology platforms and capabilities supporting digital transformation have evolved multifold we are leveraging the same in building & sustaining the wow experience for all our stakeholder by moving the needle from data to information to actionable insights. At the current times of virtual chaos, from Startups to established organizations, every organization is doing its best to make their data talk in this virtually dispersed world! We have data! We have knowledge! We have insights! Then What’s next! What’s next in fully leveraging the Technology in the current hybrid world! Join the session to find out more!


Anand Kabra


Parag Pande

10:15 - 11:00

Mental Wellness how we Institutionalize in Our Organizations

At a time when we bring so much of ourselves to work, mental health is still something we don’t like talking about at the office. What if we objectively create a work environment where employees feel comfortable expressing mental health conditions – Would it improve the workplace experience? Reduce absenteeism and increase productivity? An article from Harvard business review stated that nearly 200 million workdays are lost due to mental health conditions each year ($16.8 billion in employee productivity) yet, almost 60% of employees have never spoken to anyone at work about their mental health status. The study also found that less than half of the respondents felt that mental health was prioritized at their organization – What can we do more to change this around? Find out more in the session!


Sunita Wazir


Shalini Nataraj

11:15 - 12:00

Demystifying Sketch Notes

Based on the various researches on learning styles, humans are considered more inclined towards auditory or visual learning. Some prefer listening to podcasts and some read/visualize articles and learn from those. Interesting isn’t it how different types of brain adapts to different styles. Sketch noting, also commonly referred to as visual notetaking, harnesses the creative and graphic process through which an individual can record their thoughts with the use of illustrations, symbols, structures, and texts. It increases and improves the power of an individual’s creativity and learning. Imagine how interesting it would be when you can visualize Insights and Sketch notes on Leadership, Learning, and Change in order to execute them ! Join the session to learn how to Sketch Note from an Expert!


Tanmay Vora

12:00 - 12:30

Finding Mindfulness Amidst Digital Madness

To say it was an unprecedented year would be an understatement. So many of the pillars keeping us sane have been toppled: we’re confined to our homes, unable to see many of the people we love; money and health worries abound; the news is like a disaster movie; our sleep is disrupted. Not only is the pandemic beyond our control, but there is no clear, identifiable end point. Against a constant stream of distractions, a moment of presence helps us make a conscious choice about what to focus on next—and to be less reactive when our emotions get triggered. Mindfulness can give us some calm as we embrace using technology more to make the best of our circumstances. Perhaps more than anything, though, our mindfulness practice reminds us to stay curious toward all that we meet in our experience whilst living innumerable parallel lives through glass screens. Join this practical session on Mindfulness!


Nimish Singhania

14:00 - 15:00

Speed Mentoring

Speed mentoring is a series of short, focused conversations about specific questions. These conversations involve a one-on-one interaction between a mentee and mentor. The mentee rotates to several mentors during an allotted amount of time to obtain the information they are looking for. These 60 minutes will give all our attendees a stellar opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s best 1×1.
Join us for this unique and insightful series of Speed mentoring sessions with our coveted and esteemed line up of industry experts.

15:15 - 16:00

Inspire Us! - Keynote: Sindhu Gangadharan’s Journey to Fortune Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

Sindhu has been front and centre of some remarkable transformations, be it in the core technology and platform area or as the leader leading SAP recovery from the COVID crisis creating humongous impact for India. She has changed the face of employee, stakeholder and customer experience by driving innovation and leveraging technology. In today’s world where each one of us is struggling to find our true purpose, her journey is an inspiration we can learn from !


Sindhu Gangadharan

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