HR Symposia 2019, one of the most awaited events of MBA (HRD) Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics kick-started on 14thSeptember 2017. The theme for HR Symposia 2019 was ‘HR for the boardroom: Power and possibilities’.
The first day of the two-day extravaganza commenced with the inaugural lamp lighting ceremony by Dr. RK Singh, Head, Department of commerce, Delhi school of Economics along with Dr. VK Shrotriya, course coordinator, MBA (HRD).The panel also had Mr. D.V. Shastry, GAIL, Executive Director; Mr. Dhananjay Singh, National HRD Network, Director General and Mr. Sandeep Chatterjee, Accenture Strategy, Principal Director.
The inaugural session was focused on enlightening the students about how the people’s issues are the boardroom issues and how HR in the boardroom is less of power and lot of possibilities.
PANEL DISCUSSION I : BOARDROOM PRIORITIES – HR PERSPECTIVE
We had the pleasure of hosting Ms.Vasudhara Srivastava (Sr. VP HR – Xceedance) , Mr. Akshay Mathur (Regional Head TA – S&P Global) , Ms. Nupur Girdhar (Circle Head HR – Bharti Infratech) Mr. Raj Gupta (GM HR – Tata Consultancy Services), Mr. Ashutosh Sharma (Global Head HR – Pearl Global Industry) and Ms.Anita Pratap (Function Head, Global Performance Management – Tech Mahindra) for our first panel discussion in HR Symposia 2019. The discussion began on a strong note that There no separate HR agenda in a boardroom there is only Business agenda. The panel went on discussing that HR becomes imperative in business because businesses look upto HR professionals to do the good as well as bad job. They spoke about being futuristic and create an opportunity cost and ROI at whatever we do. They also focused on the concept of learn- unlearn and relearn. The panel highlighted the fact that change is the only common thing right now in businesses. A true leader is the one who can adapt to the changes and lead others towards the change as well. It was a great learning opportunity and an enriching experience for the students.
Speaker session 1:
The first speaker session of HR Symposia 2019 was taken by Mr. Sumit Neogi (V P HR – Reliance Industries Ltd.) on Expanding roles of HR Leaders – Beyond People, Towards Businesses. He explained how important it is to set up the right kind of expectations out of your role as an HR manager. He said that the biggest struggle for HR is earning Credibility of people around them, to be the most profitable organisation, the organisation has to invest in its people first. He also discussed a few questions related to various case studies with the students. His session was full of energy and students enjoyed listening and discussing with him.
Panel discussion2: Workplace Mindfulness
We had with us Ms. Rashmi Mansharamani (CHRO – Wave Infratech), Ms. Kanika Mathur (AVP-HR – Encore Capital , Ms. Monisha Sharma Nandy (Sr Manager HRD – Dassault systemes) Ms. Sonali Misra (Head HR – Bain & Company), Mr. Rohit Shenoy (AVP-HR – Sterlite) , Ms. Ruchira Garg (Director,India ERC and Business Partnering – Adobe) and Prof. V.K. Shrotryia (Course Cordinator MBA(HRD Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics) in panel discussion in which they talked about the workplace mindfulness. The discussion began with introspection about our own nature and biases. The panellists emphasised that a lot of us hold unconscious biases in our mind which must be dropped in order to move ahead in productive manner. It was also said that there are very few organisations that are taking care of mindfulness at workplace today in India and there is a need for the organisations to become aware. The benefits of mindfulness like, it increases the ability to do focused work and accelerates Innovation were highlighted. They also focused on the fact that relationships can never be replaced by technology thus no matter how quickly the technological advancements take place they will not be able to replace the human relationships.
Panel discussion 3
The panel included Sanjeev Parkar, Senior Director, PwC, Satyajit Mohanty, CHRO, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electicals ltd., Biju Sebastian, VP Corporate HR, Somany Ceramics ltd., Raman Angra, Head HR, Fresenius Kabi Topic for the panel was HR competence at digital workplace they all gave insights about how digitilization is taking over the corporate world and what are the skills required by and HR to go along with the ever changing technology.
They talked about our approach to the changes that are taking place and how we need to reinvent ourselves to be able to tackle the needs that are arising. They shared many anecdotes which gave everybody of how the work environment has changed and also shed some light on how automation is taking over their own workplace and how the roles of an HR are changing.
SPEAKER SESSION 2
GAGAN ARORA (Head of E commerce, Cheil Worldwide)
Topic – Integrating HR during growth phase
Another enlightening session on day 2 which took us through the journey of finding our core values which will pave our path for the future. He gave insights on future leadership skills which is not linear and rather dynamic. He explained how we cannot tread on a written set of rules as we have to look at every event in perspective of the team we are working and then take decisions. He talked about how we should not highlight somebody’s failure but inform them what they can do with it.He also talked the importance of HR to any company and also gave pointers on ‘How to convince anybody to join a startup’. In the end he answered to many queries put forward by the students.
Speaker session 2
Rajiv Naithani (SVP & Global HR Head, Infogain India Pvt. ltd.)
Topic – HR being strategic boardroom partner
Another great session which started off with him asking the thoughts of the students on some questions pertaining to the topic. He then gave insights on how HR can be a boardroom partner and explained the hats that an HR has to wear through his job. He highlighted the importance of HR and told how HR is a huge machine with huge influence at any organisation. He explained how the practices followed by any business has to be different and can’t be something some other company follows. He also touched upon various aspects like differential strategy, organic & inorganic growth and relationship captial to name a few.
Panel Discussion 4:
Ekta Bhardwaj, Head HR, Nissan Motors
Raju Foujdar, Group CHRO, Aqualite
Dhiraj Tripathi, Regional Head, Hero Motocorp
Dev Mani Pandey, GM HR, Metro Cash & Carry
Topic – Leadership Agility and Managing Uncertainty
This was the last panel discussion which was taken up by some great panelists. They gave insights on how HR has to be the most agile function in any organisation. They explained how no one can feel settled at any stage and how one has to reflect upon their skills after sometime. They enlightened us about the business is uncertain and one has to be on his/her toes to cope up with the every change and tackle situations that may arise. They shared many anecdotes which gave us the better understanding of the topic. They also talked about how HR is transforming and becoming quite in sync with the business requirements.
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