Vedica’s executive education module for personal transformation
Having witnessed the successful personal transformation of women through our 18-month postgraduate programme in management practice and leadership, the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women brings its mantra for success to the corporate world. Its third executive education programme empowers women to take charge of their personal growth, stay in the workforce and realise their professional and personal goals.
Despite increased levels of higher education, the number of women participating in the Indian workforce is on the decline — from 35% in 2005 to 24% in 2018 — making us one of the lowest in the world. How do we reverse this trend? How can we equip ourselves to navigate professional and personal challenges and achieve careers of distinction?
The ‘Taking Charge: Building Resilience’ executive education module, held on 11-13 January 2020, invited participation from women professionals across organisations such as World Bank, Genpact, Nayara Energy, Sembcorp Energy and Pocket Aces. These women were nominated by their organisations who are visibly committed to diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Through a combination of lectures, seminar series, discussions, recording maps, group role plays and simulations, the participants learnt more about enhancing self-awareness, discovering their potential, practising resilience and leveraging interdependence in their personal and professional lives. They worked on topics including self-esteem, failure and rejection, guilt and shame, conflict management, building executive presence, and the mythos of identity.
The faculty included coaching, consultant and visiting faculty Amit Kumar, who led the participants’ personal growth journey. Guest sessions including Bhawani Singh Shekhawat (CEO UK/Europe, Akshaya Patra Foundation) and Sangeeta Murthy Sahgal (Co-Founder, Diversity Dialogs) conducted sessions on identity, authenticity and finding purpose in our professional lives. The participants took away useful lessons on managing their negative emotions, giving and receiving feedback and building on their executive presence.