An Exuberant Day of Lubrizol Presents Women of Vision Summit & Awards 2021 by Realty+
The Women of Vision Summit & Awards 2021 on 8th March was a power pact day filled with mesmerizing moments to cherish. Women leaders from across the industries shared their extraordinary journey to inspire other women. This noble initiative was conducted on the “International Women’s Day” to acknowledge women leaders and their journey in the real estate and construction sector.
The summit started with welcome address by O’Neil Pinto, Senior Business Director, EMEA+ South Asia, TempRite® stating how Women leaders are changing the world as we see today. “When women take top leadership positions they bring about a change in the culture of an organization. The success story of Indian women right from Mary Kom to Saina Nehwal just to name a few clearly illustrates how girls with dreams become women with vision.”
Continuing with the visionary words, the first panel discussion titled “How Women are shaping the future of the construction industry?” consisting of Dr Ananta Raghuvanshi, Senior Executive Director, Experion Developers. Prerna V. Mehta, Head, Urban Development, Sustainable Cities – WRI India, Sheetal Bhilkar, MEP Consultant, Urja Building Services Consultants Pvt.Ltd., Sheetal Rakheja, Managing Partner AEON Design & Development, Sheila Sri Prakash – Founder and Chief Architect, Shilpa Architects Planners Designers, Sumit Neogi – HR Director – South Asia & Middle East, The Lubrizol Corporation. Dr. Sunita Purushottam, Head – Sustainability -Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd highlighted the powerful professional journey of each speaker to inspire other women to come forward and be part of real estate and building materials industry. The speakers were also of the view that women professionals need to put themselves forward for promotions and not hesitate to promote themselves.
After listening to the wonderful journey of these women leaders second panel discussion started with the much more excitement titled “Unlocking Women potential in building materials industry” The panellist included Dr. Ananya Gandotra Head of Design and Sustainability Birla Estate Pvt. Ltd. Lainey Loitta, Fire Protection Manager – North America The Lubrizol Corporation, Mili Majumdar, Managing Director GBCI India & Sr. VP, USGBC, Pratima Joshi Founding Member & Execuitve Director, Shelter Associates (SA). Radha Ramanujan, Chief Financial Officer Aliaxis SA- Ashirvad Pipes, Rakhi Deepak, National Secretary – FSAI and Founder & Managing Director, SagTaur Universal, Santha Gour, Principal Architect & Co – Founder, Infinitti Design Studio & Director – Planet 3 Studios Architecture Pvt. Ltd. All the panellist discussed and shared their personal and professional experience and emphasized that there are no barriers for women to reach leadership position. The organizations need to promote flexible hours and be considerate towards women employees safety and security to create a level playing ground.
After the engaging and thought provoking session the audience witnessed an energetic address by Shweta Shalini, BJP Spokesperson, and Advisor to Former Chief Minister of Maharasthra & Former Executive Director of Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Foundation. She said, “Like we celebrate our special day it is equally important to celebrate womanhood. I want to tell every woman that they should focus on their own competence. “PMS” definitely stands for ‘Plan’, ‘Model’ and ‘Scale’ and no other meaning for PMS. Every month say this to yourself and you will realise that a lot more potential will unfold. Women should make a shout out for our sisterhood and support other woman to learn and bring their best out. It is not women against men but, we all have to work together. Men and women are equal. Women can’t have it all, neither can men have it all. Our priorities define our path.”
The address by Vincent Misiti, General Manager, TempRite®, Engineered Polymers, Lubrizol Advanced Materials shared Lubrizol initiatives that takes diversity and inclusion very seriously. “I’m very proud to serve on our DMEAI council as we call it which is comprised of leaders from around the world from diverse backgrounds. It’s really great to see women’s extraordinary contribution to our industry.”
The “Women of Vision Awards” commenced with felicitations of unsung Sheroes of the industry. The awards were presented by Vincent Misiti.
The awardees were:
- The first women fire fighter of India – Harshini Kanhekar, Chief Manager – Fire Services, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
- The successful womenpreneur and an inspiring leader – Priya Nazareth, Director, Monsher India Safety Equipments
- The first industrialist in real estate from state of Odisha- Ratnamala Swain, Director DN Homes
- Architect Sonali Rastogi, Founding Partner, Morphogenesis for establishing the first gender positive practice in India
- Taniya Sanyal, the first woman to be hired by AAI in the ‘male job’ of fire-fighting
- Architect & Real estate developer Trupti Doshi, Co-Founder, The Auroma Group
Concluding the event Binay Agrawal, Business Head, TempRite®- South Asia said, “It was wonderful event. I’m glad to meet stars of building and construction industry Vininder Singh Baweja, Chief operating Officer, Prince Pipes and Fittings Limited added, “Women inclusion in top management should be a norm as it brings diversity of thought and approach which adds to the productivity of the company. The recipients of the Women of Vision awards are the best examples of that who have charted unkown territories.”