Campaign India Team
Dec 01, 2020

Havas Group launches initiative to foster gender diversity and women leadership

Creates team that will meet bi-monthly to recognise and celebrate the work that women leaders are doing across the group

Havas Group launches initiative to foster gender diversity and women leadership
Havas Group India has announced the launch of ‘Women who Inspire’ – an initiative to foster gender diversity and women leadership.
Through this initiative, the group wants to bring about a cultural transformation and mindset shift that will help build a diverse workforce that is futuristic and encourages more women leaders. A core group has been formed which consists of members in senior roles, across its group agencies. This team will meet every alternate month to discuss key issues, opportunities, and changes relevant for the group as a whole and works towards recognising and celebrating the great work that women leaders do across the group.
There are four objectives that the group will drive:
  • Provide encouragement and mentorship to high-potential women leaders
  • Promote the exchange of ideas and provide networking opportunities
  • Help enhance the growth of our women staffers as leaders and decision-makers
  • Create the right environment that allows development and growth opportunities
Rana Barua, chief executive officer, Havas Group India, said, “Being diverse is all about enabling a culture that is conducive to freely express, share thoughts and perspectives. As we embark on this journey, we are excited about the potential cultural and mindset change that it can bring to the lives of women employees within Havas Group India. We see this as a step to bring about a huge transformation and one that will help us move in the direction of building a versatile workforce that is futuristic and aligned to the changing global world order and economy.”
Vandana Tilwani, CHRO, Havas Group, who is leading this initiative, added, “As we gear up for our next phase of (post-covid) growth at Havas, we have to adapt to a different way of working which involves merging of work and life, remote working and adapting to agile and flexible team structures. Becoming a gender-diverse organisation, breaking of many fixed rules and taboos and thus encouraging more women leaders is not only important in creating a futuristic workplace, it is now a necessity in order to have a competitive advantage.”
Members of the core committee:
  • Rana Barua, CEO, Havas Group India
  • Vandana Tilwani, chief HR officer, Havas Group India
  • Mohit Joshi, CEO, Havas Media Group India
  • Susan Josi, managing partner, Havas Life Sorento
  • Deepali Saini, co-founder and design director, Think Design
  • Priyanka Mehra, director marketing and communications, Havas Group India
  • Toral Shah, general manager HR, Havas Group India
  • Sanchita Roy, head – West, Havas Media
  • Geetika Thakur, SVP – client servicing, Havas Creative
  • Dr. Rasika Bhat, senior manager scientific communications, Havas Life Sorento
  • Sreyashi Datta, creative director, Shobiz
  • Pavithra Eshwar, head HR, Langoor Havas


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