ExpressAWE Highlights: The inaugural session of ExpressAWE is being held on the evening of January 14. An initiative of The Financial Express and FICCI FLO, the Express Awards for Women Entrepreneurs aim to honour women who have not only shown the courage to take up leadership positions, but have braved numerous challenges to reach the zenith of their fields and to set an example for generations to come. During the event, winners would be announced across eight categories: e-commerce, social impact, technology, health & wellness, travel & hospitality, media & entertainment, education & skill development, food & beverages, and fashion & lifestyle. Apart from this, special awards will be presented for lifetime achievement, newsmaker of the year and the Legacy spin-off, and a FICCI-FLO excellence award will be announced, as well.
During the event, there will also be an inaugural session which will see Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Meta, in conversation with Anant Goenka, executive director, The Indian Express Group. A panel discussion will also be held on “The Power of Her”, in which dignified industry leaders and respected members of the awards jury would be participating. A key highlight of the evening will be a special and insightful conversation between Nykaa founder and CEO Falguni Nayar and former Chairperson of Thermax Anu Aga.
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Society has come a long way from earlier assuming that sons would get all the wealth to now girls getting equal opportunity. Earlier, it was equal opportunity broadly, but not really. But now, even girls are becoming very strong and want equal rights, says Falguni Nayar
I grew up not assuming any constraints about what I could do, says Falguni Nayar, Founder & CEO, Nykaa
My advice to young women entrepreneurs is simple – do not shy away from taking help, be a prudent risk taker, do not let your talent go untapped, keep building your network and seek out mentors, says Deepak Parekh, HDFC Chairman
I feel that external corporate success is very good, but unless we are at peace within ourselves and in good relationship with people who matter, it is not worth it. I have seen many men sacrifice their family life for corporate success, says Anu Aga, former Chairperson, Thermax
I am one of those who believe women have to lean in and want more. Very often, women are conditioned to believe that if they bite too much, their family life would go off balance, that there would be a price to pay and that they cannot have it all, says Nykaa Founder & CEO Falguni Nayar
Anu Aga, Former Chairperson of Thermax wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Express Awards for Women Entrepreneurs
Falguni Nayar, Founder & CEO, Nykaa wins Newsmaker of the Year award
Lavanya Nalli, Chairperson, Nalli Group of Companies wins Legacy Spin-off award
Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson & Editorial Director, HT Media Limited wins FICCI-FLO Excellence Award
Rajni Bector, Founder & Chairperson Emeritus, Mrs Bector's Food Specialities wins Organisation Segment in Food & Beverages category
Anu Acharya, Founder & CEO, Mapmygenome wins Organisation Segment award in Technology category
Chetna Sinha, Founder, Mann Deshi Bank wins Organisation Segment award in Social Impact category
Shradha Sharma, Founder & Chief Editor, YourStory Media wins Organisation Segment award in Media & Entertainment category
Ameera Shah, Managing Director, Metropolis Healthcare wins Organisation Segment award in Health & Wellness category
Anita Dongre, Founder, House of Anita Dongre wins Organisation Segment award in Fashion & Lifestyle category
Divya Gokulnath, Co-Founder, Byju's wins Organisation Segment award in Education and Skill Development category
Pallavi Agarwal, Founder & CEO, GoStops Hospitality Pvt Ltd wins Rising Segment Award in Travel & Hospitality category.
Pallavi Utagi, Founder & CEO, SuperBottoms wins Rising Segment award in E-Commerce category
Jyoti Sudhir, Director & COO, InventIndia Innovations wins Rising Segment award in Technology category
Ishita Sharma, Founder & CEO, MukkaMaar, wins the Rising Segment award in Social Impact segment
DVL Padma Priya, Co-Founder & Editorial Lead of Suno India, gets Rising Segment Award in Media & Entertainment category
Rupal Mehta, Founder & CEO of MedMarvel Software Solutions Pvt Ltd, wins the Rising Segment award in Health & Wellness category
Akanksha Arora, Chief Executive Officer of Tribe Amrapali, wins the Rising Segment award in Fashion & Lifestyle category
The Rising Segment award in Education and Skill Development category goes to Supriya Paul, CEO & Co-Founder of Josh Talks
The real issue is that very few women leave college and build startups. They all go through jobs first. That is where we can help them by building their confidence and give them a sense of self-respect, says Zia Mody, co-founder and managing partner, AZB Partners.
My advise to young women entrepreneurs would be, “Your time has come. Don't miss out on the opportunity”, says Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
On one side we have unicorns with totally empowered women who are bold, and at the same time, we have rural India waking up, where women entrepreneurship is waking up but it can be a movement, says Preetha Reddy
India actually lives a lot in the rural areas, while a lot of excitement, money and valuation is urban. But what we have seen is that women in villages have become so entrepreneurial that they are able to take home Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 a month, which has given them a lot of empowerment, says Preetha Reddy, vice chairperson, Apollo Hospitals.
Young women who are starting their own businesses, they are becoming quite confident in raising capital, have great business ideas and they are perseverant, says Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
In the last 5 or 6 years, a huge change has been seen when it comes to women in the entrepreneurial space. There is a perceptible change in the last few years because their is a huge focus on gender inclusion. Things are for sure getting better for women, says Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Women's role as primary caregivers has not changed and that is one of the reasons why many women are becoming entrepreneurs. What we need is for women to get confidence from their near and dear ones that they are supported and that people stand behind them, says Arundhati Bhattacharya.
We can see that the change is not very swift, but it is certain. Many women are coming up with their own startups. You are also seeing women in areas where you never expected to see them earlier. Bias against lending capital to women has also started reducing, says Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairperson & CEO, Salesforce India
Yes, there is a glass ceiling, but even before that there is a broken rung, which is the first promotion to manager. Men are hired and promoted on the basis of their potential. Women have to prove it. This is the level where women fall behind, and once this inequity begins, it keeps getting bigger over the years, says Sheryl Sandberg.
People tell women that they cannot have it all when they start working, says Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Meta
What happens to many women is that they hold back and they wind up working the same hours for less pay, less responsibility, less impact and less flexibility. As you get more senior you get paid more and you get more control, says Sheryl Sandberg
Teams that are more diverse perform better compared to their peers at every level, says Sheryl Sandberg
Before COVID, women all over the world were working in double shifts – working in office and at homes. With the pandemic, they had to begin working in double double-shifts. And so, we began seeing women who said that they would dropout of the workforce. The US is seeing record low levels of women in workforce in decades, says Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg.
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