IBM has joined hands with the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Catalyst India WRC. As per the partnership the companies will be together launching the cross-industry women’s leadership development program, named ‘Tanmatra’ which means ‘potential’. This new program will prepare women for leadership in the Indian business community. The program will train a batch of 30 high-potential women across industries with at least 12 or more years of industry experience across a span of 10 months.
Speaking about this new initiative for women, Dilpreet Singh, Vice President – HR, IBM India/South Asia, said, “IBM places great thrust on building women leaders, who will help transform the business tomorrow. We have industry-leading and recognized in-house interventions that focus on attracting, developing and retaining women talent, globally and locally. We are delighted to be the knowledge partner on Tanmatra as it supports our vision toward building women leaders not just in a uni-dimensional context but in the larger canvas of multi-industry, enabling peer-to-peer learning mentorships and community give back.”
Talking about the benefits of the program, Prof. Vasanthi Srinivasan, Program Director, IIM-Bangalore, said, “Women currently represent less than a quarter of the labour force employed in organisations. We find that several individual and personal factors contribute to women not able to invest sufficiently for career advancement. Tanmatra is a one-of-a-kind developmental program for high-potential women that will enable them to gain exposure to business concepts, mentoring and networking opportunities with established leaders”
On the other hand, Deborah Gillis, President & CEO Catalyst, says that, “Catalyst, through its research and insights globally and regionally, is committed to providing knowledge and actionable tools that will enable India Inc. to accelerate positive change for women business leaders. Through Tanmatra we can communicate with working women, discuss the daily challenges they face and suggest effective strategies based on our extensive research. India Inc. is bound to benefit enormously from this strategic and culturally relevant initiative.”
As per this association the companies will play their respective roles in the program. IBM will focus on advancement of women as essential to successful business. Catalyst India WRC will offer its research experts as part of Tanmatra’s faculty. Lastly IIM Bangalore will be conducting classes and will also be teaching relevant leadership modules.