Genpact and Ashoka University has join forces to launch “Genpact Center for Women’s Leadership” (GCWL) in March 2015. This initiative is a way to foster gender-inclusive growth and uplift women’s leadership across sectors in the country.
Meena Wilson, who joined GCWL as the Executive Director on January 4, 2016 will lead the first-of-its-kind industry-academia partnership under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) effort to drive gender-inclusive growth and create a balanced distribution of income, resources and decision making powers across sectors.
Speaking of this appointment, Sasha Sanyal, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Genpact said, “GCWL is a very important step in Genpact’s journey of creating equal opportunities and promoting the cause of women in leadership, a symbol of our commitment to advance gender inclusive growth. 2016 brings in exciting times for GCWL as the Center gears up to creates a common ground for current and emergent leaders to connect, support, educate and empower one another! We are delighted to welcome Meena to GCWL. With her extensive global experience she brings in great insights which will add significant value to the way the Center scales up and delivers.”
“GCWL is a path-breaking initiative that will usher a new language in the domain of women and leadership. As Director of the GCWL, Meena Wilson brings with her significant international experience and capabilities. Combined with that, her understanding of Indian realities and challenges will make a force to reckon with as she builds and guides the Centre,” said Venkat Eshwara, Vice Dean, Development, Ashoka University.
“As the Executive Director of the new Centre we look forward to her work in guiding and creating programs that are aligned with the mission of the Centre.” adds Vanita Shastri, Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Ashoka University.
Meena holds a Ph.D. in adult and organizational development from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is the author of several book chapters and the book Developing Tomorrows’ Leaders Today: Insights from Corporate India (Wiley, 2010). For decades, she has been closely working on women’s career advancement and helping organizations to use workplace experiences to strengthen their talent pipeline.
GCWL will co-create a networking platform for all stakeholders working on issues of women’s empowerment. The Center also conducts courses, training and mentorship programs to develop and enhance leadership skills.