The one feature that makes Working Mother and Avtar Best of the Best Conference stand out as an exceptional Diversity Conference is the fact that all strands of diversity are brought under the same roof for guided discussions.
Veterans have the proven abilities of an accelerated learning curve along with leadership capabilities. Hiring veterans can not only help in forming a winning team but also induce the closure of diversity gaps in an organization. On day 1 of #BoB2020, Mr Anurag Shah-VP, Business and Strategy Manager at the Chief Administrative and Strategy Office, Northern Trust India, addressed the D&I enthusiasts during a breakout session on Joining Forces – Inclusion of Veterans.
“A couple of years back, when we sat down to look at our veteran integration and induction philosophy, we agreed to focus on the non-officer cadre because we felt that’s where we could make a difference,” said Mr Anurag in his opening remark. He talked extensively on the mission of their Military Appreciation and Assistance Resource Council (MAARC)- one of the business resource councils of Northern Trust. Mr Anurag added that 60 % of the organization’s veteran hires work in core operations like fund accounting, hedge fund services, etc. And this bit breaks the stereotypical notion of veterans only capable of working in HR or admin fields.
The parallel session that kept the audience engaged showcased Ms Aruna C. Newton, Associate Vice President, Global Head -Diversity and Inclusion, Sustainability Governance, Reporting, Infosys Ltd, who spoke on Macro ecosystems for Micro Inclusion: The role of ERGs. “At Infosys, ERGs celebrate the spirit of the environment that nurtures new thoughts and perspectives through expression and participation,” quoted Ms Newton. She covered the essence of ERGs in her closing comment by stating, “ERGs nurture the micro cultures in teams and groups that employees experience every day. ERGs celebrate employees and urge them to be themselves and bring their whole selves to work. ERGs foster inclusion.”
Following the leaders’ talk about their respective organizations’ best practices related to DEI, Ms Nisha Chandran, Divisional Manager, Consulting & Solutions, Avtar, moderated the Q&A session.