Santa Cruz Students put CEOs in hot seat

Friday, 20 December 2013 - 9:24am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Youngsters flood honchos with queries on varied subjects.

In an interaction that gave young minds a chance to ask the leaders of various companies how they must prepare themselves for the corporate world, students from Podar World College and Podar International College, Santa Cruz raised points that surprised the CEOs.

Urging the students to do more than just classroom theories, Jamshed Daboo, CEO, Trent Hyper Market, Tata Group, responded to a student, “As you enter the corporate world and move up the ladder, you will have to evolve your own theories to suit your company’s needs and hence, it is important that you not only learn theories but understand the fundamentals as well.”

Anjali Bansal, managing director, Spencer Stuart, focused on the need of good governance. “We need not only good government but also good governance. We need economic growth to pay for the things we need in life — education, health, housing and roads while ensuring growth benefits for everyone without widening inequality and exclusion,” said Bansal at CII-Connect, the Confederation of Indian Industry.

R Mukundan, chairman, CII western region and managing director, Tata Chemicals Ltd emphasised on Mahatma Gandhi’s five ideals and JRD Tata’s vision of the India he wanted. “The India we want today must have good governance, innovation, transformation sustainability and affirmative inclusion. Youngsters should make sure they spend more time with social organisations”, he said.

Chairman, CII Maharashtra State Council and CEO & MD, Aptech Ltd, Ninad Karpe listened and answered questions and said was amazed at how their mind worked.

Students raised questions from wide range of topics from corporate social responsibility to women leadership.  “Why is it that with so many educated working women, only few manage to break the glass ceiling, to reach the top of the pyramid?” questioned a first year student. “The pipeline in India is very leaky. A lot of women quit to take care of their family and sometimes are even forced to do so,” said Bansal, who was the only woman managing director in the panel.

Youngsters decided to take the conversation beyond the four walls and started tweeting about the events. “Wonderful panel discussion today with #ceoconnect amazing new insights on our future India, all-in-all, quite worth it!” tweeted Aarian Parikh.

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