NASSCOM in partnership with NASSCOM Foundation, is hosting the 14th Edition of NASSCOM’s Global Inclusion Summit virtually on April 27-28, 2022. The event is part of NASSCOM’s efforts to create a culture of inclusion across all levels of the tech industry.
The theme this year is ‘Looking Ahead – Mainstreaming Inclusion’, which recognises that it is vital that we develop a holistic approach towards inclusion. The need to underline the inclusion of a critical business agenda and a boardroom conversation tied directly to an organization’s growth will be a key focus in these two days.
The summit will focus on three focus areas that will shape the inclusion conversation in the coming days: the role of leadership in creating a culture of inclusion at workplaces, how new technologies can help enable inclusion, and trends that can help drive inclusion in the future. Some topics that are being discussed at NASSCOM’s Global Inclusion Summit include Building Values That Drive an Inclusive Culture: A Boardroom Perspective, Assistive Technology: Unlocking the Power of Technology-Driven Inclusion and Inking the Inclusion Manifesto for Gen Z.
The event will see many distinguished speakers talk about the challenges of mainstreaming inclusion and share their learnings, as well as actionable strategies and best practices. The Hon’ Minister of Women & Child Development of India, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani with an opening keynote that will set the tone for the Inclusion conversation not just for the industry but the country at large. Panelists include esteemed personalities from various backgrounds such as Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft; Tiger Tyagarajan, CEO, Genpact; Dia Mirza, Actor, Producer, United Nations Secretary-General Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals.
Emphasizing the need to prioritize mainstreaming inclusion within the industry, Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM said “Organisations can no longer deny that inclusive workplaces are also productive workplaces. Moreover, ThinkDigitalThinkIndia hinges on the design principles of “Inclusion For All”, making this one of the most important agenda this techade, with talent being the key differentiator above all. This is evident from the fact that the industry today boasts of over 36% women workforce. With over 1.8 million women professionals, the Indian technology sector today is the largest private-sector employer of women. As we move forward in shaping the techade, we need to ensure that our workforce is inclusive not only from a gender perspective but also by leveraging talent from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities & cultures. Towards this vision, NASSCOM Global Inclusion Summit is a great platform that will bring together diverse leaders and experts to provide actionable strategies, tools, and insights to help mainstream inclusion for all.”
Nidhi Bhasin, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, added, “NASSCOM Foundation has always believed that true Inclusion needs to lie at the heart of India’s development roadmap. NASSCOM’s Global Inclusion Summit establishes this as an undeniable need, not for just the industry but the entire country. With Mainstreaming Inclusion, we are hoping to go beyond gender including other dimensions such as LGBTQ, Disability, and Neuro-diversity, as well as focus on citizens on the other side of the ‘digital divide’. Over the last 14 years, the NASSCOM’s Global Inclusion Summit has driven the adoption of inclusion strategies within organizations, especially benefitting women in technology. We hope to replicate that success across each dimension”