Pune: The seventh edition of ‘Women Changemakers Career Fair and Confluence’ made waves at Hyatt Regency in Pune today. An initiative of Stockroom.io, the event was an exciting opportunity for women to identify better job opportunities and understand diversity initiatives of leading corporate organizations. The event provided a platform for participants to network with women corporate leaders and apply for available job roles across organizations.
Funded by Mancer Consulting Services, one of India’s leading recruitment consultancy firms, Stockroom.io helps companies hire curated technology talent. Women Changemakers is an exclusive career fair and confluence for women, which is the diversity vertical of stockroom.io.
At the venue, about 850 women with professional experience ranging from 0 to 15+ years’ experience, and about 498 re-starters participated in focused discussions that helped them apply for suitable job roles. The high-level speaker line up and influencers at the Fair was also a huge attraction for most participants who were looking to learn, grow in their professions.
A very evident trend noticed in Pune was with the number of women looking to get back into the workforce. Out of a total talent pool of 1700 entries received from Pune for the event– 498 Women are Career Re-starters. This is the highest ever in any Nonmetro city – The last edition of the event held in Pune had 150 career re-starters among 780 participants. A total of 256 offers were rolled out to women from Pune last year from participating companies. This year (2019) a few of the leading companies that were hiring from the event included Infosys, Dell, UBS ZS, Symantec, Credit Suisse, Syngenta, and Maersk.
The event also marked the launch of Woman Change Makers Returnship Program: Debut 2.0 in Pune. This 4-week online internship program is an opportunity for women who have taken a break in their careers and want to re-enter the workforce as recruitment professionals. This program will enable corporates to recruit potential women candidates who can work from the comfort of their homes as recruiters.
Speaking on the launch of ‘Debut 2.0’, Mr. Naren Krishna, the founder of Stockroom.io said “ Debut 2.0 is a very powerful tool for women who are looking to start their journey back in the workforce as recruitment professionals. The program offers flexibility and ease of transition from your break to getting back to work. The 4-week training will be provided in the form of weekend classes by a few of the industry’s biggest names in the recruitment space. The program is designed to provide soft skill training and mentorship to help increase the returnee’s confidence and have a meaningful impact as they begin their journey”
Debut 2.0 is a free program that women can register by visiting: https://wcmi.in/debut-2.0/. The curriculum of the program covers topics ranging from Sourcing, Talent mapping, Social recruiting, Talent marketing.
Women Changemakers Career Fair and Confluence had a powerful lineup of speakers that included Hitesh R; Author and Paralympic Medal winner, Sharmistha Adhya, Vice President – HR @ Infosys, Vinita Gera, Senior Director and General Manager @ Dell and Vidhyasagari Sundaram, Associate Principal @ ZS Associates Pune
“At Dell Technologies, we believe in creating opportunities for all employees to bring their ideas to the workplace in an environment that cultivates the exchange of broad thinking and inspires innovation. We are actively participating in the era of the biggest technological changes and the most exciting science. Diversity and inclusion in the business deliver both social and professional values that we should use to make our workspace to feel equal regardless of gender. Women Changemakers Career Fair and Confluence works entirely in complement to this and we are glad to be a part of it.” says, Vinita Gera, Senior Director and General Manager, India COE, Dell Technologies.
Naren Krishna, the founder of Stockroom.io observing the participation, said, “ The response from Pune women community has always been overwhelming. The scale of the event is much bigger than last year in terms of the applications received and the companies participating. Being a country, which takes pride for Unity In Diversity it’s very important for all of us to understand how diversity and inclusion are going to be a key driver for India Inc’s growth story. It’s estimated that a 10% increase in Women workforce participation would result in additional 700$bn to India’s GDP. We at Women Changemakers are proud to be a part of this growth story and do our bit. We really look forward to a much bigger event in Pune next year. ”
In July 2018, Stockroom.io launched Equiv.in, India’s first exclusive diversity job portal. This platform today has over 60,000+ Women, 3000 persons with disabilities and 20 profiles and helps companies connect with an amazing diversity talent pool through the portal and its highly curated events.
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