'Balance between happiness and ambition is very important for women'

"Balance between happiness and ambition is very important for women," said Anu Sriam, Past Chairwoman, CII Indian Women Network (IWN) Southern Region & Co-Founder, Joint Managing Director, Integra Software Services Pvt Ltd. Speaking at the CII Indian Women Network Leadership Conclave, she shared her inspiring journey as an entrepreneur from the inception of Integra Software Services Pvt Ltd to their global reach covering 5 locations in India and 5 locations globally.

Speaking during the inaugural session, Chief Guest, Dr Leela Samson, Former Director, Kalakshetra Foundation emphasized on the need for women to believe in oneself to become a leader. She said that one’s strength lies in the ability to cope, accept and compassion.N V Balachandar, President-HR, Communication & CSR, Ashok Leyland Ltd shared the existing practice at Ashok Leyland to bring gender diversity at workforce. He also mentioned that women have genetically greater emotional strength to balance professional and personal life.

Uma Rao, Chairwoman, IWN Tamil Nadu & Vice President – HR, Ashok Leyland Ltd delivered the welcome remarks with a key message being to urge women leadership right from freshers to senior management. Speaking during the CEO Session, Priyamvada Balaji, Vice Chairperson, CII Chennai Zone & Director, Lucas TVS Ltd said that true leaders do not create followers but a leader.

Apsara Reddy, General Secretary, All India Mahila Congress in her address emphasized on the need for women to take up leadership roles in all walks of life. She also shared her personal experiences in becoming one such leader.