With a vision to drive gender-inclusive growth that empowers and promotes women’s leadership across sectors in the country, Genpact Limited and Ashoka University partnered to launch the “Genpact Center for Women’s Leadership” (GCWL) in March 2015. This first-of-its-kind industry-academia partnership is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) effort to drive gender-inclusive growth with a vision to create a balanced distribution of income, resources and decision making powers across sectors.
Meena Wilson joined GCWL as the Executive Director on January 4, 2016. Meena holds a Ph.D. in adult and organizational development from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is the author of several book chapters and the book Developing Tomorrows’ Leaders Today: Insights from Corporate India (Wiley, 2010). She has served as Senior Enterprise Associate for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Singapore and in India. A dedicated and versatile professional, Meena is a 23-year veteran of CCL® where her work focused on women’s career advancement and helping organizations to use workplace experiences to strengthen their talent pipeline.
Speaking of this appointment, Sasha Sanyal, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Genpact said, “GCWL is a very important step in Genpact’s journey of creating equal opportunities and promoting the cause of women in leadership, a symbol of our commitment to advance gender inclusive growth. 2016 brings in exciting times for GCWL as the Center gears up to creates a common ground for current and emergent leaders to connect, support, educate and empower one another! We are delighted to welcome Meena to GCWL. With her extensive global experience she brings in great insights which will add significant value to the way the Center scales up and delivers.”
“GCWL is a path-breaking initiative that will usher a new language in the domain of women and leadership. The Centre will create new knowledge, pursue research and advocacy and strengthen capabilities with students and the larger eco system. The year will witness some significant initiatives being adopted. As Director of the GCWL, Meena Wilson brings with her significant international experience and capabilities. Combined with that, her understanding of Indian realities and challenges will make a force to reckon with as she builds and guides the Centre,” said Venkat Eshwara, Vice Dean, Development, Ashoka University.
“The Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership (GCWL) is a unique industry-academia partnership that combines the power of research with best practices from industry to empower women become leaders and drive gender inclusive growth. This year we are looking to add significant new initiatives in policy advocacy and research dissemination. Coming from a leadership background, Meena Wilson brings to GCWL her long experience of heading leadership studies and training. As the Executive Director of the new Centre we look forward to her work in guiding and creating programs that are aligned with the mission of the Centre.” said Vanita Shastri, Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Ashoka University.