India’s first book on Diversity and Inclusion launched in the city with an intriguing fire side chat by an eminent panel

India’s first book on Diversity and Inclusion launched in the city with an intriguing fire side chat by an eminent panel

India’s first book on Diversity and Inclusion launched in the city with an intriguing fire side chat by an eminent panel

Chennai, 07th December, 2018: The 99 Day Diversity Challenge, India’s first book on Diversity & Inclusion was launched today in the city alongside of an intriguing fire side chat with an eminent panel. Authored by India’s celebrated D & I expert Dr. Saundarya Rajesh, 99DDC is corporate India’s very own guide to implementing incl usive policies at workplace narrated in a tell-tale format.  Launched by an eminent panel of speakers from diff erent walks of life, the session also witnessed a fire side chat on ‘MY DIVERSITY STORY’ moderated by Dr. Raj esh. The panel consisted of Ms. Janaki Sabesh – Story Teller & Media professional, Ms. Lakshmipriyaa Chandra mouli – Actor & Sportsperson, Mr. Kalaiarasu, Chartered Accountant & Film Producer and Mr. Singai Rama chandran – Entrepreneur & Politician.

The fire side chat brought to limelight the need for inclusive policies and its impact on workplace across indu stries.  The vibrant panel representing different industries like Media & Entertainment, Politics and more, each panelist put forth their perspective on inclusivity and need for nurturing an environment that encourages dive rsity in their respective field of work. Drawing parallel with the book, the chat also witnessed the exchange of personal encounters and stories that have encouraged dialogues on inclusion at workplace and home.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Saundarya Rajesh said “Diversity and Inclusion are Corporate India’s mantra in the recent times. However, with an increased focus on the need for policies around inclusivity among workplace s , there is a gap in understanding and nurturing an environment of inclusivity rather than merely implementing policies. 99DDC is a guide to sensitize not just leaders and D&I heads, but also anyone who is willing to start the conversation around inclusivity. I am confident that 99DDC will hand hold companies into adopting policies that nurtures, encourages and sustains inclusivity anywhere.” 

As India’s first ever guide to implementing D&I culture at work pl aces, the book provides a complete, starter-to-desserts detailing of D&I concepts and offers a precise explanation on the different strands of diversity along with the future of D&I thoughts. Written in an engaging, gentle, light-hearted way, Dr Rajesh demystifies the vas t subject of Diversity and Inclusion for the business leader, the diversity enthusiast and even the young curious professional. Filled with interesting stories spanning different genres the book sequentially uncovers what Dive rsity and Inclusion means and how this can be absorbed by just about everyone.

Published by SAGE Publications, The 99 Day Diversity Challenge TM is priced at Rs. 495 and is available for pre-order across ecommerce platforms like Flipkart, Amazon, Infibeam and book stores near you.

About the Author:

Dr. Saundarya Rajesh is one of India’s most respected thought leaders on Diversity and Inclusion (D & I). An award-winning social entrepreneur, she is best known as the pioneer of second-career opportunities for women in corporate India. She has been recognized as a ‘#100Women Achiever’ by the Ministry of Women and Child De velopment, India, and also listed in the United Nation’s ‘Women Transforming India’ by the NITI Aayog. She was recently chosen as one of the most ‘Innovative Diversity & Inclusion leaders by the Asia Pacific HRM Congr ess.

A relentless advocate of the potential of women in the workplace, Dr Rajesh is the advisor of choicefor an imp ressive list of organizations and leaders on the benefits of inclusion and diversity. One of the earliest voices in India to speak about the need for gender balance in the workplace, her diversity immersion sessions have bene fited varied audiences, ranging from industry bodies to the police force, from entrepreneurs to college-goers, from organizations such as Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, Mahindra Group and Tata Group to small and medium businesses.