Head - Human Resources, India, and JBS, Global
This International Women’s Day and every day, we are proud to recognize our inspiring women leaders and allies at JLL.
Who is a female inspiration/role model to you and why?
As I studied at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), I was always very connected to the social workspace in India. This understanding enabled me to be inspired by Ela Bhatt, a great figure in international movements for various causes like equality for women and girls, especially against child marriage. In 1972, Ela founded SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association of India) to enable self-employed women to have rights and be governed by laws for industrial workers. She served as President of this organisation from 1972 to 1996. She was also a lawyer by profession, which she used to help her social agenda.
I was very inspired by her work and her focus. She was someone who was passionate about making a difference in a space and went on to create a huge movement through SEWA. Her story always reminds me that with the right passion and energy, one can make a huge impact on any space they choose.
Why does inclusion matter to you?
Inclusion is all about understanding and listening to people, embracing diversity, and respecting individuals as a whole at every level so that they feel valued. Inclusion builds a strong sense of connection, belonging, and engaging culture at workplaces. I believe an Inclusive culture creates a collaborative and supportive work culture for employees and organisations where everyone feels included and supported.
How are you inspiring women to achieve their ambitions at JLL?
I am passionate about enabling people, especially women employees, to achieve their ambitions. Being a woman, I understand the challenges women employees face in achieving their aspirations while looking after their families. I believe support and empathy are two essential things to facilitate the growth of women employees. I believe and practice fairness by providing equal growth opportunities, not just to female colleagues in my team but also to other women across JLL.
At JLL India, we foster practices that promote gender equality and women empowerment. Some of the firm's key initiatives include - Gradual return to work policy, Flexi hours, Mentorship to women leaders, Ally program, In-office 'Babyterias', or Crèche facilities. Drop facility for women employees is available if they are in office beyond 8 pm. All these initiatives were crafted with an intent to help women employees achieve their career aspirations.
I would encourage all women colleagues across JLL to think about what they want to achieve. And I want to tell them that they can achieve anything they set their minds to.