SHILLONG, Jan 31: Industry stalwarts from all domains including Consulting, Finance, Human Resources, Operations, Systems and Analytics and Marketing from across the country interacted and educated the students of IIM Shillong virtually during the third edition of the Business Leadership Summit, the institute’s flagship event, on January 30 and 31.
The event carried forward the vision that a strong industry-academia interaction paves the way for building the leaders of tomorrow who can inspire society and build the future of our nation.
This edition was thematised on ‘India: The leading emerging market and its Global Footprint’ with much light being thrown on how India can become a more active player in contributing goods and services and shaping the global development agenda itself.
Day-1 of the event kick-started with Niveshak, Finance club of IIM Shillong’s session, sub-themed ‘Build in India, Build for the World’ with the participation of well-known industry leaders such as Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Amol Warange, Adil Zaidi & Alok Misra.
This was followed by a session driven by ConQuest, the Consulting and Strategy Club of IIM Shillong, which had the pleasure of hosting Sudip Datta, Partner PwC, Atrideb Basu, Director, CRIF India, Piyush Saxena, Vice President and Head, Hybrid Cloud Services, HCL Technologies and Rahul Gupta, Function Head, Corporate Development, Tech Mahindra, in their panel discussion on the theme, ‘What business model innovation strategies should Indian businesses adopt to increase their global footprint in the future’.
After an engaging session on how India and Indian businesses can bring innovation to the grassroots level and improve India’s global footprint, the day concluded with the next panel discussion by usHR, the HR club of IIM Shillong.
A discussion on the topic ‘Up-skilling India’s workforce to thrive in the competitive Global Economy’ unfolded awareness on the macro level scenario, unwritten competencies like growth mindset, tech-savvy during the hiring process and how the government, corporates and educational institutions need to work together to rethink skill ecosystems. It was led by Dr Anil Kumar Misra, Chandrajit Pati and Babita Basak.
The next day opened with panellists like Sandeep Baxla, Garima Jain, Vivek Sarbhai and Kartik Shah, from the domain of Operations, led by Opera, Operations Club of IIM Shillong.
The stalwarts got together to discuss the theme: ‘The next evolution of supply chain’.
The panellists discussed how the recent developments in the domain and how the industry is incorporating metrics to gauge the resilience of the supply chain to withstand any disruption.
Following this, bITeSys, the System and Analytics club of IIM Shillong, brought a panel comprising Gaurav Vatsa, Mythili Krishnan, Tony Thomas and Dhruv Rastogi, who presented a fruitful discussion on the role of Data Analytics in transforming small and medium scale business in the emerging markets of India.
The last panel discussion was conducted by Markathon, the Marketing club of IIM Shillong, wherein, industry leaders like Nishith Patel, Krithika Sriram, Piali Dasgupta and Srihari Gopinath had a thought-provoking discussion on how digital transformation can form the stepping stone for India’s global dominance.
Both days ended with entertainment events organised for the students as part of the post-discussion celebration of Business Leadership Summit.
The events also witnessed live-studio performances broadcast by Mumbai-based alternate rock outfit — The Yellow Diary, and the famous Indian composer, singer, lyricist, music director and sound recordist, Gajendra Verma.