Diversity of Thought has emerged to be the game changer in today’s world and as a futuristic leader, it becomes important to understand its relevance and application in times to come. VUCA world continues to challenge us with lot of unpredictability about future and multitude of issues such as rapid rate of change in political, social, economic factors that impact decision making. Coupled with this, emergence of nouveau technologies such as automation, robotics and artificial intelligence has also brought about a paradigm shift in the way of life globally.

The resulting impact of shift in the definition of work combined with the expectations of diverse groups and customers is pushing organizations to revisit their business strategy, people policies, practices and processes. The organizations that are able to understand these dynamic nuances and are able to tackle diversity with its differences will become hub of creativity and innovation.

Business leaders can no longer be expected to predict the next industry disruption, however, a good leadership can future proof business by driving an inclusive, agile and a diverse workforce through a culture that fosters relationships and ability to work across differences.

Considering this backdrop, NASSCOM is inlaying pathways to strengthen gender diverse leadership talent pool by launching Women in technology initiative. More on this and discussions this year focus on the following attributes:-

How does one meet these new disruptive challenges?

How will the fusion between human and machine impact the diversity and inclusion scenario? What would the impact of people who are differently abled be in the age of AI and Automation?

How are organizations looking at the governance and impact on the outcome?

How can we find a good balance between diversity and inclusion in the new divergent global economy?

How does one build a future ready organization without compromising on D&I principles?

What are certain costs that we need to be prepared to pay today for building the diverse and inclusive eco system of tomorrow

How SME’s are contributing and scaling up their business operations and penetrating new sections of society which otherwise they have not reached out to in the earlier instance