21 September 2020 14:59


Bloomberg Convenes Asia’s Inaugural Bloomberg Equality Summit in Mumbai

Mumbai is eighth city to launch Bloomberg New Voices Initiative

Bloomberg today announced the inaugural Bloomberg Equality Summit to be held in Asia. The event will take place on October 14-15, 2019 in Mumbai with an opening keynote speech by Honorable Minister Smriti Irani, India's Minister for Women and Child Development and Minister of Textiles. Key sponsors are P&G, Standard Chartered Bank and Hyatt.

Bloomberg is bringing its flagship Equality Summit to Asia for the first time. The conference will convene global and regional business, academic and political leaders, advocates and activists to discuss the future of equality in the workforce, how we get there and what is at stake for the economy and society at-large.

“The Bloomberg Equality Summit is held at a critical time. Asia is a key growth engine for the world but progress is marred by the inequality we see in so many countries in the region,” said Mallika Kapur, Senior Editor, Asia Pacific, Bloomberg Live. “Equality matters. Gender diversity matters. When more women join the workforce, everyone benefits - the company, the community, the economy. We look forward to facilitating open, honest and solution-oriented conversations to pave the way for a more equitable future.”

The Summit starts on October 14 with the launch of Bloomberg New Voices Initiative in India, a screening of the multi-award winning documentary “Son Rise”, and a discussion spearheaded by the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign.

Bloomberg will expand the media training program of its global New Voices initiative to Mumbai, the eighth city to join Dubai, Hong Kong, London, New York, Toronto, San Francisco and Sydney. This program provides funding for one-on-one media training for top women executives and other under-represented voices.

Bloomberg’s New Voices aims to increase the representation of women sources in both online and on-air content. The initiative also includes the establishment of a definitive global database of women experts in finance and business, and a system to track diverse sourcing in Bloomberg’s news coverage.

“At Hyatt, we care for people so they can be their best and an inclusive culture is fundamental to our purpose of care,” said Malaika Myers, chief human resources officer, Hyatt. “Creating and maintaining an environment in which Hyatt colleagues can bring their true selves to work each day is a top focus and we continue to prioritize initiatives that foster a more diverse Hyatt family. We are thrilled to be part of the Bloomberg Equality Summit and collaborate with other global organizations that share our focus on inclusion and diversity to close existing gaps and create a more equal workforce.”

“Diversity is key to our future success and gender equality is a vital component,” said Simon Cooper, CEO of Corporate, Commercial & Institutional Banking and Chair of the bank’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. ”Our clients are diverse and we should be the same to ensure that they get the best experience with the bank. We’re also missing out on a huge part of the talent pool if we are skewed towards one gender. We are very pleased to be working with Bloomberg to highlight the importance of fostering equality in the workplace as part of a broader strategic pillar that includes signing the Women in Finance Charter and committing to helping women occupy 30% of the top four levels of our senior roles by 2020.”

Discussion topics include:

Business case for inclusion and how global companies are driving equality around the world

Financial inclusion in India

Gender and justice

Empowering women through micro-entrepreneurship

LGBT inclusion around the world

Bridging the digital divide

Sustainable fashion

Speakers confirmed to date include:

Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India
Aditya Puri, Managing Director, HDFC
Vishal Agrawal, Vice President, Global Emerging Markets Equities, BlackRock
Vibha Bakshi, Director and Producer
Peter Betzel, CEO IKEA India
Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson, MPower
Jitendar Chhatar, Farmer
Simon Cooper, Chief Executive, Corporate, Commercial & Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered
Milind Deora, Former Minister for Telecom, IT, Posts, Shipping & Ports, India
Anita Dongre, Founder, House of Anita Dongre
Madhusudan Gopalan, CEO & MD, South Asia, Procter & Gamble
CP Gurnani, Managing Director and CEO, Tech Mahindra
Namrita Jhangiani, Partner, Egon Zehnder
Dhruv Lakra, Founder, Mirakle Couriers
Marie Lalleman, Managing Director, Global Clients Solutions, Nielsen
Bo Young Lee, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Uber
Daniel Jae-Won Lee, Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation
Malaika Myers, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Sandra Nandeibam, Model, Transgender Activist
Ted Osius, Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google APAC
G V Prasad, Co-Chairman & CEO, Dr. Reddy’s
Reshma Qureshi, Author, Being Reshma
Dr Chhavi Rajawat, Sarpanch, Village Soda, Rajasthan, India
Nishtha Satyam, Deputy Country Representative, UN Women
Parmesh Shahani, Founder, Godrej India Culture Lab
Vinod Shetty, Honorary Director, Acorn Foundation (India)
Tania Singh, CEO, Make Love Not Scars
Chetna Gala Sinha, Founder-Chairperson, Mann Deshi Bank & Mann Deshi Foundation

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