India Leaders for Social Sector (ILSS) held the second edition of its flagship 9-day residential program from April 20th to April 28th at the verdant Ashoka University campus.
- The residential program is aimed at inspiring, empowering and enabling senior corporate leaders transition meaningfully into the social sector and contribute towards transforming India.
- The cohort comprised 16 senior leaders, with expertise in various fields like HR, technology, sales and marketing, across industries and sectors such as FMCG, IT and Defence.
- With guest lectures, leadership workshops, field visits, reflection sessions and team building exercises, the curriculum was designed to create greater awareness of self and society.
The program provided an introduction to the wide range of organisations and initiatives within the social sector, through lectures by NGO Leaders like Puja Marwaha (CEO, CRY), Aditya Natraj (Founder & Director, Kaivalya Education Foundation), Vijay Mahajan (Founder, PRADAN and BASIX) and Srikanth Viswanathan (CEO, Janaagraha), Foundation Heads like Ashok Alexander(Former Country-Head, Gates Foundation and Founder, Antara Foundation) and Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja (Managing Director, Central Square Foundation) and influencers like Prof. A.K Shivakumar (Advisor, UNICEF & Visiting Faculty, Harvard & ISB), Harsh Mander (Director, Centre for Equity Studies), Amit Chandra (MD, Bain Capital and noted Philanthropist) and Atishi Marlena (Former Advisor to Deputy CM, Delhi).
The participants were also exposed to the nuances of policymaking, fundraising, impact assessment and systems thinking by experts like Chakshu Roy (Head of Outreach, PRS Legislative), Ingrid Srinath (Director, Centre for Social Impact & Philanthropy, Ashoka University), P.R. Ganapathy (President, Villgro Innovation Fund) and Mihir Mathur (TISS). They also observed and learnt about ground realities at the grassroots level during their field visit, organised in partnership with CMGGA, Haryana. The program left the participants energised and inspired to identify their direction in the social sector and prepared to adapt with humility and practicality.
In the words of one of the participants, a senior leader at IBM, “I realised the complexity and scale of the problems in the development sector and gained different perspectives about the challenges, the initiatives being taken, etc. I feel I have evolved as a more ‘Responsible Citizen’, and feel a compelling need to spend more energy towards the development of my country”.
The next batch of India Leaders for Social Sector will be held from 3rd August 2018 to 11th August 2018. We are now accepting applications for the same, and the deadline is 30th June.