Katalyst is an award-winning NGO whose mission is to improve workplace diversity and close the gender gap. Co-founded by Sunit Mehra and Shital Mehra, Katalyst supports high potential girls in India pursuing STEM studies and has reached over 2000 students.
Katalyst’s interventions include skills enhancement sessions, one-on-one mentoring, access to technology, medical insurance, financial support, assistance with internships and work placements. The program has been evaluated by Sattva, a reputable consulting firm and their report highlights the desired positive impact of Katalyst on girls.
With 15 years in the business of empowering girls, Katalyst held its 12th annual convention on August 14, 2022 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bangalore. It was attended by around 350 guests with 275 students from the four centers – Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Bangalore.
The event began with a powerful panel sharing their stories and insights, Shubha Iyer (MD, Goldman Sachs) on being bold in career decisions and knowing you are not alone, Vijaykrishna Venkatesan (MD, Kennametal India Ltd. and APAC Infrastructure Business at Kennametal) emphasizing the need to be adaptable, Dr. Meenu Bhambani (VP and Head of Global Inclusion, Diversity & Equity and Citizenship of , APAC at State Street) on creating an environment for diversity, Phanindra Sama (RedBus Founder) on how ideas are born from empowering experiences and Aditi Mutatkar (former international ranked badminton player) on not giving up and being determined to be who you want to be despite the lack of ecosystem.
Breakout sessions were organized to give Katalyst students the opportunity to interact with the speakers. Kavita Gopal (MD, JPMorgan Chase & Co.) shared her insights on how to leverage technology to build NextGen leaders and Mekin Maheshwari (former Human Resources Director at Flipkart and founder Udhayam Learning) shared her insight. perspective on entrepreneurship. Phanindra Sama’s session, focusing on ideation to implementation, the journey of a successful entrepreneur and Aditi Mutatkar on leadership lessons learned from sport.
The most anticipated and coveted Annual Katalyst Awards Ceremony took place later that day. The awards were won by students who demonstrated commitment, leadership, and excellence throughout their journey with Katalyst. Winners were selected from a wide range of nominations through two rounds of judging and comprehensive judging criteria. The acceptance speeches that followed spellbound the audience.
It was a timely opportunity to publish the Katalyst Yearbook Winds of Change 2022inaugurate the first art exhibition with sale of works by Katalyst students and launch the new look of the website www.katalystindia.org
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