XLRI Appoints Alka Raza Chair of Center for Gender Equality

XLRI – Xavier School of Management, in its effort to empower women nationwide, established an innovative Center for Gender Equality and Inclusive Leadership (CGEIL) in March 2021 to have a significant impact on the inclusion of women in economically remunerative activities. School B has now appointed Alka Raza, an accomplished journalist, media professional and author, as president.

The creation of CGEIL was the initiative of Alumni XLRI, who are passionate about improving women‘s participation in the workforce and in leadership. After the creation of the CGEIL, to support its initiative, a formal corps of XLRI Alumni, which is XL4W, was instituted.

While welcoming the new President, Father Paul Fernandes, and the Director of XLRI said, “It is an honor and a privilege to welcome Alka Raza, an accomplished media professional and scholar to the XLRI family. We are delighted that Alka is part of the Center with its more than 35 years of experience, which spans all continents of the world. She brings to the institution extensive experience in covering major socio-political and economic crises around the world. Her significant contributions to human development and women’s issues are sure to add value to our teachings. We look forward to learning more about his extensive work which has already had repercussions in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia, among others.

The Director emphasized that “CGEIL has an ambitious goal, which is to significantly increase the participation of women in the labor force over the next 5 to 10 years through strategic and large-scale interventions. As a first step, we created the CGEIL, and we aim to build a world-class center of excellence in the years to come. Despite the pandemic and a stressful 2021, the CGEIL and XL4W were able to mobilize and organize very mobilizing activities, including the launch of “UP! Surge – Journey to the C-Suite – a leadership workshop for women in leadership positions aspiring to C-Suite positions”.

Alka Raza thanked XLRI for the confidence it has shown in its vast experience and capabilities. She said: “I am honored to be part of the oldest and largest management institute in the country. My experience over the years has taught me that it is our duty and obligation to reach out to those living in disadvantaged circumstances. We must recognize women for their role and the contribution they have made for centuries”.

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