‘Sky is Pink’ Feature: Women Leaders on Work, Play & Heart(h)

The International Women’s Day – celebrated worldwide every year on March 8th has come a long way over the century – from women demanding the right to vote to women currently excelling in every field, shattering glass ceilings, leading some of the largest conglomerates to being the epitome of balancing and managing it all – home, career, personal interests. But how do they really do it? How far do we still need to go? Is it even possible to have an added dimension personally and excel at it? We think we got some marvellous insights through our conversations we had with some stellar women CXOs.

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Rajesh Saluja, ASK Wealth Advisors on Golf, Cricket, Poker & Staying Positive

Rajesh Saluja, CEO & Managing Partner, ASK Wealth Advisors, has over two decades of experience in the consumer banking, wealth management and private wealth advisory verticals and is well known for his love for golf which he took to in 1999 when he was heading the Priority Banking & Deposits India arm for Standard Chartered Bank. He is also an avid cricketer and represents his son’s school at prominent inter-school-league tournaments, putting in several hours of dedicated practice during the season, typically October – March. That’s not all. Rajesh also enjoys playing Poker. In this conversation, we converse on each of his passions, some key turning points in his life – personal & professional, his views on success, work life balance and of course, some invaluable insights on investing and an equally interesting fun facts section.

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Padmakar K, HR Director, BPCL on iPassion – employee talent development portal based on multiple intelligences theory

It is 2020 and what better way to kickstart it than by showcasing a brilliant way an organisation went about in building passion-based communities for all its employees, taking the concept of work-life balance to a different level altogether. And this, Our very own Bharat Petroleum Corporation ! Here’s presenting a lovely conversation Sunayana Nair had with Mr. Padmakar Kappagantula, HR Director at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.

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Prashant Mehta, Lightbox, on endurance sports, biking, Ironman, trekking and million dollar ideas

Prashant Mehta, Partner, Lightbox, talks about his formative years,his love for biking and endurance sports and how it keeps him going especially when there is a noble cause attached to it, his fourth Ironman 70.3 attempt in Turkey, his love for trekking, his crazy gang of friends who constantly attempt the crazier, insights into spotting that million-dollar business idea, success and well…the unpredictability of life.

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ajith nair

Ajith Nair on Employee Experience, Leadership & Engaging Corporate Culture

Ajith Nair, Director of Kincentric speaks to Sunayana Nair, Editor, CXOLife regarding the essence of employee engagement and its role in aiding disruption, emergence of employee experience (EX) and the need to link it with customer experience, challenges organisations face to implement sustainable engagement solutions, importance of work-life balance, attributes and skill sets of a new-age leader and insights on leadership.

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Vivek Bhargava on Table Tennis, Chess, Happiness and Success

Vivek Bhargava, CEO, DAN Performance Group heads the digital performance agencies of the reputed Dentsu Aegis Network. Vivek has been on this digital journey since 1997 when he commenced his venture Communicate2 to help Indian companies communicate better having observed the medium’s gradual but gripping impact in the US on his family trips and as a young student. From a time when digital meant at the most having an add-on CD to a corporate brochure to now when it is omnipresent, the journey has been a promising one for Vivek, who is regarded as among the top digital minds in India today.

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Rajen Prabhu on Triathlons, Standup Comedy, Persistence, Success

Rajen Prabhu, Sr. Director at a large fintech major takes us through his career milestones beginning with a stellar academic record bagging seats at the prestigious IIT Madras & IIM Ahmedabad, his professional stints as a consultant before he finally found his calling at Citibank where he headed Citi India’s eCommerce, Bill Payments and Payments Innovation business, which he considers as his first key milestone professionally. Personally, he considers his marriage to his lovely and talented wife Sowmya Venkatesan, who he says is his biggest fan, as a key milestone which gave him a sense of direction. Rajen also shares how his move to Singapore helped him embark upon the journey to fitness and endurance sports and revisits some favourite chapters from his childhood.

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Samson Tan on Travel, Global Travel Trends, Water Polo & Golf

Now, this one should be of special interest to the ones bitten by the travel bug! We have with Samson Tan, CEO, GTMC Travel & Chairman, Inbound Committee, National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS). In this conversation with Manoj Aravindakshan, Samson shares his insights on the travel industry, especially in Singapore, his love for traveling and discovering new places. Samson speaks of his love for water polo which he has been playing since he was 9 years old and plays in the Chinese Swimming Club, Singapore. Tan also loves to play golf and is doing so since nearly twenty years now and has won several amateur golf tournaments. Samson also speaks on work life balance and on how family holds the key in keeping his enthusiasm alive.

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