SHRM India Talent Conference 2021 concluded successfully


SHRM India Talent Conference 2021: Delves deep into the Talent: Acquisition, Management, Development, and Wellbeing

SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) India, as the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace concluded #SHRMITalent21, one of the biggest HR conference in India which puts people first. The two day conference saw a confluence of ideas from the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces.

The Virtual Conference was focussed on four Conclaves and attended by 2500+ attendees, 100+ Speakers and Industry experts and unparalleled learning across 50+ In-depth Knowledge Sessions. The first day of the conference kick-started with the welcome address by Ms Achal Khanna, CEO, SHRM India & Business Head – APAC & MENA

 Inaugurating the conference, Ms. Khanna said, “We at SHRM believe that each individual worker has the potential to impact organizational success. It is no longer about doing the bare minimum but about caring for their mental and emotional health and giving them the right tool and technology to thrive at work. Not everyone is flourishing in the remote workplace and it is HR’s job to help employees successfully integrate their lives with work, be persistent in reaching out, checking in and innovating solutions to help them achieve their full potential.

We have gathered an assembly of globally renowned speakers to share their insights talent acquisition, development and management. This year, we have a dedicated wellbeing track in addition to three other tracks taking a deep dive into how pandemic will forever change acquisition, development and management of people. The next normal is right around the corner, are we going to continue with temporary solution or are we going to rethink from the ground up to create brand new strategies and implement them quickly because the post-pandemic world will see a global skill gap and an urgent need to reskill for new business realities” she added.

This was followed by an opening Keynote by Johnny C. Taylor Jr. SHRM-SCP, President & CEO, SHRM. Addressing the session, Johnny said, “I am glad that we could gather to celebrate and learn from successful leaders and businesses around the world.”

“Its’ all about people first and we have come through an extraordinary year as a global HR family amid a global pandemic, locked down to remote work, HR has been thrust into the spotlight like never before. SHRM’s research have found that 80 percent of HR professionals report that their work has been especially crucial to their organization since the pandemic began last year. 68 percent of HR professionals report that leaders have relied more on HR for success since the pandemic began. This is HR’s moment and I am pleased to say that we stepped up and proved the value of HR. I think we have changed the trajectory of HR for generations to come He said.

In another inspiring keynote session on the day one, “Paradigm Shift in Technology: Enabling the Human Journey”, Pramod Bhasin, Chairman, ICRIER; Founder, Genpact Ltd; Chairman, Clix Capital explained how to best support employees and leaders & what’s needed to understand people.

Day 2 of the conference started with an energetic keynote session by Marc Effron, President, The Talent Strategy Group who enlightened the attendees on how to create a holistic & effective talent strategy and the right approach to focus on the learning & development curve of employees.

The two day event ended with Closing Keynote Address’ “From Chaos to Control – Expect the Unexpected”, panellists David Lobo, Executive Coach & Organization Consultant; Dr. Anish Sha, Managing Director & CEO, Mahindra Group and Manoj Kohli, Country Head, Softbank India, Softbank Group International discussed about how being proactive, thinking holistically, and communicating strategically can help you handle the unexpected.

Some of the globally renowned speakers who contributed at the event today were, Pramod Bhasin, Chairman, ICRIER, Founder, Genpact Ltd; Chairman, Clix Capital; Aditya Malik CEO, Talent Edge; Priti Singh, Senior VP, Mastercard; Vikram Bector, President & Group CHRO, Piramal Group; Anuradha Razdan, Executive Director HR, HUL; Yash Mahadik, President, Global HR & Co-Lead Business Transformation Office, Lupin Global; Vikram Tandon, CHRO, Adani Group; Santosh Desai, MD & CEO, Future Brands Ltd; Alpana Parida, Managing Director – CEO & Founder Tiivra Ventures; Rajan Kalia, SHRM Advisor & Co-Founder, Salto Dee Fe; Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, India & APAC, Coursera; Nilesh Modi, Chief of Staff, Chairman’s Office, Reliance Industries Ltd.; Manu Narang Wadhwa, CHRO, Sony Pictures Networks India; Seema Ajwani, MD – Employee Relations, Policies & Statutory Compliances, Accenture India; Ayaskant Sarangi, CLO, Wipro; Chandrashekarr BS,Head – Total Rewards, India, Adobe;

Some of the other exciting sessions of the day were:
  • The Art of Attracting and Retaining Top Talent
  • Data-Driven Solutions: Integrating Diversity and Inclusion into Talent Acquisition
  • Extending the Reach of HR: Sourcing Remote Talent
  • Time to Reinvent Workways – What the Tech?  
  • The Big Picture: Key Shifts in Managing Talent
  • Age of Extreme Change: Riding the wave
  • The Journey to Well-Being – A Holistic Approach to Employee Wellness
  • It’s no Longer a workforce – It’s a Skillforce          
  • Masterclass – Building Ownership: The Success Mantra for navigating the new world of Hybrid work
  • Enabling an Agile Workforce with AI-powered Learning
  • for Employee wellbeing

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally.


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