How We Did It

WOMEN ARE NOT JUST RIS­ING UP THE COR­PO­RATE LAD­DER; THEY ARE MAKING A HUGE IM­PACT AT THE GRASS­ROOTS TOO.

Business Today - - THE MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN BUSINESS - BY TEAM BT

THERE HAS BEEN A STEADY rise of women up the cor­po­rate lad­der. We at Busi­ness To­day know that very well, since we were the first pub­li­ca­tion to high­light the achieve­ments of women in In­dian busi­ness start­ing 2003. Last year, we widened the scope to iden­tify women who are making an im­pact at the grass­roots level.

We start off the process for iden­ti­fy­ing the Most Pow­er­ful Women (MPW) in June with an ini­tial list of 150-odd women, many of who have fea­tured in our list in ear­lier years. That’s when BT ed­i­tors and re­porters sug­gest names of women who have made a dif­fer­ence over the last fis­cal. But, lo­cat­ing the women who have made a so­cial im­pact was dif­fi­cult, since there is not much avail­able on them in the pub­lic do­main. Our team did the ground­work to iden­tify these women based on the im­pact they have cre­ated.

In the sec­ond phase, a BT team eval­u­ates each of these women on their per­for­mance - backed by our Prin­ci­pal Re­search An­a­lyst Niti Ki­ran. Post that, the se­nior ed­i­tors short­listed 71 women in busi­ness and 30 in the im­pact cat­e­gories. This list was pre­sented to a power-packed jury that in­cluded Rashesh Shah, Chair­man, Edel­weiss Group; Shailesh Harib­hakti, Chair­man, Men­torCap Man­age­ment; Jayshree Vyas, MD, Sewa Bank; Ashok Wadhwa, Group CEO, Am­bit Cap­i­tal; his­to­rian Gita Pi­ra­mal; and Mad­hukar Ka­math, Chair­man Emer­i­tus, DDB Mu­dra Group.

This jury, af­ter two hours of de­lib­er­a­tion, iden­ti­fied the win­ners. The list of win­ners in­cludes first gen­er­a­tion en­trepreneurs, mar­ket­ing wiz­ards, bank­ing lead­ers and deal mak­ers. This year, be­sides 12 fresh en­trants in the busi­ness cat­e­gory, we have two women – Zarin Daruwala and Aruna Jayan­thi– win­ning the award for the sev­enth time, and en­ter­ing the 'BT Hall of Fame', and, of course be­ing con­sis­tent per­form­ers. But, the big dif­fer­ence is the list of Im­pact Women, many of whom are well known names for the work that they are do­ing at the ground level.

STAND­ING LEFT TORIGHT: Shailesh Harib­hakti, Chair­man at Men­torCap Man­age­ment; Ashok Wadhwa, Group CEO, Am­bit Cap­i­tal; Mad­hukar Ka­math, Chair­man Emer­i­tus, DDB Mu­dra GroupSIT­TING LEFT TORIGHT: Jayshree Vyas, MD of SEWA Bank; Busi­ness his­to­rian Gita Pi­ra­mal: Rashesh Shah, Chair­man, Edel­weiss Group

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