The India Diversity Job Fair 2021 (IDJF2021), presented by Zee Entertainment Enterprises, which concluded recently, was a mega diversity job fair organised with the objective of boosting corporate India’s diversity hiring. With participation from 30 Diversity Hiring Partners, the virtual fair received over 5,000 registrations for more than 350 vacancies.
The two-day event was aimed at “making a difference in the employment fabric” of the country based on DE&I, as revealed by Rishi Kapoor, head – management committee, India Diversity Forum.
The theme of the fair was ‘Equal Opportunity for All’, and over 15 renowned business and HR leaders discussed various aspects of diversity hiring in the IDJF Summit that took place on the first day of the fair.
The panel of speakers at the IDJF Summit 2021 comprised Anisha Motwani, founder & director, STN Ventures; Ankit Bansal, founder & CEO, Sapphire Human Solutions; Avantika Susan Nigam, director & head – HR, PepsiCo Hyderabad; Bhavna Kumar, director – HR, Deutsche Bank; Ekta Singh, CHRO, AGS Health; Ganesh Chandan, CHRO, Tata Projects; Pallavi Poddar, regional HR director – India, Middle East and Africa, Ingersoll Rand; Praveen Menon, chief people officer, IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company; Renu Bohra, CHRO, Schenker India; Ritu Anand, chief leadership & diversity officer, TCS; Suchitra Kerkar, region head and VP – people & culture, APAC and China, Vestas; Sudha Ravi, CCO, Piramal Capital & Housing Finance; Vidyottama Sharma, editor-in-chief, India Diversity Forum.
The fair was an initiative by India Diversity Forum (IDF), a Section 8 company, and an industry-agnostic and company-agnostic entity, committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in corporate India. The Fair was organised and executed in partnership with Sapphire Connect, the B2B event specialist.
Amongst the topics discussed were the reasons why a diversity recruitment strategy is important. The speakers stressed that the companies that are more diverse are better equipped to attract quality talent and improve the satisfaction levels of both employees and customers.