Amazon India lets students shadow its senior leaders for a day

Under ‘ADayAtAmazon’ initiative, the Company allowed two students to observe and learn the nuances of leadership, and also get an inside view of Amazon’s work culture

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In a bid to help develop and nurture future leaders, Amazon India has announced its unique initiative, ‘ADayAtAmazon’. Under this initiative, two selected B-school students got the opportunity to shadow Akhil Saxena, vice president, customer fulfilment operations, APAC, MENA & LATAM and WW Customer Service, Amazon, for an entire workday.

During the day, the students got to interact with other senior Amazon India operations leaders too. The initiative also enabled the students to experience Amazon’s innovative and inclusive workplace culture, first hand, and participate in different business meetings. They also visited Amazon’s fulfilment centre.

The two students were selected via a five-day online competition across B-schools in India, wherein students were required to create a one-minute video sharing their views on leadership and what they desired to learn at Amazon. The programme received about 1,300 entries from the top B-schools in the country.

Riya Mehta from IIM Bangalore and Gokul V S from SPJIMR Mumbai, the two students who made the cut, were selected for the tailored programme designed to provide them an opportunity to experience Amazon’s unique culture, the science of perfection and art of empathetic leadership.

The students found it “inspiring to watch these leaders in action and learn from them”. They were able to observed leadership traits that will help them “become more empathetic leaders in future”. They called it an “insightful, inspiring and thought provoking” experience, to be “cherished for a lifetime”.

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