Diversity Mahotsav

Venue: Virtual
Date / Timing: 01 Dec, 2021 - 31-Dec-2021

Diversity deserves to be celebrated! We understand how the uniqueness of each individual adds value to our world – workplaces benefit no less from this! Even as we celebrate each diversity for a day or week, we think it deserves more than that – how about an entire month! Introducing Diversity Mahotsav this December – 31 days of sharing, learning, celebrating the uniqueness of every individual and carrying with us the promise of inclusion into the new year!  

For the first time ever, myAvtar.com, India’s only Diversity Hiring portal presents #DiversityMahotsav – a virtual Diversity festival to embrace and celebrate our differences.

Inviting you to the first edition of #DiversityMahotsav and participate in activities that embrace the diversity of our community and ignite broader conversations on how we can foster inclusive workplaces.

What you can look forward to -

Over 30 FREE events throughout the month starting December 1st through 31st, 2021.

  • Enjoy interviews/talks/sessions from eminent and prominent personalities in the industry
  • Learn through skill-building workshops on Sign language, Inclusive Language, Resume writing and more
  • Listen to Employees’ success stories
  • Attend workshops on cracking the job interviews in Inclusive companies
  • Attend sessions on a wide range of topics including Diversity, Mental Health, NeuroDiversity, Women in Manufacturing/STEM/Sales, Allyship, Career Return and more
  • Be a part of this community at myAvtar and learn from your peers towards build a stable and fruitful career.

All this from the comfort of your homes. Register for FREE here at myavtar.com, and be part of the celebrations this December!

Program Description
Dec 1, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Inauguration of the Diversity Mahotsav

  • Celebrating Diversity - Dance Performance by Atma Studio
  • Inaugural Address by Dr Saundarya Rajesh Founder President

Fire side chat with 22-year-old Engineering Graduate, R Sharukala, President of Vengadampatti panchayat in Tamil Nadu

Dec 2, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Breakthrough Thoughts

Senior Experts from the industry will provide useful insights on building careers in different verticals. This session will provide an opportunity to learn, understand and gain insights on pivoting your career in the industry of your choice.

Manish Patil, FIS India Engineering India Director & Faurecia Technical Center India Site Director

Dec 3, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Panel Discussion: Overcoming Challenges to Accelerate Self-Inclusion

  • Vineet Saraiwala, Founder & CEO, Atypical Advantage
  • Swati TP, Manager (Human Resources), Indegene Lifesystems Pvt Ltd
  • Karishma Kannan, self-advocate, artist, model

Kannan Hariharan, Chief Strategist, Culture & Belongingness, Avtar Group

Dec 4, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Webinar on Career Breaks, not heartbreaks anymore

The session on “Career Breaks, not heartbreaks anymore!” will address myths on the subject of career breaks. It will help participants understand the key skills and steps to make a successful comeback post a career break

Nisha Chandran, Assistant Vice President, Training Solutions, Avtar Group 

Dec 5, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Analytics as a Second Career Choice

  • Bhanu Kumar, Head of Information Technology, Avtar Group
Dec 6, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Journey Beyond the Comfort Zone

Listen to the lived experience of an eminent personality from the underrepresented talent group

Parmesh Shahani (he/him) Author of Queeristan (2020); Public speaker, culture curator, LGBTQIA inclusion advocate. Former Head - Godrej India Culture Lab + D&I. TED Senior Fellow, Yale World Fellow, World Economic Forum YGL

Dec 7, 2021 4 to 5 pm

A Date with the Triumphant

This segment showcases women role models who have broken stereotypes and emerged successful in their profession and careers. A Date with the Triumphant will celebrate the success of such role models and provide opportunity to learn from their career journey.

Bela Kher, Delivery Director, Xoriant Solutions

Dec 8, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Webinar: Language Matters

Language can be a change maker when leveraged in the right way. Language has the power to shape culture. The webinar by Dr. Nandini Murali shall focus language as powerful tool that can either include or exclude and embrace or disgrace.

Dec 9, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Winning Inclusion Policy


Dec 10, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Fire-side Chat

  • Nirupama Subramanian, Founder&CEO- Powerfulife Solutions, Inclusion and Diversity Champion, Author and Columnist
  • Anju Rakesh, Assistant Vice President, Research Solutions at Avtar Group
Dec 11, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Skilling Workshop

Creating a winning LinkedIn Profile

Clara Kurian, Campus Recruiter, Talent Acquisition, LinkedIn

The session will focus on building an effective LinkedIn profile with details on

  • Writing a crisp profile
  • Promoting self on LinkedIn
Dec 12, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Skilling Workshop

3 Traits and A Magic Wand for Success

Vishakha Singh – Creator and Founder of SHIFT (Simple Habits and Ideas for Forward Thinking)

Three most important mental models that will lead your life to success by Vishakha Singh, Author of the course SHIFT- Simple Habits and Ideas for Forward Thinking.


Dec 13, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Lightning Talks

Rajasekharan Pazhaniappan, Co-founder at V-Shesh 


Dec 14, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Winning Inclusion Policy

“Inclusion is for Everyone”

Chandni Kamal

Director - HR, Global Head - Inclusion & Diversity, Employee Engagement, Wellness, Employee Experience, HCL Technologies

Dec 15, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Being an Ally

Pradeep Chavda, HR Director for Sodexo India

Dec 16, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Women in Sales

Isha Sharma, Marketing Manager, Online, Logitech Engineering and Designs India Pvt Ltd

Dec 17, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Returning from a Break

The Eternal Dilemma – Conquering the Mental Chatter

Cognizant – Bhaskar Shastri, Director –Projects, Cognizant

Dec 18, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Role Model

Today is the New Tomorrow

Vidhya Narayanan, PwD, Podcaster, Photographer & Professional Recruiter

Dec 19, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Skilling Workshop

Emotional Intelligence

Sunkanya Raman

Dec 20, 2021 4 to 5 pm

DEI Practices at Sodexo India

Leah Dango, Segment Director, Sodexo India

Pradeep Chavda, HR Director, Sodexo India



Dec 21, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Pride and Beyond

Beyond Gender and Sexual Diversity

Mahua Seth – Senior Director, Lead Embrace Affinity Group, LGBTQ, Cognizant

Dec 22, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Lightning Talks

Kajal Srinivasan, Stand-up Comic


Sweta Mantri, MBA Professional turned Stand-up Comic

Dec 23, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Women in STEM

Sarika Gupta Bhattacharya, Founder, BD Foundation

Dec 24, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Breakthrough Thoughts

Gender Diversity

Unnikrishnan AR 

Managing Director at Saint-Gobain India Private Limited - Glass Business

& Saumya Iyer 

Team Leader- Human Resources at Saint-Gobain India Private Limited - Glass Business

Dec 25, 2021 4 to 5 pm


Every Story Matters: The Art, Science and Craft of storytelling 

It's said, the shortest distance between 2 people is a story. Professional, or Personal life, stories and oral narratives are vital and keeps us connected with fellow humans. The session will begin with a short story performed based on DIE, and therein, what makes a storyteller and how this is the best time to build a career into Storytelling 

Vikram Sridhar 

Dec 26, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Pride & Beyond

Ritushree Panigrahi

Honing up skills on being a Stand-up Comic

Dec 27, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Breakthrough Thoughts

Don’t Stop Believing

Prabhakar Bisen, Lead, Service Delivery, Business and Technology Solutions, Research Content Services and Education Content Services Businesses, Global Operations, Straive 

Dec 28, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Winning Inclusion Policy

Significance of DE&I

Zeel Dusia - Talent Acquisition – Lead, Straive

Vinitha Vipin Mohandas, AVP, Operations, Straive

Dec 29, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Pride and Beyond 

Untold Lies

Amita Kasbekar, Principal Strategist, LGBTQ Practice, Avtar Group


Raga D Silva, Author, DE&I Advisor, Corporate Speaker

Dec 30, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Women in STEM

The gendered Path Ahead

Interview with Sarika Gupta Bhattacharya, Director, Development – Plaksha Founder; & Board member -  BeyonDiversity

Dec 31, 2021 4 to 5 pm

Culturals – Percussion by Rethnashree 

Lightning Talks

Closing Keynote by Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Founder – President, Avtar Group

Nurturing Resilience: The Art of Bouncing Forward

Conversation between Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Founder- President, Avtar Group and Kuppulakshmi, Global Head – Zoho for Startups