19 Oct 2020 17:59 IST

Make room for diversity at workplaces: Nielsen HR Lead

Inclusive organisations can bring innovative solutions to business challenges, says Ritika Sakhuja

Indian School of Business and Finance (ISBF), New Delhi, virtually hosted Ritika Sakhuja, Talent Acquisition Leader (Africa, India and Middle East), Nielsen, to deliberate on the topic “Understanding diversity and inclusion, and breaking bias.” Sakhuja was earlier with Genpact, CPA Global, and Kantar, as a HR professional with a career spanning over 15 years.


Ritika Sakhuja, Talent Acquisition Lead, Nielsen




The public lecture was delivered virtually owing to the pandemic, and witnessed over 50 students participating from various schools and colleges across the country. The lecture led to a discussion on how diversity and inclusion at workplaces can bring innovative solutions and lead to better financial performance and organisational growth.

Sakhuja, during her session, emphasised on the fact that in the current uncertain times, it is crucial to understand diversity and inclusion in order to break biases at workplaces. She stressed the importance of educating ourselves on inculcating a positive approach towards understanding different groups of people within society.

Sharing anecdotes from real-life scenarios on how gender bias has seeped into the hiring process at workplaces, she said, “We need to make room for diversity in offices without compromising on the quality of work. A woman or a transgender person can do just as good as their male counterparts in the same position.”

The interactive lecture was followed by a highly engaging question-answer session with the students from ISBF. During this, Sakhuja said, “The current generation has the opportunity to witness the miracles of diversity and inclusion now more than ever."

In the past, in its public lecture series, the institute has hosted renowned speakers from a diverse set of backgrounds and sectors, including Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission; Dr Pronab Sen, Former Chief Statistician of India; Dr Abhijit Sen, Former Member of the Planning Commission; Nikhil Arora, Vice President, Managing Director, GoDaddy India; and Dr Ajit Mishra, Director of Institute of Economic Growth (IEG).