Tanya Ginwala is a clinical psychologist by training and has experience ranging from rehabilitation for substance abuse to corporate facilitation programs on experiential learning. In her last post, she managed the daily operations of a non-profit that used adventure sports to promote inclusion for Persons with Disability. Today, she is the Indian representative at the International Adventure Therapy Committee and has founded Qualia Mental Health, where she channels her passion for the intersection between adventure, nature and mental health. Tanya started by explaining the goals of the session, with the hope that by the end of the session, attendees would have an understanding of how mental health impacts organisations, teams and individuals. How could we support and sustain the emotional well-being of those around us? Tanya opened the session with a series of polls aimed at better understanding the audience. The first poll displayed a set of images on screen;
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Sriram Naganathan has been associated with educational entities such as UpSchoolProject (USP), Ignus and ThinQ. He currently works with a team of professionals in improving the quality of education for marginalized children across selected schools in India. Trained in Business Journalism at the Times Research Foundation in Delhi, Sriram was a Reuter Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK. He also works with Venture Intelligence, which tracks deals in the private equity and venture capital ecosystem in India. Sriram started the session by explaining how technology is playing out for the marginalized community, particularly the children. In his experience, he has seen that illiterate parents, income-earning women and students enjoy the benefits of technology. For example, smartphones are extremely useful for the illiterate population because of ease of use. They can associate a picture with a number, without having to read the name. In case of women, there are examples
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Yashasvini Rajeshwar is the Founder and CEO of AuxoHub, a Chennai-based social sector consultancy. She has several years of experience working in social sector organisations across the country, specifically contributing to their communications strategy and content. She also has over 12 years of experience as a freelance journalist, with bylines in publications including The Hindu. Yashasvini started the session by stressing the importance of communications in the social sector, even while recognising that it is often ignored. In this session, Yashasvini explained what can be done to make communication more effective. By way of introduction, she explained AuxoHub’s attitude towards communication. Instead of seeing it as advertising, the team tries to work with their clients to give words to the work that they do. This helps the work speak for itself and makes sure on-ground work reaches the intended audience. Yashasvini went about explaining the different reasons why organisations may
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Akhila Rajeshwar is the Executive Director of TiE Chennai. She has decades of experience working in the corporate sector, including as the CCO of a city hospital. In her present role, she has led TiE Chennai towards successfully securing the Best TiE Global Chapter Award (2018-19). She is the perfect mentor to budding social sector organisations looking to make their presence felt among funders. Akhila Rajeshwar started the session by broadly outlining the ways in which non profits can build a relationship with funders. The critical factor of “trust building” was the major theme of her session, as she reiterated how trust formed the foundation for all relationship building. She drew on the methods used by TiE Chennai with regard to communicating with funders/ sponsors. As TiE Chennai’s motto is “Serve First and Scale Next” the main focus is that even before asking funders for anything, they focus on how
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Girish Ananthanarayanan is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He moved from a corporate career at McKinsey & Company to being COO of Peepul, an education-focused non-profit. He is successfully leading the operations of this well-established organisation. Girish started by pointing out two problem statements that were discussed in the session: 1. Funding Cycle: Few criterias to look out for with regard to funding 2. How do things need to evolve, especially in this situation of COVID19? How can the NGOs go back to funders and talk to them about the shift in programs? With the current situation of COVID19, pandemic and lockdown, society as we know it is undergoing a transformation. It is evident that everything we do and decide now would have a lasting impact. It is necessary to engage in activities that are a priority right now rather than
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