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The Leadership Storytellers Series on “Flourishing in Turbulent Times”


The Leadership Storytellers Series on “Flourishing in Turbulent Times”

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Join Ravi Venkatesan, as he talks about reconfiguring the right mindset to approach a fulfilling career! He also discusses the impact of technology on jobs.

As part of the Leadership Storytellers Series, the Ashank Desai Centre for Leadership and Organisational Development (ADCLOD) is exhilarated to announce a guest lecture titled “Flourishing in Turbulent Times”. Join Professor Kirti Sharda & Professor Kathan Shukla of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad as they speak with renowned tycoon Ravi Venkatesan, on how Agility and adaptability are crucial elements towards surviving in the 21st Century. Furthermore, they discuss how to hone the ‘meta-skills’ of the 21st Century, i.e., learning agility, communication, entrepreneurship and leadership. Attend this engrossing talk to more!


DRavi Venkatesan, author of the book "Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere",published by Harvard Business Press is the former Chairman of Microsoft India and Cummins India. Venkatesan is a director on the boards of Volvo, Infosys, and a member of the advisory boards of Bunge Ltd and Marico Innovation Foundation, and a fellow at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. He also serves on Harvard Business School's Global Alumni Board. Venkatesan is a founder and Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, a network of engaged leaders attempting to address complex social issues through venture philanthropy. Under Venkatesan's leadership between 2004 and 2011, India became Microsoft's second-largest geography and one of its fastest growing markets. Microsoft India was rated one of the country's most respected companies, among the most admired brands, and one of India's best employers. Ravi has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, a Masters in Engineering from Purdue University and a MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. Ravi was awarded Purdue University's Distinguished Engineering Alumnus award for the year 2011, and the Distinguished Alumnus award by the Indian Institute of Technology in 2003. Ravi is married to Sonali Kulkarni. They live in Bangalore, India.

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