A Chat Session hosted by Hyatt Regency to celebrate the independence of women led by Ms. Britta Leick-Milde, Vice Chairwomen, AmCham Eastern Region


On 14th March 2016, the event was graced by eminent personalities from all walks of life who shared their experience in their journey to success through a panel discussion. The theme for the event was – “behind every great woman, there has to be a great man.”


Ms. Amada Kidwai, Regional Director, AmCham Eastern Region, opened the session by welcoming the audience and the panellists and said in her address that the theme for International Women’s Day 2016 celebrated on 8th March was gender parity. She mentioned that progress towards this had slowed down across the globe even though women continued to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. She hoped that all organizations ensure that their gender parity and diversity objectives would be equitable and fair. Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Chairman, Amcham Eastern Region, in his opening address spoke on how our society has evolved and come a long way in encouraging women to take up roles of their interest, from being not allowed to pursue higher studies in the past to taking up professional courses and excelling in life. He said that the mindset of people has changed gradually over time. In this gradual shift, fathers, brothers, husbands, friends and colleagues played a very important role and should continue to do so. The baton was then passed on to the moderators Ms. Nandita Palchoudhuri and Mr. Bikram Ghosh.


Ms. Nandita Palchoudhuri is a social entrepreneur curating and consulting internationally, in the field of Indian folk art craft and performance practices. Mr. Bikram Ghosh is an Indian tabla player who performs Hindustani classical music and fusion music. He is known to experiment and reinterpret music and culture; he dabbles in a vast repertoire of musical genres, from classical, rock, new-age, fusion to film music.  He is well known both in India and in the international arena.


The interactive session was both lively and thought provoking where panellist and audience had a very interesting interactive session. Ms. Britta Leick-Milde, General Manager Hyatt and Vice Chairwoman, AmCham Eastern Region, opened the discussions for the panellist. She gave an example of her own journey which set the tone for discussions.


The session was concluded by Ms. Britta Leick-Milde who said, “It was a wonderful interactive session with a very interesting topic. Celebration of womanhood is not only about empowerment but also living a life in a harmonious way. Our candid chat accentuated an environment of a synergy between both men and women. The topic, the panellists, and above all, such a bright audience made it an evening to be remembered for long. We wish to host more such sessions in the future!” The event was followed by a creative high-tea with an Indian coffee break theme.