Meeting the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India was an enriching experience for the Millennium Mams’. The interaction took place over a webinar wherein Mr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian discussed the impact of COVID – 19 on different sectors in India including agriculture. His dynamism reflected in the ways he suggested we could see the economy come back on track if the right measures were applied in the face of this hardship.
A household name for one and all, Mr. Vijay Shekhar Sharma graced the forum as he shared his experiences and his personal journey from his education in a Hindi medium school in Aligarh to his exponential rise in the business world after he revolutionized digital payments in India with PayTM. His speech was motivational and inspiring as he shared insights on leadership, team building and highlighted his fearless ways of dealing with failure. What was especially heartwarming was his simplicity and immense humility in the face of such unparalleled success.
Hindustan Unilever is a brand that needs no introduction and the man behind this banner, Mr. Sanjiv Mehta graced the platform by sparing his valuable time to share his mantras with the Mams’. He shared his learnings that have enabled HUL to remain a leader for over 8 decades! He also discussed the GSK acquisition, impact of COVID-19 on the industry and his perspective on what the future holds for this multi-starrer brand. He reinstated his learnings by sharing a message for all Millennium Mams’ to believe in ourselves and to dream big!
The session with Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Minister of MSME, Government of India; marked a golden chapter in the history of Millennium Mams’. Spreading the knowledge in financial literacy, he highlighted that MSMEs are the backbone of the country, contributing about 29 % of GDP growth and the measures that the Government is adopting to support this sector. He pointed out how this pandemic is a crisis but should be seen as an opportunity for this industry to upgrade technology, increase exports, reduce imports and make it a win-win situation for our prosperity. His vivid depiction of the future ahead for India was an awe-inspiring experience.
A duo that warmed our hearts and opened our minds with their session! Mr. Ajay Piramal and Dr. Swati Piramal mark the epitome of achievement in some ways while staying grounded with their deep spiritual roots. They graced our forum with an online interactive session. Dr. Swati Piramal is blessed with a rich “Portfolio of Life” and believes in being joyful in everything she does and believes in doing things creatively. She is a constant learner and fosters partnerships that are sure to prosper. She advised all women to reach for the stars! Mr. Ajay Piramal highlighted how the Bhagwat Gita has permeates into all aspects of his life. He crisply described the concept of “Trusteeship” that he eagerly believes in. His crisp three mantras for being a successful businessman are : Look beyond the headlines, be open minded and stay conservative with finances.
Mary Buffett is considered the world’s leading authority in the subject of Warren Buffett’s investment methods. She shared many first hand anecdotes on The Oracle of Omaha and interacted keenly with our members deepening our understanding of his principles in investments. While talking about investing in funds and equities, she also shared an inspiring message in which she highlighted the importance of investing in ourselves, especially as women.
An off-beat interaction, this one was a mega event, nonetheless as authors Mr. Hector Garcia from Tokyo and Francesc Miralles from Barcelona spoke on various concepts from their books, Ikigai and Ichigo Ichie. The members had interesting questions to raise covering various topics such as mindfulness, creativity and lost opportunities. Their answers to each of these questions were insightful. It was a delightful session for the book-worms in our group!
Indra Nooyi, the name created a ripple effect of excitement and the webinar with her was indeed, very popular amongst the Millennium Mams’. Former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo and current Director at Amazon, this dynamic leader struck a chord as she shared her life experiences and her journey in the corporate world. She highlighted the importance of being a life-long student and shared inspiring stories to emphasize that competition should be based on merit, not gender. Her appreciation of our platform was humbling.
Mr. Mohnish Pabrai, CEO of Pabrai Funds and Mr. Ramesh Damani, Ramesh Damani Finance Ltd., took time out for an enriching and insightful session with the Mams’. Knowledge about investments and financial literacy was deeply enhanced through this session as Mr. Pabrai shared interesting stories from his decade old association with Mr. Warren Buffett, and Mr. Damani shared his insights on the current state of affairs in the country and its impact on the economy. Mr. Pabrai spoke on the various benefits of cloning. The value of good businesses and many other topics along the lines of investments in equities. Mr. Damani went on to extrapolate on the sectors and industries which may stand to benefit from the pandemic. The session was extremely enriching and the Mams’ had keen take-aways from the two stalwarts.