An Interview With Priyanka Mohanty

About her:
She is Conferred with Women Achievers Award for ‘Best Woman Leader in Corporate Sector 2019’ by ASSOCHAM, ‘India’s HR 40under40’ by Jombay to identify India’s top 40 young HR Leaders, 101 HR Super Achievers by World HRD Congress, ‘Future HR Leader of the Year’ by BW Businessworld and ‘HR Professional of the Year’ Startek-Aegis, she is currently working as Vice President-Global Corporate HR, Startek as a distinguished HR professional.
She is currently leading ‘Global Talent Management & Engagement’ for the company spread across 13 countries, 6 continents and comprising of 50000+ strong multicultural and multi lingual workforce venturing into Outsourcing, Technology and Social Business space. She has diverse experience in Global Policies and Processes, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Value Proposition, Global Cultural Integration & M&A, Organizational Development, Succession Planning, HR Awards for Employer Branding and HR Operations.
She is also the ‘Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager’ of the company and have been highly instrumental in the company being conferred with multiple awards from Aon, National Award from Govt. of India (Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment) for empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Great Place to Work, SHRM, People Matters, NCPEDP, NIPMAN, SARTHAK, BW Businessworld, People First, National Society for Equal opportunities for the Handicapped (NASEOH), and various government awards among others.
She loves to write and co-parent her 5 year old son.

• About work
She is currently leading ‘Global Talent Management & Engagement’ apart from being the ‘Global Diversity & Inclusion’ champion for her company. Startek (erstwhile Aegis) is spread across 13 countries, 54 global locations, 6 continents and comprising of 46000+ strong multicultural and multi lingual workforce venturing into Outsourcing, Technology and Social Business space. Her role encompasses leading Global HR Policies and Processes, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Value Proposition, Global Cultural Integration & M&A, Succession Planning and HR Awards for Employer Branding.
Being the ‘Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion’ in my company, she has executed the innovative six dimensional model under the aegis of leadership team of ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ which includes a) Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), b) Gender Inclusivity, c) Inclusion of Socially and Economically disadvantaged people, d) Culturally & Linguistically diverse people, e) Mature Age People and f) Inclusion of Indigenous People.
In the last 8 years, her work has enabled hiring of more than 5000 Persons with Disabilities, improved the gender ratio from 81:19 to 53:47 and also enabled employment opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged people from Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities as part of the Diversity initiative in her company across 13 countries. Under her Talent Management and Engagement leadership, she has been extremely instrumental in her company being conferred with more than 100 HR awards from Aon, National Award from Govt. of India (Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment) for empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, ASSOCHAM, Great Place to Work, SHRM, People Matters, NCPEDP, NIPMAN, SARTHAK, BW Businessworld, People First, National Society for Equal opportunities for the Handicapped (NASEOH), and various government awards among others.
All these awards are testimony to the work on Diversity and Inclusion and Best Employer. The same has also been published in various platforms such as Forbes India, BW Businessworld, People Matters. SightsInPlus, Global Consultants Immigration Review etc.

Read her full Interview here:

Dear SHE, on behalf of all the readers, public, families, friends and your well-wishers, we would like to discuss something about you and of course, your journey as well. This conversation will help readers to know more about you and your journey. Please give answers to the attached answers in brief. Please also attach your photograph in mail @thespiritmania@gmail.com
So let’s start now…….
The Spirit Mania: Most welcome to The Spirit Mania. We heartily congratulate you for being an INFLUENTIAL WOMEN OF THE YEAR 2K20. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers and your well-wishers and also with us.
Answer:
Firstly I would like to thank ‘TheSpiritMania’ for this initiative and also for conferring this honour of ‘Influential Women Award 2K20’. I am sure that this will have a great impact on the lives of many women who are on the path of creating a difference.
I am currently leading ‘Global Talent Management & Engagement’ apart from being the ‘Global Diversity & Inclusion’ champion for my company which is spread across 13 countries, 54 global locations and comprising of 46000+ strong multicultural and multi lingual workforce venturing into Outsourcing, Technology and Social Business space. My role encompasses leading Global HR Policies and Processes, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Value Proposition, Global Cultural Integration, Succession Planning and HR Awards for Employer Branding. It has been a wonderful journey so far with a lot of learnings and success stories.
Being the ‘Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion’ in my company, I have facilitated execution of the innovative “Hexagonal model of diversity and inclusion” which includes Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), Gender Inclusivity, Inclusion of Socially and Economically disadvantaged people, Culturally & Linguistically diverse people, Mature Age People and inclusion of Indigenous People. In the last 8 years we have enabled hiring of thousands of Persons with Disabilities, improved the gender ratio greatly and also enabled employment opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged people from Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities as part of the Diversity initiative.
I have been highly instrumental in the company being conferred with multiple HR awards from Aon, National Award from Govt. of India (Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment) for empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, ASSOCHAM, Great Place to Work, SHRM, People Matters, NCPEDP, NIPMAN, SARTHAK, BW Businessworld, People First, National Society for Equal opportunities for the Handicapped (NASEOH), and various government awards among others.
Our work has been featured in various magazines such as Forbes India, BW Businessworld, People Matters. SightsInPlus, Global Consultants Immigration Review and I have also been invited as a panelist speaker by National Abilympic Association of India and Sarthak for the cause of Diversity and Inclusion.
Apart from TSM Influential Woman Award 2K20, in my individual capacity I have also been conferred with the following awards
1) Recognised in category of ‘Woman HR Leader of the Year’ by BW Businessworld, 2020
2) Women Achievers Award for ‘Best Woman Leader in Corporate Sector 2019’ by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)
3) ‘HR 40under40’ by Jombay to identify India’s top 40 young HR Leaders in 2018
4) ‘101 HR Super Achievers’ by World HRD Congress in 2019
5) ‘Best HR Leader’ in India HR Leadership Awards (ILA) by Sona School of Management
6) ‘Future HR Leader of the Year’ by BW Businessworld in 2017
7) ‘HR Professional of the Year’ in Startek-Aegis in 2018
The Spirit Mania: Please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author/blogger/teacher and other fields in which you are working? When you actually started your journey and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to become what you are today?
Answer:
Currently I am based out of Pune in Maharashtra; however I come from a small town, Cuttack, in Odisha which is also known as the Milleninium City and Silver city due to its history of 1000 years and also famous filigree works. I actually started my career journey after completing my Chemical Engineering from one of the premier institutes, N.I.T. Rourkela (erstwhile R.E.C) in Odisha where I ranked 53 amongst females in my State. After my Chemical Engineering I got through campus in Madras Aluminium Company (MALCO), part of Sterlite Industries (now Vedanta). I got posted in Mettur, a remote industrial town in Salem district in the state of Tamil Nadu, located 1530 kms away from my hometown Cuttack in Odisha. In the factory I was a female engineer working in the ‘Red Alumina’ unit where I took charge and was the only girl with grey uniform and yellow helmet amongst hundreds of blue collar Tamil workers in the bauxite unit.
After this stint I always knew my passion lies in Human Resources and I switched from engineering to HR. I knew that my unfazed decision to switch from Chemical Engineering to Human Resource despite the caution and dissuasion from everyone around me will be worth it.
And that’s when my journey into Human Resource field started. I am happy that I could make a difference to the success of my company, my team and peers, to the lives of people and in many cases, positive and lasting contributions to the communities in which they live.
The Spirit Mania: Please tell the readers something about your interest in the respective field. What is your message to those readers who are trying to do the best in your field?
Answer:
I was always interested to make a mark in Corporate journey and choosing HR made it very challenging and interesting for me. In this journey of HR in last 13 years, I always been driven by achieving results coupled with learning. With excitement for new opportunities which involve the process of exploration and echoing the traits of tenacity, ambition and hard work, I can stand through challenging circumstances and have the willingness to take charge of situations. I can form meaningful connections and relationships while also being comfortable in navigating chaos in a changing business environment.
So for all those B-School students and aspiring HR professionals who want to pursue HR as a career, trust me, HR is always at the helm of affairs offering immense opportunities for you, where you can make a difference to the success of your company, team, peers, lives of people and lasting contributions to the communities in which they live. Policies and Process, Employee Value Proposition, Diversity and Inclusion, Cultural Integration, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Employer Branding, Compensation & Benefits, Analytics and many more; such diverse facets are only seen in HR where you can make an everlasting impact on business.
The Spirit Mania: And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those girls and women who are suffering from any problem in their journey to achieve something big? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.
Answer:
My advice will be very simple.
3 simple things – vision of where you want to go, commitment to do what it takes to get there and flawless execution of the vision. Use the 2120 Philosophy i.e. that one extra degree in life and work which makes all the difference and produces exponential results. Understanding the business and being able to take the organization closer to the customer coupled with right attitude, relationship management and the fact that none of us are as strong as all of us will surely help to bring in the ‘WOW” effect from our shareholders, customers and above all employees.
The Spirit Mania: Being one of the Influential Women; what type of changes do you want in your society as well as with respect to women?
Answer:
I think the most important thing that organizations can do at this point in time in line with equal employment opportunity commitment and diversity framework is a commitment to provide gainful employment or continuity to women after a career/ maternity break. It is important to integrate women back into the ecosystem after a maternity break and to provide a platform to women looking for opportunities after such a career break. This could be in terms of flexible working options which will encourage women to make most appropriate choice for themselves in terms of work-life balance and a mentoring program for re-hires to drive interventions for settling their anxieties. Assessment of re-skilling needs can be done and affinity groups can be created for women to learn and share.
Honestly I believe all are equal and I would like to tell all the women out there – that never get tired of chasing your dreams. The key to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching. And success will surely come your way!
Great! We have come to the end of our interview session.

About her:
She is Conferred with Women Achievers Award for ‘Best Woman Leader in Corporate Sector 2019’ by ASSOCHAM, ‘India’s HR 40under40’ by Jombay to identify India’s top 40 young HR Leaders, 101 HR Super Achievers by World HRD Congress, ‘Future HR Leader of the Year’ by BW Businessworld and ‘HR Professional of the Year’ Startek-Aegis, she is currently working as Vice President-Global Corporate HR, Startek as a distinguished HR professional.
She is currently leading ‘Global Talent Management & Engagement’ for the company spread across 13 countries, 6 continents and comprising of 50000+ strong multicultural and multi lingual workforce venturing into Outsourcing, Technology and Social Business space. She has diverse experience in Global Policies and Processes, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Value Proposition, Global Cultural Integration & M&A, Organizational Development, Succession Planning, HR Awards for Employer Branding and HR Operations.
She is also the ‘Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager’ of the company and have been highly instrumental in the company being conferred with multiple awards from Aon, National Award from Govt. of India (Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment) for empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Great Place to Work, SHRM, People Matters, NCPEDP, NIPMAN, SARTHAK, BW Businessworld, People First, National Society for Equal opportunities for the Handicapped (NASEOH), and various government awards among others.
She loves to write and co-parent her 5 year old son.

• About work
She is currently leading ‘Global Talent Management & Engagement’ apart from being the ‘Global Diversity & Inclusion’ champion for her company. Startek (erstwhile Aegis) is spread across 13 countries, 54 global locations, 6 continents and comprising of 46000+ strong multicultural and multi lingual workforce venturing into Outsourcing, Technology and Social Business space. Her role encompasses leading Global HR Policies and Processes, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Value Proposition, Global Cultural Integration & M&A, Succession Planning and HR Awards for Employer Branding.
Being the ‘Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion’ in my company, she has executed the innovative six dimensional model under the aegis of leadership team of ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ which includes a) Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), b) Gender Inclusivity, c) Inclusion of Socially and Economically disadvantaged people, d) Culturally & Linguistically diverse people, e) Mature Age People and f) Inclusion of Indigenous People.
In the last 8 years, her work has enabled hiring of more than 5000 Persons with Disabilities, improved the gender ratio from 81:19 to 53:47 and also enabled employment opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged people from Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities as part of the Diversity initiative in her company across 13 countries. Under her Talent Management and Engagement leadership, she has been extremely instrumental in her company being conferred with more than 100 HR awards from Aon, National Award from Govt. of India (Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment) for empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, ASSOCHAM, Great Place to Work, SHRM, People Matters, NCPEDP, NIPMAN, SARTHAK, BW Businessworld, People First, National Society for Equal opportunities for the Handicapped (NASEOH), and various government awards among others.
All these awards are testimony to the work on Diversity and Inclusion and Best Employer. The same has also been published in various platforms such as Forbes India, BW Businessworld, People Matters. SightsInPlus, Global Consultants Immigration Review etc.

Read her full Interview here:

Dear SHE, on behalf of all the readers, public, families, friends and your well-wishers, we would like to discuss something about you and of course, your journey as well. This conversation will help readers to know more about you and your journey. Please give answers to the attached answers in brief.
So let’s start now…….


The Spirit Mania: Most welcome to The Spirit Mania. We heartily congratulate you for being an INFLUENTIAL WOMEN OF THE YEAR 2K20. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers and your well-wishers and also with us.
Answer:
Firstly I would like to thank ‘TheSpiritMania’ for this initiative and also for conferring this honour of ‘Influential Women Award 2K20’. I am sure that this will have a great impact on the lives of many women who are on the path of creating a difference.
I am currently leading ‘Global Talent Management & Engagement’ apart from being the ‘Global Diversity & Inclusion’ champion for my company which is spread across 13 countries, 54 global locations and comprising of 46000+ strong multicultural and multi lingual workforce venturing into Outsourcing, Technology and Social Business space. My role encompasses leading Global HR Policies and Processes, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Value Proposition, Global Cultural Integration, Succession Planning and HR Awards for Employer Branding. It has been a wonderful journey so far with a lot of learnings and success stories.
Being the ‘Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion’ in my company, I have facilitated execution of the innovative “Hexagonal model of diversity and inclusion” which includes Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), Gender Inclusivity, Inclusion of Socially and Economically disadvantaged people, Culturally & Linguistically diverse people, Mature Age People and inclusion of Indigenous People. In the last 8 years we have enabled hiring of thousands of Persons with Disabilities, improved the gender ratio greatly and also enabled employment opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged people from Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities as part of the Diversity initiative.
I have been highly instrumental in the company being conferred with multiple HR awards from Aon, National Award from Govt. of India (Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment) for empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, ASSOCHAM, Great Place to Work, SHRM, People Matters, NCPEDP, NIPMAN, SARTHAK, BW Businessworld, People First, National Society for Equal opportunities for the Handicapped (NASEOH), and various government awards among others.
Our work has been featured in various magazines such as Forbes India, BW Businessworld, People Matters. SightsInPlus, Global Consultants Immigration Review and I have also been invited as a panelist speaker by National Abilympic Association of India and Sarthak for the cause of Diversity and Inclusion.
Apart from TSM Influential Woman Award 2K20, in my individual capacity I have also been conferred with the following awards
1) Recognised in category of ‘Woman HR Leader of the Year’ by BW Businessworld, 2020
2) Women Achievers Award for ‘Best Woman Leader in Corporate Sector 2019’ by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)
3) ‘HR 40under40’ by Jombay to identify India’s top 40 young HR Leaders in 2018
4) ‘101 HR Super Achievers’ by World HRD Congress in 2019
5) ‘Best HR Leader’ in India HR Leadership Awards (ILA) by Sona School of Management
6) ‘Future HR Leader of the Year’ by BW Businessworld in 2017
7) ‘HR Professional of the Year’ in Startek-Aegis in 2018


The Spirit Mania: Please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author/blogger/teacher and other fields in which you are working? When you actually started your journey and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to become what you are today?
Answer:
Currently I am based out of Pune in Maharashtra; however I come from a small town, Cuttack, in Odisha which is also known as the Milleninium City and Silver city due to its history of 1000 years and also famous filigree works. I actually started my career journey after completing my Chemical Engineering from one of the premier institutes, N.I.T. Rourkela (erstwhile R.E.C) in Odisha where I ranked 53 amongst females in my State. After my Chemical Engineering I got through campus in Madras Aluminium Company (MALCO), part of Sterlite Industries (now Vedanta). I got posted in Mettur, a remote industrial town in Salem district in the state of Tamil Nadu, located 1530 kms away from my hometown Cuttack in Odisha. In the factory I was a female engineer working in the ‘Red Alumina’ unit where I took charge and was the only girl with grey uniform and yellow helmet amongst hundreds of blue collar Tamil workers in the bauxite unit.
After this stint I always knew my passion lies in Human Resources and I switched from engineering to HR. I knew that my unfazed decision to switch from Chemical Engineering to Human Resource despite the caution and dissuasion from everyone around me will be worth it.
And that’s when my journey into Human Resource field started. I am happy that I could make a difference to the success of my company, my team and peers, to the lives of people and in many cases, positive and lasting contributions to the communities in which they live.
The Spirit Mania: Please tell the readers something about your interest in the respective field. What is your message to those readers who are trying to do the best in your field?
Answer:
I was always interested to make a mark in Corporate journey and choosing HR made it very challenging and interesting for me. In this journey of HR in last 13 years, I always been driven by achieving results coupled with learning. With excitement for new opportunities which involve the process of exploration and echoing the traits of tenacity, ambition and hard work, I can stand through challenging circumstances and have the willingness to take charge of situations. I can form meaningful connections and relationships while also being comfortable in navigating chaos in a changing business environment.
So for all those B-School students and aspiring HR professionals who want to pursue HR as a career, trust me, HR is always at the helm of affairs offering immense opportunities for you, where you can make a difference to the success of your company, team, peers, lives of people and lasting contributions to the communities in which they live. Policies and Process, Employee Value Proposition, Diversity and Inclusion, Cultural Integration, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Employer Branding, Compensation & Benefits, Analytics and many more; such diverse facets are only seen in HR where you can make an everlasting impact on business.
The Spirit Mania: And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those girls and women who are suffering from any problem in their journey to achieve something big? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.
Answer:
My advice will be very simple.
3 simple things – vision of where you want to go, commitment to do what it takes to get there and flawless execution of the vision. Use the 2120 Philosophy i.e. that one extra degree in life and work which makes all the difference and produces exponential results. Understanding the business and being able to take the organization closer to the customer coupled with right attitude, relationship management and the fact that none of us are as strong as all of us will surely help to bring in the ‘WOW” effect from our shareholders, customers and above all employees.


The Spirit Mania: Being one of the Influential Women; what type of changes do you want in your society as well as with respect to women?
Answer:
I think the most important thing that organizations can do at this point in time in line with equal employment opportunity commitment and diversity framework is a commitment to provide gainful employment or continuity to women after a career/ maternity break. It is important to integrate women back into the ecosystem after a maternity break and to provide a platform to women looking for opportunities after such a career break. This could be in terms of flexible working options which will encourage women to make most appropriate choice for themselves in terms of work-life balance and a mentoring program for re-hires to drive interventions for settling their anxieties. Assessment of re-skilling needs can be done and affinity groups can be created for women to learn and share.
Honestly I believe all are equal and I would like to tell all the women out there – that never get tired of chasing your dreams. The key to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching. And success will surely come your way!
Great! We have come to the end of our interview session.

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