“EmpowerHER: Accelerating Excellence in Women Leadership” program with Max Life Insurance Company Limited!

Excited to celebrate the successful completion of the “EmpowerHER: Accelerating Excellence in Women Leadership” program with Max Life Insurance Company Limited!

It was truly inspiring to witness the growth, resilience, and authentic leadership displayed by each participant. They’ve honed solution-oriented mindsets, leading authentically, embraced vulnerability, mastered effective group leadership, and built an incredible circle of sisterhood. The journey was transformative, creating a network of resilient leaders aligned with organizational goals.

Grateful to Richa Singh for the opportunity to empower and learn alongside these remarkable and incredible women!

#MarchingSheep is proud to have led this transformative journey, and we are confident these empowered leaders will continue making waves in their professional and personal spheres!

Here’s to their continued success and contributions to organizational excellence!

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International Purple Fest Goa

🌈 Celebrating Diversity at Purple Fest Goa! 🎉

Had an amazing time at #PurpleFest Goa, a festival that beautifully showcased the talents, strengths, and incredible spirit of People With Disabilities (PWD). It was heartening to witness the inclusivity and enthusiasm of so many individuals, NGOs, schools, and companies coming together to understand and celebrate the unique challenges and capabilities of the #PeopleWithDisabilities community.

From captivating performances, creative displays to full-blown dance spectacles, the festival proved that there’s absolutely nothing that stops PWD from leading a life as vibrant and fulfilling as anyone else – provided we offer the right support and framework.

At Marching Sheep, we were thrilled to engage with hundreds of accessibility stakeholders, including devices, software, services, foundations, and companies. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore, collaborate, and contribute towards making the world a more inclusive place for everyone. Our CEO and Founder, Sonica Aron (She/Her/Hers), shared insightful perspectives as part of a panel discussion along with Anwesa Nanda (She/ Her) Rajesh Mehta Anupama Ratta Vivek Misra Anjali Vyas Vineet Saraiwala Nikita Sarah Singh Ketan Kapoor. The exchange of ideas and experiences aimed at breaking stereotypes and creating a space where People With Disabilities don’t just exist but truly thrive.

Let’s continue supporting initiatives like Purple Fest Goa and work towards a world where diversity is not just acknowledged but celebrated! 🌍✨

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Session at VFS Global

People experience the organization through their managers and thus building inclusive behaviors among managers without being prescriptive about it is one of the keys to enhancing employee experience.

What a pleasure it was to partner with the People Manager of VFS Global Delhi team and create an engaging, fun and yet impactful learning experience.

Thank you team, Saumya Chandra Harsha Shaikh, Neeti Sharma for the trust bestowed upon MarchingSheep for this continued partnership in building an inclusive work culture. Exciting journey it is to cover the ground one location one team at a time.

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Manager learning session in Jakson Group

Gratitude and excitement fill our heart as we wrap up Part 2 of our transformative 3-day manager learning session in Jakson Group.

Firstly, a massive thank you to each incredible participants who brought enthusiasm, energy, and a commitment to growth. The true highlight of the session? The collective participation that made every single person an active contributor. Your engagement has been nothing short of inspiring.

Moreover, we injected a hefty dose of fun and excitement into the learning process with a plethora of games and activities. Learning should be engaging, and our interactive approach aimed to make each concept stick while ensuring you enjoyed the journey.

We are genuinely looking forward to Part 3 of our learning journey. The momentum we’ve built together is unstoppable, and we can’t wait to explore more insights, strategies, and collaborative moments with this exceptional group. To everyone who attended—thank you for your time, your energy, and your commitment to becoming the best version of yourselves. Here’s to continued growth and success! 🌟

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POSH Sensitization

We recently conducted dynamic sessions at two group companies of a large media group, on the topic of #POSHsensitization.

How do you make a topic like #POSH, engaging, relevant, and aligned with the evolving needs of today’s workforce? Using real-life anecdotes, relatable language, updated case laws, storytelling, quizzes, and more kept the audience intrigued and participating. Anyone can read the act, it is the interpretation, implementation in letter and spirit, and handling of tricky situations that need attention.

Our session navigated through nuanced topics, distinguishing harassment, grievances, and sexual harassment while highlighting the significance of intent versus impact. To address current challenges and ensure a comprehensive approach, we explored the extension of #POSHguidelines in terms of workplace relationships. With the rise of virtual and #hybridworkplace, we tackled the complexities of handling remote harassment and navigating the virtual realm. The session underscored the importance of a robust redressal mechanism and vigilance against victimization.

Empowering employees with knowledge and strategies to create a respectful and #inclusiveworkplace is vital. Let’s continue fostering a culture that champions #equality and safety for all.

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Embracing Emotional Intelligence: A Journey from Childhood Innocence to Adult Expression

Children have profound comfort in expressing their emotions. As an adult, we often forget that fostering #emotionalawareness can lead to a healthier, more compassionate society.

Join Krati Vyas on this journey as she explores the evolution of emotional awareness from childhood to adulthood, and from self-acceptance to workplace #emotionalintelligence.

Let’s break the stigma around expressing emotions and cultivate #positiveenvironment together. Read the full article for insights on fostering emotional intelligence in our lives and #workplaces.

Read the full article here: Embracing Emotional Intelligence: A Journey from Childhood Innocence to Adult Expression | LinkedIn

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Making Festival Celebrations Inclusive

Ever given a thought to making festival celebrations inclusive?

If the question intrigues you, please give a read to this splendid article written by Kunal S. General Manager – OD Consulting and Facilitation MarchingSheep.
The article captures the essence of true inclusion that can be achieved if one just puts a thought with genuine intent. The pointers shared here not only apply to corporate but also to social events.

Happy Reading! Happy Learning!!

Read the full article here: Making Festival Celebrations Inclusive. | LinkedIn

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Sonica Aron at Zee Business | Artificial Intelligence AI will affect almost 40% jobs globally

As shared by Sonica Aron and Amit Dubey in the latest interview with Zee Business: Artificial Intelligence will affect almost 40% jobs globally: IMF report, the evolving landscape of work demands a strategic approach to skill development, especially in the era of artificial intelligence. So, what are the key skills to focus on for personal and professional growth in the coming era:

1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Harness the power of analysis and creative problem-solving to navigate complex challenges.
2. Adaptability and Flexibility: Embrace change with open arms and stay flexible in the face of evolving technologies.
3. Digital Literacy: Mastering digital tools is essential; let’s stay proficient in the language of technology.
4. Data Literacy: Decode the language of data and make informed decisions in a data-driven world.
5. Collaboration and Communication: Effective communication and collaboration are the cornerstones of successful teamwork.
6. Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and managing emotions—ours and others—is a valuable skill in any setting.
7. Continuous Learning: In a world of constant change, the commitment to lifelong learning is a superpower.
8. Cybersecurity Awareness: Safeguarding our digital presence is a shared responsibility; let’s stay vigilant.
9. Creativity and Innovation: Nurture creativity and be a catalyst for innovation in your endeavors.
10. Leadership Skills: Leadership is not confined to titles; cultivate leadership qualities in every role.
11. Ethical Decision-Making: Navigate the ethical dimensions of AI with integrity and responsibility.
12. Project Management: Organize tasks efficiently and understand the dynamics of successful project management.
13. Customer Focus: Prioritize customer needs to deliver solutions that add real value.
14. Cultural Competence: Work effectively in diverse environments, respecting and celebrating cultural differences.
15. Strategic Thinking: Align personal goals with broader organizational strategies for impactful contributions.

🌐 Remember, as we evolve, our skills should too. What skills do you consider essential in the age of AI? Let’s spark a conversation! 💬

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Panel Discussion at Purple Fest Goa | Technology for Enabling Inclusion and Accessibility

It was an honour to be a part of the Panel discussion during the #Purplefest at Goa along with experts like Vineet Saraiwala Vivek Misra @M Sebastian. Our CEO & Founder Sonica Aron speaks at the #thoughtleadership event held on 10th January on the topic – “Technology in fostering Inclusion and Accessibility”. She spoke about accessibility of the future, role and importance of universal design, and why it is so critical in today’s times.

Sonica shed light on the 21 Marching- Building Disability Confident organisations, our report on 21 disabilities across 15 countries, backed by compelling data, where we engaged with people with all 21 disabilities, their caregivers, employers, NGOs and allies, discovering the challenges they face along with solutions they need. She shared some key findings that highlight the transformative power of tech in breaking barriers. She shared that there are ever more tools for different disabilities serving different needs. The key lies in customization and understanding diverse preferences. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, organizations need to ensure that their initiatives are flexible, accessible and accommodating.

Watch the video to know more about Sonica’s perspective – that innovation is a powerful force for creating a more inclusive world.

Partner with team MarchingSheep and start the conversation, with #21Marching – Building Disability Confident Organizations – A comprehensive Playbook | 21 Disabilities | 15 Countries. Dive into the data with us and explore the powerful insights.

#InclusionMatters #Accessibility #TechForGood #PurpleFestGoa #makeadifference #respectandequalityforall #representationmatters #diversitymatters #diversityequityandinclusion #reasonableadjustments #technology #universaldesign #evolvingtogether #continuouslearning #PWD #personswithdisabilities #PWDinclusion

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Sonica Aron at Aaj Tak | Building a Disability-Confident Organization | 21 Marching

There is still so much that so many people do not know, or misunderstand about #personswithdisabilities. There are still so many misconceptions, that lead to #stereotypes, there is still so much unawareness about both visible and invisible disabilities. Often, information about disabilities is scattered or unavailable, emphasizing the need for sensitization and education.

Building a Disability-Confident Organization is crucial for fostering a society where everyone has the right enablement to lead a dignified life. But, many organisations, despite the intent, find it hard to start the journey of inclusion due to lack of awareness of resources, what needs to be done and how.

Our Founder and CEO, Sonica Aron talks to Aajtak about how our in-depth research in the form of world’s most comprehensive DIY playbook for all 21 disabilities covered under the #RPWDact2016, and for 15 countries will help organisations understand each disability and approach their #mobility needs, #Accessibility needs, #Reasonableaccomodations needs, how to go about sensitizing the workforce, designing #inclusivepolicies, #legalcompliances and a lot more.

She highlights that incorporating mobility and accessibility tools, coupled with reasonable accommodations, is not only cost-effective but breaks down barriers that hinder equal participation. Sonica says that removing the barriers of readiness, Disability Confident Organizations become a ray of hope, creating a cascading impact on societal attitudes and structures. Embracing this initiative reflects a commitment to a more equitable future, where every individual, regardless of ability, can thrive and contribute meaningfully.

To know more about the Playbook, watch the full video here.

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Session at HSBC

At Marching Sheep, we take pride in crafting a safe, exploratory, and reflective space for enthusiastic and inquisitive individuals to delve into their personal biases. Our goal is to help them understand what inclusion looks like in practice and collaboratively create an individualized action plan, making the organization more inclusive for everyone at every level.

The magic unfolds when participants actively engage and challenge each other’s perspectives, share their experiences, and learn not only from facilitators but also from one another – just as it happened in this session.

Thank you so much team HSBC, Jyotika Menon, and Sonia Daryanani for your continued trust and partnership.

Is your organization taking steps to make workplaces more inclusive for everyone? It is no longer a choice, it’s a business imperative!

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Session at Piramal Group

#learningjourney never ends. They continue. It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of the journey with the fabulous women of Piramal Group at Ahmedabad. Month after month, these women crafted their #goals, #actionplans, implemented them, garnered #insights, #reflections, grew as individuals and as a community. So incredibly proud of each one of them, and humbled that they made me a part of their journey. Gratitude to the team at Piramal Shivaditya Banerjee Tathagata Basu Nidhi Sehgal Juneja Linda Baptista (She/Her) Preeti Pathak

And the team at MarchingSheep for co-creating and customising the intervention as the #learningneeds evolved Kunal S. Krati Vyas. You folks rock!

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