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United Ways in India explore ways of advancing the ‘Common Good’

United Way Delhi, United Way Bengaluru and United Way of India organized in July exclusive events and panel discussions with corporate leaders and students, paving the way towards collaboration for building stronger communities.

United Way Delhi – ‘An evening with corporate leaders to explore ways of advancing the ‘Common Good’.

Panel Discussion with corporate leaders and United Way Delhi’s Board Members on Advancing the Common Good.

United Way Delhi invited a select group of 15 high-profile corporate leaders on 20th July’15 to spend an evening with United Way Delhi’s board, senior staff and community partners. Mr Bhaskar Chatterji, Director General, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs was the guest of honour. The event was organized to mobilize the ‘caring power’ of Delhi and help corporates leverage the United Way network for advancing the ‘Common Good’ in their local communities. Special thanks to Mr Bhaskar Chatterji for enlightening guests on various aspects of India’s new CSR Law.

 

United Way Bengaluru – ‘Opportunity Town Hall’

Town Hall Panel Discussion: José Pedro Ferrão, Executive Vice President, International Network - United Way Worldwide, Dr. Ashwath Narayan, Mla – Malleshwaram Constituency, Mr. K.T. Chandy - Partner, Ernst & Young, Ms. Kalpana Kar, Member – B.Pac, Mr. Nitin Pai, Co-Founder Of Takshashila - An Independent Networked Institution Of Public Policy, Mr. V. Ravichandar, Chairman – Feedback Business Consulting

 

On 22nd July, 2015, ‘Opportunity Town Hall’ in Bengaluru provided a platform to brainstorm on the pressing issues in the community and find innovative solutions to address them & improve the Quality of Life of people in the city. The Town Hall brought forth stakeholders from different walks of life for a panel discussion to understand the ground realities of the challenges that the city faces today. There were eminent speakers representing the Government, Corporate and the Community whose insights helped us understand the important facts & figures of where Bengaluru stands today.

 

The city needs a backbone where collaborative action can happen and United Way has the opportunity to be the glue to bring together people who are well meaning and who have lots to give, and where their thought leadership can be synergized to a common platform.

Mr. Prashanth Prakash, Board Chair, UW Bengaluru

The all-day programme had also few important milestones stored for United Way of Bengaluru such as the launch of the first ‘Born Learning Centre’ to ensure holistic development and growth of 250 children over 3 years, and the inauguration of the Butterfly Garden at Kaikondrahalli Lake, a lake which has been reclaimed and converted into a viable ecosystem and given back to the community.

José Pedro Ferrão, Executive Vice President, International Network - United Way Worldwide, greeted by the children of the Anganwadi at Yemlur

United Way of India – ‘Power of One’

Power of One Panel Discussion with (from left to right): Ms. Abanti Sankaranarayanan (Managing Director, Diageo India), O. P. Bhatt, Former Chairman SBI, Dr. Indu Shahani (Dean, HR College, Mumbai), Dr. Mukund Govind Rajan (Brand Custodian and Chief Ethics Officer, Tata Sons Ltd.), Ms. Kalpana Morparia (CEO, JP Morgan India) and Shailesh Haribhakti (Chairman, DH Consultants Pvt. Ltd.). Panel facilitated by Sunil Mehta, United Way of India Board Member.

On July 23rd, United Way of India organized an exclusive panel discussion on “Power of One - Inspiring Philanthropy in India”, which attracted over 150 CEOs from different corporate houses and selected heads of leading nonprofits. Panelists -which included Ms. Abanti Sankaranarayanan (Managing Director, Diageo India), Ms. Kalpana Morparia (CEO, JP Morgan India), Dr. Indu Shahani (Dean, HR College, Mumbai), O. P. Bhatt, Former Chairman SBI, Shailesh Haribhakti (Chairman, DH Consultants Pvt. Ltd.) and Dr. Mukund Govind Rajan (Brand Custodian and Chief Ethics Officer, Tata Sons Ltd.) exchanged thoughts and beliefs on philanthropy and their approach towards creating sustainable change within communities.

 

This event had a distinguished mix of speakers who focussed on the critical role of business leaders in promoting philanthropy and the importance of thought leadership in creating shared value for the company and the community. The panellists brought to the discussion personal experiences that reinforce the value of community development.

Jayanti Shukla, CEO, United Way of India

On July 24th, a Student United Way discussion was organized on the theme “Power of One –Building a Better Tomorrow”. This was a unique opportunity to hear the insights and perspectives of community leaders on the role students can play for a better tomorrow. More than 100 college students took an oath and pledged to make a positive difference in their communities and help build stronger communities.

College students part of Student United Way, as they are about to take the oath for a better tomorrow.