November 7, 2017

TOP INDIAN WOMEN HR Leaders to Follow

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: — Shalini @ 1:05 pm


It may sound as cliched as it gets, but I am so excited to have read about all these Super HR Women we are surrounded with. Being an HR Professional and a woman, it gives me immense pleasure and sense of pride, when I see ordinary women like me doing extra ordinary stuff in their respective fields. So, not that we really need a Women’s day for that but why not? This list is not in any particular order, I hate those ordered lists, those ranks. There can be no ranking ever for the amount of hard work that goes in behind every success, there can be no ranking for the sacrifices these women must have made at their homes, at family front while making a mark at their work places. They have paved ways for many and still there is a long way to go.

Dr. Tanvi Gautam

“I have been a boundary spanner all my life & don’t intend to stop now.”

Follow her @tanvi_gautam

The personification of “Beauty with Brains”. I call her “The Game changer HR”. She is amongst the Top 10 HR influencers on Social Media by SHRM-1. She is the Asia’s first Certified Story telling Coach (did we know that?). We add game changers to our bio while drafting an impressive bio for Facebook or LinkedIn. Let our jaws drop, she is an awarded Game Changer by the Work Force Magazine in USA. Now, isn’t that something. More than that, recognized as one of the women HR leaders to reckon with by the Business manager magazine for her views on creating the workplace of tomorrow, have been quoted and published by international forums such as Harvard Business Review,, Business Times and Economic Times. Now, for those who think women, can’t work on cross locations, Dr Gautam has worked/taught in 3 different continents & enjoyed the commonalities of the human experience everywhere. Associated with Universities in Asia & US (Virginia Commonwealth Univ; University of Richmond; Singapore Management Univ).

Ester Martinez

Follow her @Ester_Matters

She enables HR, She makes an impact on HR Business, She creates forums and she recognizes HR leaders. I call her “The HR Unicorn”. One of her kind. CEO and Editor in chief of 1st Indian HR magazine with a global design and high-end multi-media integration (print, online & tablet), 1st Media brand to innovative across events offline & online for a niche segment, 1st to launch a Radio Show in India, a video channel and Twang out calendar for HR leaders in the Region, 1st and largest HR Tech Conference in Asia. I have met her once during a People Matters event, she works behind the scenes and is poised. The woman in control always. Her vibrant smile glows just like her work. In past, she has led different functions in HR for a host of blue-chip companies like HP in Spain, Tata Consultancy Services and India and UK. She has also been featured on the 2016 LinkedIn Top Voices list, which ranks the top writers on LinkedIn for the year. Did you know?

Achal Khanna

“Don’t worry if people don’t like you, most people are struggling to like themselves”– tweeted on 15th Feb 2017

Follow her @AchalKhanna1

Calm as the Buddha, fiery as a warrior, I call her “The HR God Mother”. She leads and people look up to her. She is the HR figure, one should admire. Currently working as CEO of SHRM India, SHRM India is a part of the world’s largest professional, not-for-profit Human Resource association, SHRM – the Society for Human Resource Management having over 2,75, 000 members in 140 countries. s. Khanna holds more than three decades’ of experience in key senior managerial positions with globally respected conglomerates such as Kelly Services India, GE Capital, Polaroid India and DuPont. She joined SHRM in May 2011 as the COO, post her stint as the COO & Director with Ikya Human Capital Solutions. She has also won numerous prestigious awards including “India’s best woman executive” during her illustrious career. Aren’t we feeling proud already?

Harlina Sodhi

“The more things change, more they remain the same”– tweeted on 4th March 2017

Follow her @HarlinaSodhi

“The Achiever”, she does poetry, she is a runner and she is a TEDex speaker and one among Top 20 HR Influencers of India. Do you need to know more? Of course. More than two decades of experience and currently working as Senior Executive Vice President – HR with IDFC bank. On board of NHRDN and deep partnership with SHRM. Blogger and recipient of several global awards – Most Innovative CLO of the year, Exemplary Women Leader, Top 16 HR Influencer in India amongst several others and have won Gold award from both Brandon Hall and SHRM for cutting edge practices in fields of learning and development and Social Media. I brim with joy when I read about these achievements and feel as proud as a woman. She is bold, powerful and also well networked HR professional. I hope to meet her soon, there will be a lot to learn.

Mahalakshmi R

“Life = a journey of discovering our own true n max potential” – tweeted on 23th April 2016

Follow her @MahasWorld

The lady who knows the importance of Social media and uses it effectively, I call her “THE HR Transformer”. She holds expertise in M & A and is an Organization Transformation expert.  With experience of more than 19 years she hold the position today where she can inspire many other HR leaders to grow and can help them realize their dreams. She is a motivator and her tweets reflect exactly that. Currently working as Head HR India at Mondelez (Cadbury India), has also worked with  Bharti Airtel, BILT and Ranbaxy – Prior to which she has worked as a business consultant with Global Consulting majors like Hewitt, Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. Active on social media, she is the HR you must follow to stay updated with what and when and how of HR Industry and many insightful subjects.

Keerthi Kariappa

“There is no limit to learning and exploring”- tweeted on 23rd Feb 2017

Follow her @Keerthi_AK

A social media enthusiast, named by SHRM as one of the top 20 HR influencers on social media. Also recognized as one of the top 50 Indian women to follow on Twitter, well, well, I call her the “The SHERO HR”. I have never met her personally but I read her tweets regularly, she is a SHEROES mentor and that makes me so proud.  Versatile and high-impact business professional with over 15 years of strategic leadership experience in Global Talent Acquisition, Talent Management and Operations. Experienced in developing initiatives to streamline processes and solutions to implement talent & business transformation. And you know what, currently she is working as LinkedIn, – Customer Success. Jealous?

Manashi Kumar

“We hate what we don’t understand” – tweeted on 30th Nov 2016

Follow her @manashikumar1

She is pretty, loves to travel, is a foodie, a doting mother and a superb HR professional. All that a woman can possibly be. Manashi is “The Lioness HR”. She leads the pack. Passed out from Delhi School of economics, went on to gain 15 years of experience and today she is making all of us HR professionals proud and envious, just kidding. She has been driving Human Resource functions within Media & Entertainment, Broadcast, Consulting and Retail organizations. She has worked extensively across the entire spectrum of HR roles. From creating HR vision & strategy to facilitating business growth. She provided HR leadership in multiple organizations with different cultures and business objectives.

Shweta Pathak

“Gratitude is the Heart’s memory” – tweeted on 26th Feb 2017

Follow her @shweta_hr

Coffee lover, gorgeous, glamorous, intelligent, well learned and experienced. “The Millennial HR”. She has been Quoted as: “India’s Top 25 HR INFLUENCERS on TWITTER” and as” Top 100 Human Resources and Recruiting Leaders (globally) to follow on Twitter in 2014 & 2015″ , so yes, you know what to do next, follow her. Shweta Pathak is an Employer Branding, Strategic Recruitment Marketing and Talent Acquisition Specialist, with an extensive experience on both Corporate and Consulting sides and an academic background in Human Resources and Marketing. Currently she is working at Sun Pharma and is giving us all serious HR goals, like seriously.

Ruchi Bhatia

“Strong vocal women are used to being talked about behind their backs” – tweeted on 7th March 2017

Follow her @rucsb

She reads, writes and treks. She is honored as Top 50 Women to follow in Asia, as Top 10 Sheroes in India, Sheroes Mentor and Top 100 HR Influencers in India & Worldwide. She is Founder of WOWHR & HRGurukul. (A Learning platform for HR Professionals) I call her “The WOW HR”. See, what I did there. It has to be her, she founded it. Ruchi Bhatia is Social Brand Practitioner and Recruitment Branding Lead @ IBM. She has over 16 years of professional work experience across Sales, Operations, OD, Corporate Training, HR as Learning Consultant, Work Force Partner, Professional Development Leader and Social Brand Practitioner. Recently heard her speaking on Gender diversity at Women convention and it was one worthy talk. Way to go Ruchi, You inspire.

Namrata Gill

“Nothing gets accomplished without a deadline” – tweeted on 7th Feb 2017,

Follow her @Namrata2010

An Engineer turned Human Resource Professional, “The Quintessential HR”. She is driven by her fundamental belief that passionate people are the primary drivers of business results. She Twitter bio says, her passion and profession coincides. One HR professional who is passionate about her profession and is also amazingly good at it. Wow. More than 14000 followers on LinkedIn and more than 1700 followers on Twitter, she is inspiring many more daily with her insightful tweets and posts. Proud to have you in this industry Namrata, proud.

Keep inspiring , Ladies.

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