About The Conference

Outlook Speakout is a platform which brings together achievers who have made a difference by pushing the envelope of excellence in their chosen field. It is a platform to be outspoken and to Speak Out. The theme for the 2nd edition of Outlook Speakout is Women Empowerment.

Special Guests

Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles and Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha

Ms. Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani is Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles and Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. Prior to it, Irani held HRD ministry and was given additional charge of Information and Broadcasting ministry. She joined the BJP in 2003. She pursued a successful career in acting before joining politics.

Ms. Smriti Irani

Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles and Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha

Former Miss Universe, Actor, Entrepreneur

Ms. Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen is an award-winning actress and former Miss Universe. She is the first Indian woman to win the Miss Universe title for India. At the time she won, she was just 18. She started her career with the Hindi film Dastak in 1996. In 2013, she was awarded the Mother Teresa International Award for Social Justice.

Ms. Sushmita Sen

Former Miss Universe, Actor, Entrepreneur

President of University of Houston

Dr. Renu Khator

Renu Khator is the chancellor of the University of Houston system and president of the University of Houston. She is the UH System’s first woman Chancellor and the first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive research university in the United States. Khator received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from the President of India in 2014, the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians.

Dr. Renu Khator

President of University of Houston

Member, AAP

Ms. Atishi

Atishi is a member of Political Affairs Committee of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). As an adviser on education to AAP government, she has played an instrumental role in improving state of education in government-run schools in the national capital. She completed her schooling from Springdales School in New Delhi and studied history at St. Stephen’s College. She went to Oxford University to pursue Masters in the same subject on a Chevening scholarship. In 2005, she joined as a Rhodes scholar in Magdalen College, Oxford.

Ms. Atishi

Member, AAP

Wildlife Photographer

Ms. Belinda Wright

Belinda Wright is a wildlife photographer and wildlife conservationist. She is the Executive Director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India. Before turning to full time conservation work in 1994, she was a wildlife photographer and an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker who worked for many years for National Geographic. She has pioneered investigations into the illegal wildlife trade in the Indian Subcontinent and has been instrumental in the arrest of hundreds of wildlife criminals. She was awarded the O.B.E. in 2003 for services to the protection of wildlife in India. She received the Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award in 2005, and was elected an Ashoka Senior Fellow in 2009.

Ms. Belinda Wright

Wildlife Photographer

IPS officer

Ms. D Roopa Moudgil

D Roopa Moudgil is an IPS officer and is currently posted as IGP. She is the first lady Kannadiga IPS working in Karnataka. In 2000, she got an All-India rank of 43 in UPSC and opted for IPS. She started her career as Superintendent of Police, Dharwad in July 2004. Within a month of assuming charge, she had to execute non-bailable warrant issued by Hubli Court against the then Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh for an old communal case in Hubli and she handled the task successfully. As DIG Prisons, she exposed the prison irregularities and special privileges given to AIADMK leader Sasikala in Bengaluru prison. In a first in the country, she became the first lady police officer to head the Cyber-Crime police station/division in 2013. She was awarded the prestigious “President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service” in January 2016.In 2013, while she was the DCP, City Armed Reserve, Bengaluru, she had withdrawn 216 excess gunmen kept unauthorisedly by 81 politicians. She also had withdrawn 8 new SUVs of the department that unauthorisedly remained with an ex-Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Ms. D Roopa Moudgil

IPS officer

Actor, Ex-MP, Chief of Congress IT Cell

Ms. Divya Spandana

Divya Spandana, an award-winning actor and politician, is a former Member of Parliament and currently the Chairperson, Social Media and Digital Communications of the Congress party. She has been credited with raising the social media profile of Congress. Popularly known by her screen name Ramya, she made her political debut in 2013 when she won the Lok Sabha by-election from Mandya, Karnataka.

Ms. Divya Spandana

Actor, Ex-MP, Chief of Congress IT Cell

Chief HRO at RB Group

Ms. Gurveen Singh

Gurveen Singh is currently Chief Human Resources Officer at RB Group Plc (formerly Reckitt Benckiser). RB is a FSTE 10 multinational consumer goods company headquartered in Slough and the producer of health and hygiene and home goods. Having been in the company for over 20 years, Gurveen has held a number of HR leadership positions included Regional and Area HR Director before stepping into the role of Chief Human Resources Officer in January.

Ms. Gurveen Singh

Chief HRO at RB Group

Former Captain of India Women’s Cricket Team.

Ms. Jhulan Goswami

Jhulan Goswami is the former captain of India women’s cricket team. She won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year Award 2007. She surpassed Cathryn Fitzpatrick to become the highest wicket-taker in women's ODI history. In 2015, she was one of four senior players who were handed the highest grade of central contracts by BCCI for the first time. Recently, she crossed yet another milestone, becoming the first woman to pick up 300 international wickets during India’s first One-Day International match against Sri Lanka.

Ms. Jhulan Goswami

Former Captain of India Women’s Cricket Team.

National Award Winning Actress And Core Member, Women in Cinema Collective

Ms. Parvathy Thiruvothu

A National Award winner, Parvathy Thiruvothu made her debut in 2006 Malayalam movie Out of Syllabus. She made her Bollywood debut with the 2017 Hindi movie Qarib Qarib Singlle. won the 'Silver Peacock for the Best Actress' award for her performance in the Malayalam movie 'Take Off', at the prestigious International Film Festival of India. She is one of the first actresses who spoke about the existence of Casting Couch in Malayalam film industry. She is one of the founding members of Women in Cinema Collective, a nonprofit organisation that intends to bring about a positive change by collectively working towards the issues faced by women working in the Malayalam cinema industry.

Ms. Parvathy Thiruvothu

National Award Winning Actress And Core Member, Women in Cinema Collective

Wildlife Biologist and Founder of Hargila Army

Ms. Purnima Devi Barman

Purnima Devi Barman is a renowned wildlife biologist and founder of Hargila Army. She works with Guwahati-based NGO Aaranyak that works for wildlife conservation. She was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar by President Ram Nath Kovind for her efforts in conserving greater adjutant storks. She also won the prestigious Whitley Awards, also known as the Green Oscars.

Ms. Purnima Devi Barman

Wildlife Biologist and Founder of Hargila Army

MP, Congress

Ms. Ranjeet Ranjan

Ranjeet Ranjan is a Congress MP from Supaul contituency in Bihar. She is at present the secretary, AICC and the national spokesperson of her party. One of the most articulate leaders from the younger generation of Congress leaders, she has been forcefully raising the issues of woman empowerment both in and outside of Parliament. This is her second term in the Lok Sabha. She represented the Lok Janshakti Party between 2004-09. A sportsperson in her college days, she is married to fellow parliamentarian Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav from Bihar.

Ms. Ranjeet Ranjan

MP, Congress

Film/TV Producer & Director

Ekta Kapoor

The supreme soap queen, Ekta Kapoor once mentioned, “I can’t be the second best,” and she truly has lived up to her statement. Joint Managing Director and Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms, Ekta believes that her reason for success was that she did television production at a time when everybody else was concentrating only on films. A leading international magazine covered her as one of the top 500 global entertainment leaders. She was featured in the list for her contribution to cinema, television and her philanthropic efforts. Though people were not sure how well she is going to do in the film industry, she has made a strong place for herself in the film industry too and was in news recently for her success in ‘Veer Di Wedding’, the movie on female bonding and more. She truly knows how to touch the soul of the people by making serial and movies which people can easily relate to. Making an impressive beginning in the year 1995 with her serial ‘Hum Panch’, she truly has come a long way responsibly carrying the legacy of being actor Jeetendra’s daughter.

Ekta Kapoor

Film/TV Producer & Director

CEO, Sheroes

Ms. Sairee Chahaal

Sairee Chahal is the Founder, CEO of SHEROES a community platform for women, offering support, resources, opportunities and interactions. She is also an Aspen Leadership Fellow. In 2018, she was ranked 53 on Onalytica’s “Future of Work Top 100 Influencers” list. Sariee started her career as a journalist. She completed her post-graduation from IMT Ghaziabad. She also has a degree in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Ms. Sairee Chahaal

CEO, Sheroes

Team Navika Sagar Parikrama

The all-women Indian Navy crew, led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, successfully circumnavigated around the globe for eight months on board INSV Tarini, and returmed back to base in Goa in May, 2018. The feisty team comprising of Lt P. Swathi, Lt Pratibha Jamwal (Air Traffic Control specialists), Lt Vijaya Devi, Sub Lt Payal Gupta (both Education officers) and Lt B Aishwarya, a naval architect, set a record by becoming the first-ever all-women crew to complete the circumnavigation. It covered over 22,000 nautical miles in the 254-day long voyage. The crew won the prestigious Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award for beating the odds in water with their endurance. It is the highest national recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of adventure on land, sea and air. The crew was also bestowed with Nav Sena Medal on the 72nd Independence Day

Team Navika Sagar Parikrama

CBFC Board Member

Ms. Vani Tripathi

Vani Tripathi is CBFC board member and former secretary of the BJP. She has also been deeply involved in theatre, films and television and has worked in projects both in India and abroad.

Ms. Vani Tripathi

CBFC Board Member

Asian Games Medalist

Ms. Pincky Balhara

19-year-old Pincky Balhara, a student of Delhi University’s Gargi College, became an instant celebrity in the world of combat sports in India after winning silver medal in Kurash in the recently concluded Asian Games in Jakarta. One of India’s most promising judokas, Pincky now aims to win a gold in Olympics. She is also a two-time national silver medalist. In this year’s Junior Asian Championships, she won a gold medal in the women’s 52kg category.

Ms. Pincky Balhara

Asian Games Medalist

Articles

Outlook SpeakOut | Women Don’t Have Problem Speaking Out, They Have Problem Being Heard: Smriti Irani

Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani says men need to be equally responsible and involved both at home and bring about change in perceptions on gender rights.

Outlook SpeakOut | Watched 8 Hours Of TV To Learn English: Renu Khator

Dr Renu Khator, President of University of Houston, discussed her journey from a small town in northern India to helming one of the leading research universities in the US.

Outlook SpeakOut | Want To Build A Company That Can Create 'More Smriti Iranis' In Society: Ekta Kapoor

At Outlook SpeakOut, Ekta Kapoor speaks about how she was a couch potato as a child, whiling her time away and only looking to earn ten grands to fill her shopping bags.

Outlook SpeakOut 2018: 'It's Time To Undertake Swacch Media Campaign'

Outlook Editor Ruben Banerjee's welcome speech at SpeakOut 2018.

Outlook SpeakOut 2018 | Women Achievers On How They Found Their Voice

At Outlook Speakout 2018, women achievers tell us how they found their voice and their biggest sources of strength.

Outlook SpeakOut 2018 | When You Disrespect A Woman, You Disrespect Your Mother: Sushmita Sen

A former Miss Universe, an actor, a poet and a single mother. Sushmita Sen feels none of these define her.

Outlook SpeakOut 2018

The theme for the 2nd edition of Outlook Speakout is Women Empowerment.

Only When We Recognise Our Privilege, We'll Be Able To Make A Change For Others: Atishi

Aam Aadmi Party leader Atishi says what has really changed for her over the years is an understanding that some of us are far more privileged than we realise and “we need to look around the world a little more”.

The Art Of Speaking

Media and democracy—the themes recurred at the Vinod Mehta Memorial Lecture and Outlook SpeakOut Awards

Analytical Calm

India’s uproarious Parliament still delivers, says Union minister for finance and defence Arun Jaitley, in his keynote address at the Outlook SpeakOut Awards

‘I Had No Great Love For The Trappings Of Power’

Odisha Chief Minsiter Naveen Patnaik, who won the Outlook SpeakOut Award for the Best Administrator this year, talks about the secret behind hus success...

A Latter-Day Torch To Be Borne With Care

In this inaugural Vinod Mehta Memorial Lecture, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll talks about the origins, uses, abuses, trials and triumphs of free, fair and investigative modern journalism as the world knows it

‘Ideology Has Been The Greatest Killer’

Psychology dominated the show from 1940s to '80s. Now, there is a clear decline, says political psychologist Ashis Nandy.

‘I Had To Search For Hell, The Modern Hell’

Ratan Thiyam, the world-renowned theatre director from Manipur, who won the Outlook SpeakOut Award for Best Artist, reminisces about his life’s journey.

‘Poverty Is Violence With Tacit Consent’

Glued to Gandhism, Ela Bhatt believes the principles are even more valid now

‘It’s Not Worth Having Whistleblowers In India Today’

In the long term, whistle-blowing is much needed for our society, says brother of Satyendra Dubey, demanding protection for them.

‘Inspiration Came From The Pain Of Lost Chance’

Super 30-famed Anand Kuamr about his journey, his mission and the ­challenges ahead, after being conferred the Best Social ­Activist Award at the recent Outlook SpeakOut Awards.

‘We Are Doing Far Too Little Compared To What Needs To Be Done’

Azim Premji, Best Socially Conscious Entre­preneur at the Outlook Speakout Awards 2017, feels we are doing far too little when it comes to caring for our environment.

Outlook SpeakOut | Yes, We Hear You

Outlook Speakout was all about her story in her own words

Karma Is A Woman | By Smriti Irani

They feed the soul of humanity and give hope for the future

Videos

#OutlookSpeakOut 2018: Smriti Z Irani shares her views on Women Empowerment
Outlook Speakout 2018: Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor of University of Houston System, interview
Outlook Speakout 2018: Atishi, Political Affairs Committee, Aam Aadmi Party, interview
Outlook Speakout 2018: Sushmita Sen, Actor and Former Miss Universe
Outlook Speakout 2018: Vani Tripathi, CBFC Board Member and former BJP secretary
Outlook Speakout 2018: Smriti Irani, Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles and MP, Rajya Sabha
Outlook Speakout 2018 Teaser: D Roopa Moudgil, India's first woman Kannadiga IPS officer
Outlook Speakout 2018 Teaser: Divya Spandana,. Congress IT cell chief
Outlook Speakout 2018 Teaser: Gurveen Singh, Chief Human Resources Officer at RB Group
Outlook Speakout 2018: Parvathy Thiruvotu, Actor
Outlook Speakout 2018: Sairee Chahal, SHEROES Founder and CEO
Outlook Speakout 2018: Ekta Kapoor
Outlook Speakout 2018: Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor of University of Houston System
Outlook Speakout 2018: Vani Tripathi, CBFC Board Member and former BJP secretary
Outlook Speakout 2018: Sushmita Sen, Actor and Former Miss Universe
Arun Jaitley during Outlook Speakout 2017
Mr. Steve Coll, Pulitzer Award Winner speaks at the Outlook Speakout 2017
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik speaks at the Outlook SpeakOut 2017.
Activist and Founder, SEWA, Ela Ramesh Bhatt speaks at the Outlook SpeakOut 2017.

It is a great honour to be selected to deliver the first lecture in his memory. I don’t know how many of you have had a chance to read his memoir, Lucknow Boy, but I recommend it.

Steve Coll / Journalist

@OutlookSpeakout Event 2017

Agenda

Time Session Speaker Venue
6.00 pmWelcome NoteRuben Banerjee (Editor,Outlook India)Hyatt Regency Delhi
6.05 pmKey NoteDr. Renu Khator(President of University of Houston)Hyatt Regency Delhi
6.20 pmBeti Bachao Beti Padhao Gurveen Singh(Chief HRO at RB Group)Hyatt Regency Delhi
6.27 pmBeti Bachao Beti Padhao Panel Ms. Smriti Irani + Dr. Renu Khator + Moderated By Gurveen SinghHyatt Regency Delhi
6.50 pmPowerful Women (Panel) Moderator: Sairee Chahaal (CEO, Sheroes), Vani Tripathi (CBFC Board Member), Divya Spandana (Actor, Ex-MP, Chief of Congress IT Cell), Parvathy Thiruvothu (National Award Winning Actress And Core Member, Women in Cinema Collective), Atishi (Member, AAP), Ranjit Ranjan (MP, Congress)Hyatt Regency Delhi
7.25 pmTackling Challenges at Work (Key Note) Sushmita Sen (Former Miss Universe, Actor, Entrepreneur )Hyatt Regency Delhi
Inviting Chief GuestIndranil Roy (CEO, Outlook Group)Hyatt Regency Delhi
7.50 pm Felicitation Hyatt Regency Delhi
8.10 pm Chief Guest Speech Smriti Irani (Cabinet Union Minister of Textiles) Hyatt Regency Delhi
8.35 pm Thank You Note Shrutika Dewan (VP, Brand & Marketing, Outlook Group) Hyatt Regency Delhi

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