Great Lakes Institute of Management hosts its first virtual TEDx

Great Lakes Institute of Management hosts its first virtual TEDx
Great Lakes Institute of Management hosts its first virtual TEDx

Great Lakes Institute of Management hosts its first virtual TEDx
~Guest speakers share their experience about ‘Shedding the Layers and being true to oneself’ ~

14th February 2021, Chennai: Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai (GLIM), hosted its first ever virtual TEDxGLIM Chennai on the eve of Valentine’s Day. The theme of the event this year was ‘Shed the Layers’ which illustrated that there is power in vulnerability and let yourself be you. Distinguished speakers including Ms Sarah Kashyap (Cross-country motorcycle rally racer), Ms Deane De Menzes (Founder of Red is the New Green and NGO activist), Mr Vikram Poddar (India’s first Corporate stand-up comedian and founder of Boredroom Comedy) and Ms Garima Avtar (Extreme Rally Driver) graced the event and shared inspiring stories about being one’s true self. They provided a perspective based on their personal experiences and observations over the years.  The event witnessed an enthusiastic participation from students and faculty alike. The 2021 TEDxGLIM Chennai was sponsored by Coca-Cola. 

During the event, the speakers touched upon some pertinent questions that we all face in our lives at one point or the other. Ms Sarah Kashyap spoke about incorrigible non-conformity and how she never bowed down to stereotypes. She further added,  how she believes in collecting experiences and her time in London helped her break the stereotype that nobody can ever tell you that you are not capable of living on your own. She summed it up in some very famous words ‘It isn’t finished till it is finished’. She encouraged the audience to venture into the unknown and wear your failures on the sleeves. Her mantra to ‘Shed the Layers’ is ‘Rediscover your potential and keep punching’. The event then witnessed the presence of young and dynamic Ms Deane De Menzes who is on a mission to make India period positive and break the stigma around it. She shared from her experience and said, there are 355 million mensturators in India and some stories celebrate this natural body phenomenon and some are heart-breaking to hear. For her ‘Shed the Layers’ meant Purdah, which is to remove the layers of mystery, secrecy and misinformation around periods. She spoke about how women in India can pave a path to empower others and lead them to live authentic lives. She highlighted three layers that should be shed. First being talking about one’s personal experience of menstruation and rued the fact that there is still lack of knowledge-sharing, it is something which is bad and shouldn’t be spoken about and there is no discussion about it when you are growing up. Secondly, she spoke about the community’s relationship with menstruation and how young girls are forced to miss 5 days of school as there is lack of period products and education for them which impacts the society drastically and takes them one step away from financial independence. The third layer she highlighted is network and how it will benefit the women in the society if there is constant dialogue. She encouraged the audience to become a beacon of education, shed inhibitions, and normalize the period conversation which will help in giving a renewed sense of confidence to the female populace of our country.  

Next up, the event dripped into the hue of humour and wit as Mr. Vikram Poddar took centre stage. He spoke about the presence of invisible layers around oneself and how books became his companion to shed these layers. He suggested that one should carve their own way to get a perspective about important things in life. He spoke about how he added popularity and public speaking to his life and also incorporated a layer of survival in his life. His mantra to ‘Shed the Layers’ is to adapt ‘Love You Zindagi’. The event witnessed its final speaker in Ms Garima Avtar as she spoke about self-realization which helps a person in doing the right thing in life. She also highlighted how we can confront our deepest fears and challenges and how she despite being a single mother took up motorsports in life and was undeterred by the societal judgment. She emphasized that every learning and experience becomes important and it shouldn’t give rise to self-doubt and self-questioning. Her idea to ‘Shed the Layers’ is to condition yourself, build better resilience, understand your limits and know yourself better than the others. 

Speaking during the event, Dr. Suresh Ramanathan, Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, said “We are excited to host this one-of-its kind TEDxGLIM Chennai virtual event. I want to firstly thank our esteemed speakers who helped me and the audience to identify our inherent biases. They have shown us a mirror as to how we look at ourselves and how we judge people. They have shown us the path to shed these inhibitions and traverse a journey of completeness and contentment. These amazing stories of overcoming hurdles will go a long way in inspiring us for the future and break the barriers of how we think about the others. I also want to thank our wonderful audience who learnt a lot from our guest speakers and will use this knowledge to build a better future’. 

About Great Lakes: Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai founded in 2004 by Padma Shri Awardee Dr. Bala V Balachandran is one of the premier B-schools in India. Great Lakes has, within a short span of 15 years emerged as a top-ranked business school. Great Lakes has 50+ full time faculty and 150+ visiting faculty including over 25+ international faculty from top global schools like Yale, Kellogg, Stanford, and Harvard. Further collaborations with world’s leading institutions like University of Houston, University of Bordeaux, Hongkong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), University of Missouri, Kansas, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and Babson College etc., have helped Great Lakes in globally benchmarking its programs.
Great Lakes, Chennai, was accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA), UK in 2014 and became the youngest B-school in India to receive this prestigious international accreditation. In 2015, Great Lakes, Chennai also received international SAQS accreditation and in 2017, its two-year PGDM program was accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA). For the years 2018 -2019, Great Lakes was ranked No.1 in India by Analytics India for its Analytics program. Great Lakes, Chennai was ranked 5th by Outlook India among top private MBA institutions, 9th by Business India, 15th by Business Today and 18th by NIRF among top 10 Indian B-Schools. It was also placed in Super League 2 category by Business Standard in the year 2019.
Led by exceptional academic faculty, steered by an outstanding advisory council, and buoyed by the international collaborations, Great Lakes has been constantly innovating to stay ahead of the needs of our businesses and community. It is the first B-school in India to offer full time specialization in Analytics and first to introduce AI and Machine Learning specialization. 
Great Lakes has a 30-acre LEED Platinum rated green campus in Chennai and a second campus in Delhi-NCR. In the year 2019, Great Lakes Gurgaon campus received the prestigious AMBA accreditation and was also ranked among the top 5 emerging business schools by the National HRD Network (NHRDN) for the year 2018-2019. Great Lakes Gurgaon was also ranked 13th by Business World for its one-year program in the year 2019.
Great Lakes offers One Year full time MBA (PGPM) for experienced professionals, Two-year MBA (PGDM), Part Time Executive MBA for senior managers, and Weekend Executive MBA Program. Great Lakes alumni currently numbering 8800+, work at world renowned organizations both in India and overseas across 30 countries.

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