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Executive Director HR - Nomura | Poonam Sharma | Women Leaders

Poonam Sharma

Poonam Sharma

"Always endeavor to be a constant learner" Poonam Sharma

My Journey While Moving Ahead In My Career: 

My journey as an HR Professional has been very dynamic, diverse and interesting. I got to lead large roles early in my career. Prominent ones include the Chief Diversity and Talent Officer for Citi Group where I led the agenda for India while working with Citi's Regional and Global Office.

I started with an initiative aimed at sensitizing Citi's leadership team through an intervention aimed at raising awareness of unconscious biases through a powerful Corporate Theatre methodology demonstrating the issues women face at the workplace. As a result, the Leadership team openly expressed sensitivity to the gender issues which was never done before.


Challenges Faced:

The challenge that I faced though was the deep seated unconscious biases that every woman faces, these were also a part of my journey. I had to be brave enough each time, combat those biases and establish a process to remove them from our culture permanently.

I wanted to change the corporate world and change the society and hence I had to rise above my context and my own limitation to be a role model for others to emulate - not once but always as it was a responsibility. But rather than being defensive, I worked with my context and leaders by allowing them to recognize these non-inclusive behaviour as unconscious and created a positive space where leaders can understand, acknowledge and change those behaviors to more inclusive.


Words Of Wisdom To Restart Your Career:  

I constantly endeavor to go beyond the organizational boundaries and create value for external stakeholders like customers and communities by building intangibles like organizations brand, leadership and governance. I always endeavor to be a constant learner.

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