TeamLease Aus Award
Australian Telecom giant Telstra which has a presence in Asia, Europe and US as well has announced Rituparna Chakraborty from India as the winner of the inaugural Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award.
Rituparna Chakraborty is a co-founder of TeamLease Services Ltd, one of India's leading providers of human resource services. Rituparna is recognized for making a significant impact in India by influencing a change in labour laws in the country to enable apprenticeships. With her effort, TeamLease has employed 30,000 apprentices who have the opportunity to move on with enduring careers.
"Putting India to work has been a big challenge but it also represents a huge opportunity for me to transform the labour force of India. We need more women in leadership to influence change in the country," said Ms Chakraborty. "Winning the Award means a lot of responsibility for me, especially to inspire women to overcome gender inequality by not giving in and asking for what they want. I encourage women to believe in themselves and do not give up easily."
Cynthia Whelan, Telstra's Group Executive of International and New Businesses, said the new Asia Award was a significant milestone for the Telstra Business Women's Awards and had already been a great success in celebrating brilliant women in Asia.
"In India young women now have an inspiration role model in Rituparna Chakraborty who has helped young people enter the workforce. The idea of apprenticeship is a great way to nurture innovation and drive further growth for a developing country like India," said Ms Whelan.