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Expression of Gratitude

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith appreciates World HRD Congress - Silver Jubilee Year

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Marshall Goldsmith


Expression of Gratitude

Dear Raju,

This mail of yours brought tears to my eyes, not because I am sad but I am so overwhelmed by your gift to me. Receiving saris from you is a very kind gesture and affection but this is quite something else. I can say it is only you who can think and imagine such an idea. It is a beautiful idea from your imaginative mind which you have translated into a concept and then an event. I am truly honoured and touched by your gift.
Raju, it also reflects your generosity to people, including them in your world and your constant effort to innovate and be original. First the Dr. Marshall idea and then this surprise.
The theme of Congress. Purposeful Purpose is most original rallying point for the congress and it should bring lot of thinking in people. It sounds most mind searching and apt for exploring what is happening in the world today.
I look forward to speaking to you soon.
With fond regards,

Prof. Indira Parikh
President, Antardisha (Directions From Within)


Expression of Gratitude

Dear Raju,

Thank you for the opportunity to be of service next year. We value our relationship and are honored to work together and to support the Congress. We promise to bring our best in service to all who attend.
I hope you are taking care of yourself. The work you do is important in the world.
Warmly and with love,

Michelle Reina, Ph.D. & Dennis Reina, Ph.D.
Co-Founder : Reina - A Trust Building ® Consultancy


  • The World HRD Congress started 24 years ago. The first edition was held in 1992. The edition was titled "The great HR Show." Global HR Leaders from across 13 countries got together for creating a global platform for an unique Learning opportunity. There was no internet at that time, The same theme continued for two years. In 1994 the theme was Global managers in Jurassic park. It was intended to focus on creating learning opportunities to stay relevant. Over the years the event grew in size and came to be recognised as one of the leading and truly pioneering Human Resources professional events in the Industry. The WHRDC is guided by the advisory council. The Advisory council guides the strategic intent of the event making it rich in content as well as most prestigious and recognised for Global Awards for HR Excellence........ The aim of WORLD HRD Congress is to create a global platform that which will help HR folks across the world to listen from the best leaders in their field. This is a recognized and admired as a great platform for networking and Evolving in the profession.

    The WORLD HRD CONGRESS for the last 22 years has been presented by Ascent - a brand owned by The Times of India. The year 2017 will celebrate its SILVER Jubilee year. The theme is " You we Can..! ". To make the world a better place to live in... we have a responsibility and our responsibility goes beyond what we do in our professional lives. As Marshal Goldsmith is World's no 1 coach says.. its time to give back 15 coaching Leaders of the world will train 15 each and give back to the profession.

    "You we can" is creating Hope through HR - A function least recognised by many. Silver Jubilee WHRDC will witness 208 speakers; 20 Moderators; 90 sessions and Awards. The key feature is Most Talented Global HR Leaders listing. over 133 Countries will participate and leaders from several organisations will be in attendance. Over 1400 Leaders will be a part of a celebration of Lifetime. The World HRD Congress is the only event that will encompass all elements of HR including Strategic HRM; Training and Development; learning; Coaching; Leadership; Story Telling; compensation and benefits; Organisational Development; health and wellness; Building Trust; Diversity and Inclusion; Design Thinking and HR Tech.

    This gives HR professionals across the country a rare opportunity to pick and choose from what they wish to as their learning objective. The value addition will come from the contribution made by all speakers who believe that deep sense of empirical research must prevail to make thought Leadership happen .

    The World HRD Congress will pay a tribute to woman achievers from across the globe . The Woman super achievers will be a part of the Leadership congress. Those who are MAD- Make A Difference will be recognised for making the world a better place. Originated and started by Dr R L Bhatia a pioneer in transformational Thinking; Change Management and an embodiment of professional excellence. An author of several books in Management and a professional who creatively uses visualisation in Training and Learning. He is a pioneer and has created many firsts viz; first to create a management film festival ; first to create a corporate film festival ; first to showcase work on career planning for success . His ideas have contributed to thought Leadership and making a difference to lives of Many , He is just now working actively on CSR through the World CSR Day of which he is a Founder . Dr Bhatia loves to identify Talent and researches on Two subjects the most - People and Excellence .

  • It was in 1992 that I started the HR movement at a Global scale. Being in full time job, allowed me to meet many Great Leaders from across the Globe. The idea of a Global HR Conference was mooted at that time.

  • The year 2017 it will be the 25th Year since the Global HR movement FIRST took place in 1992 and a celebration for WORLD HRD CONGRESS. As I look back, I believe that the 25 years has been worthwhile for me and the ups & downs, the highs & lows and sheer determination to "keep going". In the journey of 25 years, I have meet many many many Leaders; Gurus & Iconic HR Professionals who have shared knowledge; expertise and made me believe that I should just keep going. There are many who say I have made a difference to their lives and it brings a smile to my face. Being MAD is a great thing - Make A Difference. So much has also changed in HR - the function itself has evolved itself into a new being and understanding that unless it is built in the fabric of business - HR will not make a difference.

    I lost a few Friends (I still call them Friends) because they thought they would do What I am doing with their own full time Job. Nothing wrong...! The problem is when students turn Friends and what you teach them because you believe in it and as they grow and practice to do what I am doing it becomes a commercial activity. The groupism in HR has affected me, but it is not a stopper to "keep going".

    I want to acknowledge and thank many people who in my journey of 25 years have helped me to keep going :
    Professor Dave Ulrich
    Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
    Dr. Noel Tichy
    Richard Mosley
    Dr. Tarita Shankar, Chairperson, Indira Group of Institute, Pune
    Dr. Rajan Saxena, Vice Chancellor, NMIMS University
    Prof. Y. K. Bhushan, Senior Advisor, IBS Mumbai
    Dr. R. R. Banerjee, Director, EIILM
    Dr. Rajeev Dubey, President – Group Hr, Corporate Service & After-Market and ember of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
    Judhajit Das, Chief HR Officer, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
    Dr. Chandan Chattaraj, President - Human Resources (India & Global), UFLEX Group
    Dr. Sandip Ghose, Director, National Institute of Securities Markets
    Dr. Saugata Mitra, Chief People Officer & Group – HR Head, Mother Dairy Fruit &Vegetable Pvt. Ltd.
    Nina E. Woodard, President & Chief "N" Sights Officer, Nina E. Woodard & Associates a division of NDPendence, Inc
    Dr. Saagarika Ghoshal, Director - HR, Metro AG
    G. P. Rao, Founder & Managing Partner, Good People Relations (GPR HR Consulting LLP)
    Prof. Dr. C. M. Dwivedi, Director on Board - Datamatics Staffing Services Ltd. ; Ph. D Guide, Mentor & Member - Governing Board - Leading Management Institutions
    S. K. Dutt, President & Head - Corporate HR, Praj Industries Ltd.
    Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Founder - 5F World; Chairman - NASSCOM      Foundation & Global Talent Track; President - HBS Club of India; Vice Chairman - Zensar Technologies

    I have a special mention to make for my God Mother; My Teacher; My Guru Prof. Indira Parikh, Ex Dean of IIM Ahmedabad & President - Antardisha (Directions from Within). I don't think I have learnt to live without you. Off course the father of HR Prof.T. V. Rao, Chairman, T.V. Rao Learning Systems Pvt. Ltd. who is a guiding source of inspiration.

    My first boss and somebody from whom I learnt HR Dr. Harish Mehta, Chairman & MD - Onward Technologies Ltd.; Emeritus Chairman - World HRD Congress & Founder Member - NASSCOM. My gratitude for being with me for 25 years and more.

    Dr. Arun Arora, Ex President and CEO, The Economic Times; Chairman, Edvance Pre-schools Pvt. Ltd. & Emeritus Chairman - World HRD Congress who for the last 15 years is been a great support.

    The entire team at Times Ascent who have continuously been a part of World HRD Congress for the last 23 years. History will repeat itself because of the Times Ascent team who has believed in me.

    The World HRD Congress is my aspiration and my passion. I am sure as I get along it becomes immortalised and it can run on its own - auto mode and some day becomes more iconic than what it currently is.

    I look forward to welcoming you all for 25th Silver Jubilee Year of WORLD HRD CONGRESS - 2017 scheduled on 15th - 17th February, 2017 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai.

    Thank you,

    Yours Sincerely,

    Dr. R. L. Bhatia
    Founder - World CSR Day & World Sustainability
    Project Director - World HRD Congress



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