WeAreTheCity India was launched in 2014 by the UK site founders, Vanessa and Stewart Vallely. The creation of the site is in response to to the high volume of traffic hitting the UK site from India. It has become apparent that women in India are reading articles and drawing inspiration from the London-based site on an increasingly regular basis. The founders of WeAreTheCity, Stewart and Vanessa Vallely decided to create an online community resource similar to the UK site to help Indian women meet their professional and personal goals and support the female pipeline. In 2013, Caroline Graham, a Director in Financial services kindly offered her time to make the creation of WeAreTheCity in India a reality.
In May 2014, WeAreTheCity held its launch event in the heart of Mumbai. Caroline and the UK founders were joined by over 100 corporate women, CEO’s and corporate representatives.
Vanessa Vallely, a regular speaker at women’s networking events all over the world said “Building WeAreTheCity in another country has always been a dream for us, We knew we had a market of both local and expat women that we could help and inspire via the content on our site. I am passionate about India, having worked there and volunteered in the region. Thanks to our head, Caroline Graham, we had an incredible launch of WeAreTheCity India on International Women’s Day, which for me was the most appropriate day to celebrate links across the world. We are extremely excited about being able to help Indian women to network, develop and learn via local events and advice from local experts and writers.”
Apurva Purohit, CEO of Radio City 91.1 FM, and a featured Inspirational Woman on WATC, said: “It’s great to see the India launch of WeAretheCity. As the percentage of working women in corporate India steadily moves up, initiatives such as these, which encourage sharing, networking and becoming part of a larger group, will embolden more and more women to stay committed to their careers. I strongly believe these and more such initiatives will ensure that we hit critical mass and result in a sizeable and relevant percentage of women in the workspace soon.”
The Indian WeAreTheCity site is currently sponsored by EY, one of the world’s leading professional services organisations. Sonu Iyer, Partner Lead for Diversity and Inclusiveness at EY India, said: “We are very excited to partner with WeAreTheCity India and to support the launch of this new platform for professional Indian women. The objectives of WeAreTheCity align with our purpose of building a better working world, by enabling women to achieve their true potential in the workplace. Diverse and inclusive teams stimulate innovation and are a priority for EY worldwide. As the market-leading professional services organisation in India, we are committed to the career development of women in EY as we are to participating in broader initiatives to help promote professional growth for women in India.”
WeAreTheCity India is headed up by Caroline Graham, a Director in Financial Services based in Mumbai, who has been key to establishing grass roots relationships for WeAreTheCity and the local community of Corporate women across India. Caroline is supported operationally by a small local team of Indian corporate women.
Caroline Graham stated: “WeAreTheCity India will offer an exciting new platform for women across India to come together to share ideas, network and support each other. With more Indian women now looking to advance their careers, or come back into the workforce after a career break, the need for relevant forums that provide professional tips, help build confidence and connect like-minded women are increasingly important. We are very much looking forward to welcoming Indian women into the WeAreTheCity community and are excited at the prospect of highlighting the stories of Inspirational Women across the country.”
WeAreTheCity.in currently has over 2500 members and a presence in Mumbai, Hyderabad & Bangalore with plans to expand to Delhi, Pune and Chennai. Our head of WeAreTheCity India is also in the process of transitioning the management of the site over to local corporate women.
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