Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers

5 min readMar 9, 2023


Indomitable women leaders & role models driving the DEI charge

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Women’s Day

Women leaders and role models have been changing the face of the workplace by being at the forefront of driving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. We’re excited to recognize our Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers and the amazing work they’re doing.

This distinguished list has been curated based on our assessment and experience of working with, and following the work of influential leaders, just like our Top 12. The list has been compiled by a jury and board after carefully considering leaders from over 100+ companies and their efforts towards development through mentoring and coaching, culture-driven initiatives that they’ve led, and their contribution towards shaping conversations and ideas around balancing workplaces to progress this agenda.

Here is the list in alphabetical order:

Anu Khanchandani | Co-Founder & Principal Mentor(IT) at Fintoo

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Anu Khanchandani

Anu Khanchandani has been in the digital product industry for the past 26 years and has been nominated as the Best Startup Coach of the Year for 2021. She truly is a force to be reckoned with and is a true leader in driving diversity and inclusion in workplaces.

Aruna Rao | Advisor — Strategic Technologies at Kotak Mahindra Bank

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Aruna Rao

Aruna Rao is a true veteran in the world of banking, with multiple accolades up her sleeve. She is a huge inspiration to many upcoming professionals and has had a monumental impact towards ensuring a gender-balanced workplace.

Charusmitha Rao | Senior Global Learning & Talent Development Manager — APJ, India at Akamai

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Charusmitha Rao

Diversity and inclusion are more than just buzzwords to Charusmitha Rao — they are at the heart of everything she does. An icon and a headstrong leader, Charusmitha has also been awarded the coveted 2019-India HR 40under40 list.

Farangis Choudhury | Head — Diversity, Equity & inclusion at LTI Mindtree

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Farangis Choudhury

If you’re looking for a change-maker who is passionate about creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace, look no further than Farangis Choudhury. With over 24 years of work experience, Farangis works towards fostering diversity at workplaces and creating a culture of inclusion that encourages diversity to thrive.

Garima Garg | Senior Vice President and Head Business HR, India RE Business and Services Business at ReNew Power

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Garima Garg

She’s a trailblazer, a visionary, and a leader who is pushing boundaries and ensuring diversity and inclusion are the need of the hour. Introducing Garima Garg — a shining star in the HR world and a driving force behind the movement for a more equitable and inclusive workplace.

Gopi Bahl | Associate Director, Head of Technology for Commodities and Global Markets & Macquarie Capital at Macquarie, India

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Gopi Bahl

In a world that often struggles with diversity and inclusion, Gopi Bahl is a breath of fresh air. She is a diversity and inclusion advocate, with many global initiatives proposed and executed to make the workplace a more comfortable and equal place for all.

Manisha Kohli | APAC Partner Technology Leader (Strategic Partner Ecosystem) at Google

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Manisha Kohli

Manisha is a woman on a mission. With a career spanning over two decades, she has not only left her mark on the tech world, but she’s also a front runner, when it comes to driving diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace.

Prachi Rastogi | Diversity and Inclusion Leader — APAC at IBM

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Prachi Rastogi

A regular speaker at forums and summits on Gender Equality and women empowerment in the technology space, Prachi is a visionary leader who is driving the conversation around diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Prashanti Bodugum | Vice President, Technology and Chennai Center Head at Walmart Global Tech

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Prashanti Bodugum

Prashanti Bodugum is a name you need to know in the world of Tech. With over 25+ years of working experience, Prashanti has headed multiple diverse leadership roles across multiple geographies.

Sonal Sharda | HR Business Leader International APAC Region at Amdocs

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Sonal Sharda

A seasoned leadership and organizational development professional with over 24 years of diverse experience in the corporate industry and the Armed Forces, Sonal Sharda is making waves by making a difference in the workplace and beyond.

Swati Agarwal | HR COO, DBS Bank (India) at DBS Bank

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Swati Agarwal

When it comes to driving diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace, Swati Agarwal is a true rockstar. With over 16 years of experience, Swati is working relentlessly towards ensuring a diverse and more inclusive workplace for the future leaders of tomorrow.

Usha Srikanth | VP & Senior Partner, Sectors — CIC India at IBM

WeAce Top 12 She for She Women Trailblazers | Usha Srikanth

With a career spanning more than two decades, Usha is a big name in the financial services sector. Through her work in the corporate world, she has become a leading voice in the movement for greater diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

As we celebrate these amazing women, we must also acknowledge that the work is far from over. There is still much to be done to create more inclusive and equitable workplaces. But by continuing to support and elevate the voices of women leaders and role models, we can create a better future for everyone. Here’s to together making every day a Happy Women’s Day!

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