At the Telstra Business Women's Awards 2016 Rituparna Chakraborty from India was announced as the winner of the inaugural Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award.
Rituparna Chakraborty is a co-founder of TeamLease Services, one of India's leading providers of human resource services. With a vision of "Putting India to Work", the company enables young workers to have a formal job so that they can have secure wages, social security and healthcare. 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 Rituparna 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 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.
The other the finalists of the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award are: Anu Sheela Themudu from iGene (Malaysia), Beth Lui from APEC Schools (the Philippines), Gabrielle Costigan from Linfox International Group (Thailand), Kimberley Cole from Thomson Reuters (Hong Kong), Marion Fromm from Cambodian Harvest Dried Fruit Co., Ltd (Cambodia), and Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo from Bubu.com (Indonesia).
"As a member of the Telstra Business Women's Awards Alumni myself it is my pleasure to welcome the Asia Award finalists to join the network of more than 2,000 women who have been award finalists over more than two decades. This is an amazing group and together we will continue to look for ways to inspire the next generation of business women and address barriers that stand in the way of their success," said Whelan.