Since 2016, the Economic Times publishes an annual list of Women Ahead, “a celebration of India’s rising women professionals and entrepreneurs. Mankiran Chowhan, Managing Vice President and Country Manager in sales, was recently named to this list of accomplished women recognized because they “made an impact, not just in their companies, but on society in general.”
Spencer Stuart, an executive search firm, partnered with the Economic Times to identify the recipient pool which was narrowed down by what was described as “a very exacting jury.” Twenty-six corporate leaders were selected after they submitted answers to a set of questions that helped determine their impact on business, people, and society.
Mankiran cited her success in reducing attrition on her team and doubling their productivity along with setting up two new sales channels in India. And her contributions won her a spot on the list over 100 other accomplished professional women across various business sectors in India.
“Women need role models to look up to, so I feel very humbled to be on this list,” Mankiran says. She’s passionate about diversity and is proud to be seen as someone who others may look up to as a woman with a demanding career in sales.
She began at Gartner as a client partner and initially turned down the first promotion she was offered because she was about to get married. She couldn’t imagine being able to manage both changes to her life at once. Once she received some gentle encouragement from peers, she took the job and hasn’t looked back. Being named to the Women Ahead list helps Mankiran continue to tell her story that taking a chance is ok and compromising isn’t always necessary.
Mankiran manages a team of more than 120 sales professionals at Gartner who are responsible for revenue generation in India, contributing to Gartner’s success. Though she’s been at Gartner for 14 years, she is still excited about what’s possible and is actively involved in initiatives that help connect women in the workplace to opportunities. She’s on the board of the Women in Sales group and sponsors local initiatives on its behalf.
In an answer to one of the selection questions, Mankiran noted, “I read somewhere that there are more CEOs named David or John than there are women CEOs in the world! That statistic has sort of stuck with me. Research has proven that there is business sense in having gender diversity, so for this to work – men and women both have to be united around the effort.”
She believes that opportunity is ripe at Gartner, stating, “Gartner is an amazing company that affords opportunities for those who are willing to go for it.” She encourages women to not be afraid to take opportunities that are presented to them and to remember that they really can have it all — work-life balance and success— at Gartner.
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