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XLRI to hold 8th Edition of TEDxXLRI

16th February, 2021


XLRI - Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, one of India's premier B-Schools, is all set to hold the 8th Edition of TEDxXLRI virtually on February 19, 2021. In its 8th edition, 'TEDxXLRI 2021' looks forward to witnessing eminent speakers from different walks of life come together on a single platform to uncover new ideas, provide an authentic and intelligent perspective of an unexplored topic and inspire inquisitive minds through stories of path makers who defied all odds and emerged victoriously. The theme for this year's TEDxXLRI is "Surviving the Storm."

Speaking on the theme, Fr. P Christie S.J., Director, XLRI-Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, said, "The pandemic has shown the need for making the process of management education more meaningful and purpose-oriented. We as a part of TEDxXLRI want to encourage people to uncover new ideas, provide the authentic and intelligent perspective of unexplored topics, challenge students to think about complex ideas and to share the latest research in their local areas that spark conversations in our community. We aim to provide a platform for people that have big ideas or are doing remarkable work that would never be recognized in any other way."

The eminent speakers for 'TEDxXLRI 2021' are:

Deepika Kumari-: Deepika Kumari, one of India's finest archers, is a former World Number One, started her professional journey at the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur. She won two gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010. Deepika has been conferred with the Arjuna Award, India's second-highest sporting award, in the year 2012 by President of India Pranab Mukherjee and the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2016.

Dhaval Jain-: A 2014 batch Indian Administrative Service officer, Dhaval Jain is also an MBA from the Prestigious IIM Ahmedabad. Currently the Managing Director at PASCHIM BANGA AGRI MARKETING CORPORATION LIMITED, he has previously worked with the Ministry of Mines as an assistant secretary and tried to use space technology in enhancing monitoring of mining activity in the country. He served as the Responsible for subjects like Health, Education, Transport and Skill Development, and also led the fight against corona. Additional District Magistrate (General) He was awarded the President's Gold Medal for being the Best IAS Officer Trainee by India's President.

Amit Behl-: Amit Behl is an Indian theatre, television, and film actor who has worked in over almost 100 TV serials, broadcasted over a variety of channels spanning across the Hindi, English, Marathi, Punjabi, and Urdu television industry.  A senior joint secretary of CINTAA (Cine & TV artistes association) since 2015, he is also a member of the governing council of MESC (Media & Entertainment skill council).

Sarah Hussain-: Sarah Hussain, who runs food blogs by the name 'zingyzest,' is one the youngest and most successful blogger in India. She has over 380k followers on Instagram, where she strikes a balance between street food and fine dining.  She has collaborated with food brands like Veeba, Pepsi Co, Cadbury, Dominos, Easy Food and major lifestyle and luxury brands, Maybelline New York, Hyatt, Westin, Taj Group, Meridian, Mercedes Benz, Nexus Motos, and Oppo Phone, to name a few. She has been featured on NDTV, Economic Times, The Hindu, ABP News as well.

Aditya Gupta -: An entrepreneur and ace mountaineer who successfully summitted Mt Everest at the age of 50, Aditya Gupta is the owner of successful brands like Sharda Exports, India, The Rug Republic, and The Furniture Republic. Aditya took to trekking from a fairly young age, joined a mountaineering club during his college days at IIT Roorkee, and has never looked back since then. Aditya opines that there is scope for a lot of learning, inspiration, and motivation through these adventures, all of which could then be applied in a professional environment.

Tanmay Jain-: Founder & CEO of Infeedo, Tanmaya is a young entrepreneur who has successfully helped enterprises adopt AI in HR to increase top talent retention, enhance employee experience and diagnose culture issues using predictive people analytics. His company inFeedo launched an engagement bot in that market that is talking to more than 300,000 employees across 100+ enterprises like GE, Puma, Dominos to make their voices feel heard and valued. His company got funded on the spot at India's version of Shark Tank. He is also known as the youngest millennial speaker to address HR leadership in organizations like Fidelity, PwC, GE, Schneider, Microsoft, etc.

About TED: 
TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics - from science to business to global issues - in more than 100 languages. TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. 

About TEDxXLRI: 
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxXLRI, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxXLRI event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark in-depth discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About XLRI

XLRI-Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur is a premier, private management institute in India founded in 1949 by Fr Quinn Enright, S.J. in the 'steel city' of Jamshedpur (www.xlri.ac.in). Over the last seven decades, the institute has grown into a top-ranking business management school of international repute with a wide portfolio of management programs and research publications. Its alumni are spread around the globe and have demonstrated responsible business leadership in their organizations. XLRI continually strives to contribute its mite to the professional growth and management of numerous organizations and institutions across industry sectors. XLRI has been awarded two prestigious International Accreditations, viz., AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and AMBA - Association of MBAs. XLRI has also earned the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) accreditation.