Forbes India releases 'W-Power Trailblazers 2018'; features 25 businesswomen whose star is on the ascendant

Ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March, Forbes India has released its 'W-Power Trailblazers' issue this weekend, featuring 25 women stars on the ascendency in business.

Now in its second edition, the issue places the spotlight on female role models: entrepreneurs and professionals who are driving businesses, shattering stereotypes and aiming high.

Forbes W-Power Trailblazers 2018 issue. Source: Forbes India

Forbes W-Power Trailblazers 2018 issue. Source: Forbes India

The 25 women stars included names like Chiki Sarkar, publisher, Juggernaut Books, Adhuna Bhabani, founder-director, Bblunt, Anupriya Acharya, CEO (India), Publicis Media, Kavitha Sairam, co-founder, FIB-SOL Life Technologies, Dina Wadia and Shivpriya Nanda, joint managing partners, J Sagar Associates among others.

"We need to specify that this is not a ranking but a qualitative selection – a grouping of groundbreakers, game-changers and innovators working across diverse sectors such as technology, law, banking, insurance, media, biotech and the startup sector," Forbes India said in a statement.

"Mandated quotas smack of tokenism, and we have as many women who favour reservations as those who would like merit to be the decider," said Brian Carvalho, editor of Forbes India, referring to the lack of women on company boards.

"With the overwhelming response that we received for the first edition of W-Power last year, a second edition was imminent. This issue is unique because of the methodology used in the selection of the leaders. We believe that this list cannot be ranked hence we adopt a qualitative approach," said Joy Chakraborthy, CEO, Forbes India and president, revenue, Network18.

The final list of 25 was identified based on jury votes. For the complete list, visit:

(Disclosure - Reliance Industries Ltd. is the sole beneficiary of Independent Media Trust which controls Network18 Media & Investments Ltd)

With inputs from IANS

Published Date: Mar 05, 2018 17:01 PM | Updated Date: Mar 05, 2018 17:01 PM

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