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September 08, 2019

BTOES - SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Lean In Agile for Women - Enabling diversity, inclusion and adaptability

Courtesy of Lean in Agile, Padmini Nidumolu and Leila Rao wrote a synopsis of their speaking session discussing 'Lean In Agile for Women - Enabling diversity, inclusion and adaptability'. Click here to download the full presentation.


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The Lean In Agile (LIA) movement is designed to help women thrive in this new world of work with its paradoxical demands of innovation and delivery. The movement recognizes that we need structural changes to achieve a collaborative, diverse, adaptive culture and therefore calls on organizations to be inclusive and diverse in thought leadership, work force and bringing women to the decision making tables. Lean In Agile will partner with organizations to facilitate a space and a vehicle for women to co-create a vision and execute through collaboration. We also partner with conferences on “Women Inclusion” partnership.


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Lean In Agile offers a framework called “Spirals” to help women learn and grow together in a mutually reinforcing support structure to help overcome internalized beliefs and behaviors. While this does not reduce the need for structural realignment to create a diverse leadership and workforce, Spirals can help women be better equipped to not only survive but thrive in the complicated landscape that will be the reality for organizations.


On organizational engagement front, LIA coaches organizations in actively seeking and promoting women Agilists at all levels. Identify and coach women candidates to create strong applicant pool for organizational strategy and change roles. Lean In Agile is honored to launch “LIA 100”, an initiative to identify women making significant contributions in Lean and Agile spaces across the globe. Our vision is to recognize the value these amazing women create for our community.



About the Authors

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Padmini Nidumolu,
Co- Founder,
Lean In Agile


Padmini Nidumolu is the co founder of "Lean In Agile" for women movement and an Lean-Agile community leader enabling the voices of women be heard through women led events and campaigns. Her expertise and focus is in building learning organizations and delivering value by leveraging diversities as enablers leading to an enterprise culture of continuous improvement.She plays an active role in the local Agile communities through speaking, volunteering, engaging with special interest groups with Agile practitioners, Agile Thought Leaders and Agile Coaches. Padmini is an accomplished Indian classical dancer and serves as a STEM coach to the school teams. She lives in the Washington DC Metro area.


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Laila Rao,
Co- Founder, 
Lean In Agile

Leila Rao is an enterprise consultant optimizing the ability of organizations to discover, deliver and realize value iteratively. She integrates Lean values, gained from her experiences applying Lean in the healthcare industry, with Agile principles drawn from Agile transformation expertise, to facilitate sustainable organizational change outcomes. She is now applying the same experiences to increase the value and visibility of women  through self-empowerment and structural realignment as the co-founder of Lean In Agile.            



The issues in this article are just one of topic areas that are going to be discussed at the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit & Industry (BTOES19). March 18-22, 2019, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort®

BTOES is the industry’s biggest and best, senior-level, cross-industry gathering of Business Transformation & Operational Excellence industry leaders and senior executives.

It also hosts the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awardswhich showcase globally the most outstanding organizational achievements through the application of Operational Excellence programs.

The summits hosts a number of private forums for C-Level & Global corporate-level leaders as well as business unit heads.

With over 150 speakers, over 100 sessions, 12 Keynotes, 9 Track Themes, 5 parallel tracks, 60+ track sessions, 50 roundtable discussions, 20 Interactive Workshops, 6 Thought Leader Panels, 5 Leaders Boardrooms, 5 co-located events, the Industry Awards Program, Site Visits, 20+ hours of social networking including 2 gala cocktail parties, dinners, numerous group activities, this is the ultimate event to benchmark, network and drive Operational Excellence to the next level.


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There is a strong focus on Cultural Transformation, Customer Delight, Sustaining an Operational Excellence program, Need for end-to-end Business Transformation, Keeping up with new technologies/impact of digitalization and Leadership Buy-in & Understanding. We dedicated two tracks to advanced technologies, such as AI, Machine Learning, RPA, Predictive Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud infrastructure etc.

The agenda is designed to encourage active meaningful conversations though all day enhanced networking and interaction opportunities, including

  • All-day Refreshment & Themed Breaks

  • 1¼ Hour Hot Breakfast Networking Sessions

  • 1½ Hour Hot Plated Networking Lunches with Topic & Industry Sector focussed tables

  • 1½ Hour Roundtable Sessions by Topic & Industry Sector.

  • Keynote & Themes Panel Sessions

  • Hosted Welcome Receptions from 5.30pm

  • Expanded more lavish Awards Program

  • Newly launched Night Summit for attendees to meet after dinner

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