Indian Wealth Management Forum 2019 - Exclusive Insights - Lakshmi Iyer

Lakshmi Iyer

Chief Investment Officer (Debt) & Head Products

Kotak Mahindra Asset Management

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  • 1. How do we attract more women into this business?

    The biggest mental block for women to be part of financial services is (that) they think it is a male dominated area. They think it is too complicated, it's like a web maze and they will not be able to make it through it. So, I think what we require, what is the need of the hour, is, I would say, pro-women policies. There is a lot of lip service, which most of the industry people rarely talk about, but how many people actually walk the talk is very, very critical. So, I think (what is needed is) a lot of women-friendly policies, being more agile, being more sensitive, I think. And a lot of case studies being put forward to women to tell them “look, it's not impossible. It's really doable.” So, I think that is the need of the hour right now.