In the vibrant tapestry of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, the 5th edition of the annual Business Excellence Summit unfolded magnificently from 30th September to 1st October 2023, marking a glorious 36-year legacy. This year’s summit, aptly themed “Navigating the Unknown,” transcended boundaries, illuminating the path for budding leaders.
The event’s crescendo, day two, was graced by luminaries like esteemed XIM Faculty Prof. Shridhar Kumar Dash and the esteemed Mr. Chittaranjan Mohanty, Founder of Samvi Hifresh and a distinguished alumnus of XIM Bhubaneswar. Mohanty’s speech resonated deeply, echoing the essence of life’s uncertainties, the significance of building a valuable toolkit, and the art of leveraging networking opportunities. His parting words, “Your zone of comfort has to be left behind for the ship to cross the sea,” left an indelible mark, reminding everyone that embracing discomfort leads to remarkable achievements.
The stage also belonged to Mr. Abhishek Asthana, a trailblazer in the entrepreneurial realm. Asthana wove a captivating narrative, sharing his journey from engineering to MBA and illuminating the importance of learning and diligence in the corporate arena. His tales from the trenches of Shark Tank, coupled with the revelation of the genesis of his Twitter handle ‘@GabbbarSingh’, showcased the power of personal branding and the impact of authentic opinions.
In a riveting discourse, Miss Reena Rathi, Head of Mobile Business Development at Amazon and an esteemed alumna of XIM Bhubaneswar, unveiled the secrets of “Thriving With Innovation.” Her insights illuminated the path, emphasizing the customer-centric nature of innovations and the pivotal role curiosity plays in fostering innovation. She left an enduring message: “Today, questions are the new answers,” urging everyone to embrace curiosity as the catalyst for transformation.
Mrs. Jane Saquria Kumar, Partner at PWC and a revered XIM Bhubaneswar alumna, delved into the uncharted waters of M&A. Her wisdom, distilled from a life in investment banking, offered invaluable insights into strategic decision-making. She emphasized the rarity of M&A decisions, underscoring their criticality in an organization’s arsenal. Her words became a beacon, guiding all through the intricate paths of mergers and acquisitions.
Intriguingly, Mr. Tushar Sahu, Director of Engineering at Google, unfurled the tapestry of “The New Age of AI and Technology Career Options.” His discourse on Generative AI and its pivotal role in automation and augmentation intelligence painted a vivid picture of the future. Sahu’s vision of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and its transformative influence across sectors left the audience spellbound, ushering in an era of boundless possibilities.
The event’s tapestry was enriched further by Mrs. Jagriti Kumar, Sports Medicine Franchise Lead at Smith & Nephew. Her enlightening discourse on the Business Excellence Framework illuminated the path to success. Kumar’s emphasis on adaptability, agility, and personal brand building echoed through the hall. Her parting wisdom, “When we seek to listen with an open mind, we find solutions,” resonated deeply, encapsulating the essence of innovation.
As the curtains fell on this momentous occasion, gratitude filled the air. Kamlesh Sahu, the Cultural Secretary of XIM Bhubaneswar, expressed heartfelt thanks to the luminaries, faculty, and committees whose unwavering support crafted this resounding success. General Secretary Anurag Mohapatra extended appreciation to the visionaries behind the institution, the speakers, and the media partners, acknowledging their role in amplifying the event’s reach. Together, they had orchestrated a symphony of knowledge, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all attendees.