Pollack, Elle Décor Present "Empowering Women In Business," Panel Includes Welspun's Dipali Goenka
| Pollack, award-winning fabric brand, collaborated with Elle
Décor, a Hearst Design Group publication, to host the reception
and inspiring panel discussion "Empowering Women In Business"
held on June 15, 2016 in New York's Hearst Tower Auditorium.
The discussion was led by Kate Kelly Smith, senior
vice-president and publishing director, Hearst Design Group.
Panelists included Rachel Doriss, vice-president, design director
of Pollack; Dipali Goenka, managing director of Welspun Ltd.; and
Gabby Etrog Cohen, senior vice-president of PR and brand strategy
The panelists explained their approaches to fostering an
environment of collaboration and compassion, and illustrated how
they translate their passions and interest into successful
careers. Each of these influential women outlined their personal
experiences in becoming impactful, strong-willed, corporate
leaders and how they've built successful teams, products and brands.
In April 2016, Welspun's Dipali Goenka was named by Forbes to
be the 16th Most Powerful Businesswoman in Asia. She also
spearheads Welspun's CSR activities, whose guiding principles
include education, empowerment and health. She introduced the
company's SPUN home accessories collection, which produces
decorative pillows and blankets through the employment of women
in Indian villages who would otherwise be unable to work outside
"Business can't work in isolation, but must take into
consideration the community around it," Goenka said.
"Business is about the customer," Goenka explained. "It
begins and ends there. You have to find out what is relevant for
her or him. For Millennials and Gen Z, what does 'home' mean for
"Innovation is also a very important aspect of Welspun," said
"I'm so proud of Pollack's commitment to including women in
its workforce," explained Rachel Doriss. "I have spent most of my
career here and my passion for this business has been encouraged
and embraced from the beginning." Pollack's workforce is made up
of 70 percent women.
Shown: Panelists Rachel Doriss (left) from Pollack and Dipali
Goenka from Welspun flank attending colleague Nancy Golden,
senior vice-president, marketing, Welspun USA.