TOSB Conversation Starters

Make sense of an increasingly complex world with TOSB Conversation Starters. Where we cut through the clutter to present top insights from some of the world’s leading experts on the ideas that are shaping our world. This is where you can find quick takes from our most sought-after speakers and get to know them better.

List of Episodes

Why Belonging Matters: A Conversation Starter with Gautam Khetrapal

“Do you notice that the more developed a country, lesser is the human connection..?” Gautam Khetrapal talks about the importance of feeling a sense of belonging, how loneliness impacts our physiology and how can we build better connections. We deep dive into his immensely popular TEDx talk – “Currency of Belonging” where Gautam touched on the biggest ideas and latest research that is shaping how we approach social connections and finding our tribe.

Leading from the Heart: A Conversation Starter with Gautam Khetrapal

Is functioning from the heart relevant in modern workplaces? According to transformational speaker Gautam Khetrapal, it is critically so. In this micro-cast, Gautam outlines a leadership approach that is rooted in the heart. In finding empathy and compassion in our interactions towards building stronger teams and more successful companies. Tune in for a snippet of this larger conversation. Gautam is often invited to leadership offsites to speak on ideas such as leading from the heart, the currency of belonging, bio-hacking to optimal performance, and more. Reach out to us to engage with him.

Bringing more women to Finance, with Bijna Kotak Dasani

How has Covid impacted women in the workplace? How can we build workplaces that are more inclusive of minorities? What is the future for equal pay and inclusive work policies? Dr. Bijna Kotak, one of the leading names in global banking and financial services, shared her thoughts with us on this podcast. Bijna has been a champion of the DE&I agenda since early in her career and is today involved in several projects and mentorship programs to improve the diversity agenda within her industry. Engage with Bijna for conversations and keynotes on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, women in finance and mentorships for female talent. Talk to our team to know more.

Bio-hacking: The secret to Optimal Performance, with Gautam Khetrapal

Transformational speaker Gautam Khetrapal shares bio hacks to enhance cognitive and physical performance on a daily basis; from nutrition to sleep, fitness and more. In this conversation, we spoke to Gautam about the basic principles of bio-hacking for optimal performance. Daily changes that can have a lasting effect. And simple habits that can transform our mental and physical being towards more energised, engaged and elevated living. Tune in to hear more. Gautam is the founder of LifePlugin, which he refers to as the Disneyland of Learning & Education. A space to meet, learn and grow towards living more adventurous, joyful and fulfilling lives. Reach out to us to engage with him for your organization.

Apoorva Bapna & Deepak Kashyap: Nurturing Corporate Allies for Pride Month

When it comes to supporting Pride at work, how far have organisations come? Why is the Pride Month so relevant for businesses? And what can we gain from a stronger collaboration between corporates and the LGBTQ community? We brought in two guests to give us their perspectives from two very different lenses. Apoorva Bapna, Chief Culture Officer at WPP comes with a lens of how corporates are approaching diversity and inclusion and how Pride Month acts as an impetus. And counselling therapist Deepak Kashyap offers a voice for the community, bringing his rich layers of learning from years of working in sensitising businesses and creating more inclusive work places for queer people. Engage with our speakers and experts to build meaningful conversations on #PrideMonth, DEI, workplace sensitisation and more. Reach out at

Sharif D Rangnekar – Pride Month – Celebration or Appropriation?

June is celebrated every year as Pride Month. But amidst so much social media noise, are we losing its real significance? How can organizations specifically understand and celebrate the true spirit of Pride Month? Author & LGBTQ+ activist Sharif Rangnekar shared his thoughts with us, tapping into his own experience growing up as a gay man in India. With over 25 years of experience in the fields of media, publishing, research and public relations, he uses talks, writing, event curation and music, to advocate change and garner support for the LGBTQ+ community. A communications and workplace sensitisation consultant, Sharif is the author of Straight To Normal, a TedX speaker and the Festival Director of the Rainbow Lit Fest.

Bharat Wakhlu:Class of 2020: Entering the workforce amidst the pandemic

For those who have joined the workforce in the last 2 years, amidst the pandemic, lockdowns and hybrid working, it’s been a very different work environment. What should they know about the new paradigm? And charting success in this new world? Author of “Navigating the Maze: Simple, Smarter Strategies to Fast-track Success” Bharat Wakhlu spoke to us about better communication, enhanced listening, and a spiritual bend of mind to master the world of work. Tune in to hear the conversation! With over 35 years of experience, Bharat has coached and mentored hundreds of leaders throughout his career, enabling them to reach their full potential. Reach out to our team to engage with Bharat for leadership mentoring and coaching.

Eika Chaturvedi Banerjee: Ancient wisdom for healthier workplaces

We spoke to Business leader & founder of wellness org Eikam, Eika on how ancient wisdom and mythology can help businesses and individuals find deeper meaning in their work. Listen to the podcast. #tosbconversationstarters

Ashwin Naik: 5 Ways Organisations Can Enable the Transition to New Work Models

Author and award-winning healthcare entrepreneur Ashwin Naik shared with us his “Top 5” on what organizations can do to enable a safe and comfortable transition for employees as they adapt to new work models. On #World Day for Safety and Health at Work, here’s a recap. Talk to our team to engage with Ashwin for your organization. #TOSBConversationStarters #ConversationsThatMatter

Bharat Wakhlu: “Leaders Can No Longer Sit in their Ivory Towers”

Leadership Mentor and Management Consultation Bharat Wakhlu spoke to us about the most pressing challenges for leaders in 2022. And the critical skills they will need to lead in a world that continues to be in a state of flux. With over 35 years of experience, Bharat has coached and mentored hundreds of senior leaders throughout his career, enabling them to reach their full potential. Reach out to our team to engage with Bharat for leadership mentoring and coaching.

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