Manifest all the way…

After months of planning, a new platform for business leaders to exchange ideas was born on the 29th July 2016 in New Delhi. Manifest is a labour of love dedicated to men and women who are creating ventures of value. As the magazine partner Reputation Today was part of creating the platform that helps speakers, attendees and partners enhance their reputation.

An array of inspiring speeches by a dozen eminent men and women on innovation and disruption were the hallmark of the two-day summit. 1. Radhika Aggarwal of Shopclues, 2. Ameera Shah of Metropolis Healthcare, 3. Gul Panag of Mobiefit, 4. Aparna Jain of Zebraa Works, 5. Srikant Sastri of Crayon Data, 6. Raghav Bahl of Quintillion Media, 7. Arokiaswamy Velumani of Thyrocare, 8. Ramesh Agarwal of Agarwal Packers Group, 9. Amitabh Kant of NitiAayog and 10. Anshu Gupta of Goonj were the ten individual speakers besides Actor Divya Spandana and Parliamentarian Tataghata Satpathy.

Josey John, Anil Padmanabhan, Syna Dehnugara, Suparna Chaddha, Abhinandan Sekhri and N Madhavan were some of the prominent journalists who moderated some of the keynotes. Besides these there were over 45 young Founders on Power Exchange panels sharing their stories of growth, vision for the future and thoughts about the sector they operate in.

These included Ajay Singh (5nance), Jimeet Modi (Indian Trading League), Adhil Shetty (Bank Bazaar.Com), Naveen Surya (ItzCash), Vinay Mathews (Faircent), Pranav Manpuria (CocoaPay), Vikas Sekhri (Cashcare), Nidhi Gurnani (CardBack), Saurabh Uboweja (Brands of Desire), Kanika Tekriwal (JetSetGo), Aakrit Vaish (Haptick), Santosh Panda (Explara), Amit Agarwal (NoBroker), Ayesha Sood (Jamun Network), Rajeshree Naik (Ping Networks), Dhanya Rajendran (The News Minute), Jayadevan PK (Factor Daily), Roopak Saluja (120 Media Collective), Pawan Gupta (Curofy), Gauri Angrish (Coral Care Book),  Subhashini Subramniam (BabyBerry), Aakash Ganju (Mirai Health), Ravi Virmani (Credihealth), Rajyasree Sen (Food For Thought), Maulik Mistry (MojoBar), Vikram Achanta (Tulleeho), Pragati Sawhney (Chockriti), Ashish Kapur (Moods Hospitality), Syed Sultan Ahmed (LXL Ideas), Gaurava Yadav (Eduace), Phalgun Kompalli (Upgrad), Rajashree Krishnaswamy (Catalyze Learning), Vikram Sampath (Archive of Indian Music), Shankar Srinivasan (Inclov), Surabhi HR (Political Quotient), Deepak Goel (Karma Circles), Kanika Pal (SOChe Foundation) among others.

This event would not have been possible without the solid support of partners including Niiti Consulting who helped craft the talk points for the various Power Exchanges. Arm Digital who managed the social media outreach for the summit. Adfactors Public Relations and its Founder Madan Bahal backed up the event unconditionally. There were also media partnerships, prominent of which was CNBC. Kiruba Shankar as the host did a stellar job. The core team from The Promise Foundation comprising Roshan Alexander, Anubhuti Mathur and Shruti Malhotra were the rockstars. A bunch of volunteers including those from SSMC and Event Capital did a fine job. 29th and 30th July 2016 were indeed historic.

The absence of Public Relations firms and their representatives barring a couple of them was on expected lines. These are the places were learning, sharing and public relations happens. That is why some PR firms are struggling to earn respect. My five learnings from the summit-

  1. You do not need godfathers to put up a great show with 60+ speakers – all of whom are CEOs/Founders of mid-size to large organisations.
  2. A small team can pull of a large show better than a large team and we proved that!
  3. Punctuality is the cornerstone of every event and we ensured the two days ran on time like we do at PRAXIS.
  4. When genuine and sincere effort goes into something it shows and people recognise it.
  5. There is a need and scope for such forums. We need to build on this and take it to the next level.
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Amith Prabhu is the Founder of the PRomise Foundation which organises PRAXIS, India’s annual summit of reputation management professionals.

He is also the Founding Dean of the School of Communications & Reputation (SCoRe).

He can be reached at @amithpr on twitter.

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