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Tue, 22 Oct


Ministry of New

Take Five Session #21 You Don't Need HR (Right Away!)

How Entrepreneurs and Young Startups can Build and Manage Their People and Culture.

Take Five Session #21  You Don't Need HR (Right Away!)
Take Five Session #21  You Don't Need HR (Right Away!)

Time & Location

22 Oct 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Ministry of New, Ministry of New, Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

About the Event

Take Five Session #21 

You Don't Need HR (Right Away!) w/ Ria Shroff Desai

How Entrepreneurs and Young Startups can Build and Manage Their People and Culture

About the session

This session will help founders and entrepreneurs understand the importance of building their human capital strategy as part of their business model if they plan to grow and expand their teams, and how they can setup lean people and culture systems on their own to manage early employee expectations. Participants will leave the session with the knowledge of how to build and implement a People & Culture strategy to recruit, motivate and develop teams that contribute towards their vision without needing a separate team.

About the speaker

Ria Shroff Desai never thought she’d work in HR. But she always knew she wanted to contribute towards building strong companies and brands, and being a part of growth stories. After 10+ years living and working across the US, Dominican Republic and India, she had the opportunity to build and lead a People Operations team which is where she realised how human capital can make or break a company’s success. Having consulted for smaller companies as well as nonprofits, she has seen where and how traditional HR systems fail, and how founders struggle when faced with rapid growth. She believes that the future of business lies in people, profits and purpose. Ria is an avid - though currently dormant - runner, loves reading and is fluent in Spanish.

Take Five Takeaways

  1. What differentiates “people and culture” in startups versus other companies 
  2. People Operations versus People Development - how you can separate (and work on) both
  3. Founder-led culture and values - until when will it work?
  4. Six steps to identify and build your culture
  5. Here’s your first HR strategy!

“Great people aren’t just HR’s responsibility, they’re a business priority.”

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Talks & workshops packed with bite-sized business insights

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the best. And to experience Ministry of New for a day:

For active Ministry of New members* this event is free. If you are not a member, we'd love to welcome you to experience our 'new way of working' at Ministry of New, as your ticket of INR 500/- includes a free ‘Day pass’** (Normal value INR 1500/-)

So, work the whole day at our professional oasis, plus have the opportunity to meet Akshay and attend his talk. You're welcome!

* Active member: If you have been using our space on an active (paid) membership in your name in the last 2 months (From 22nd of Aug 2019 onwards)

**Only applicable if you haven't used our free day pass before.


  • For Non-Members

    The ticket cost includes entry to the session and basic refreshments along with One day pass worth INR 1,500/-

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