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SAVE-THE-DATE! Congress 2006 will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2006

Two dynamic business leaders will be the principal speakers at Congress 2006 presented by the South Asian Women’s Leadership Forum on Saturday, February 25, 2006 in Manhattan. SAWLF is pleased to announce that Ms. Indra Nooyi, president and CFO for PepsiCo., Inc. will participate in an interactive segment with Ms. Meena Mansharamani, vice president for strategic initiatives at Pepsi-Cola North America.

This special segment will bring together two, leading-edge professionals for an engaging discussion that will highlight winning business strategies and practices as well as their individual experiences of challenge and achievement at one of the world’s best known and established consumer brands.

SAWLF Second Annual Congress 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
10:00 AM to 7:30 PM
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
300 Madison Avenue (SW Corner of 42nd Street)
New York, NY 10017

Anita Itty joins South Asian Women's Leadership Forum as contributing essayist. Each quarter, Ms. Itty will write on topics of leadership, identity, business & culture.

SAWLF is committed to the advancement of South Asian women in the workplace. In the June 2004 issue of Working Mother magazine, SAWLF's National Director is featured in Can We Talk? A candid conversation about race and career by Caroline Howard

Recent SAWLF Events:
JoinSAWLFat the Working Mother Best Companies for Women of Color Multicultural Conference, July 20-21, 2005 in New York City. SAWLF will host an interactive session for conference attendees from 5 - 6 PM on July 20. in Central Park West, Sheraton New York & Towers.

Asia Society & SAWLF present a season of special events highlighting Asian and Asian-American women business leaders, including:"Trailblazers: Asian Women Entrepreneurs" on May 4, 2005.

Special guest speakers include Shoba Purushothaman, CEO and Co-Founder, The NewsMarket and Geeta Anand, Senior Special Writer, Wall Street Journal.

Geeta Anand, Senior Special Writer, Wall Street Journal

Additional speakers to be announced. To register on-line, click here

SAWLF presents its inaugural Congress 2005 on Saturday, February 26, 2005 in Manhattan. Sara Mathew, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and Zeyba Rahman, Chairperson, World Music Institute and Producing Partner, Jungli Billi Productions will deliver the keynote address. Additional special guests and participants to be announced. To register on-line, click here

In December 2004, SAWLF presents Behind the Scenes:Women In Film Series at the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) December 1 - 5, 2004 in New York City. SAWLF is proud to sponsor a selection of films: Meenaxi (2004); What r We Doin' Here & Ladies Special. For additional information, visit SAIFF

"Getting Real Success", Join SAWLF on October 19, 2004 as we explore the complexity of defining and achieving success amid converging personal and professional goals and demands with Subha Barry, First Vice President of Multicultural and Diversified Business Development for Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.; Jeanine Prime, Director of Research for Catalyst; and Jyoti Chopra, head of South Asian business in Merrill Lynch Global Private Client’s Multicultural and Diversified Business Development Group. Additional speakers to be confirmed. To register, click here

Join the SAWLF table on Saturday, October 16, 2004 for Celebrating Women's Lives, the annual SAKHI Benefit Gala at Chelsea Piers. This special event features actress Nandita Das & the Vagina Monologues' Eve Ensler. For ticket information, please contact SAWLF

Join SAWLF on Sunday, September 19, 2004 for a special performance and reception with the UK comedy sensation, Shazia Mirza and THE LAST TEMPTATION OF SHAZIA. Click here to register. This event is made possible by the generous support of Western Union.

Join SAWLF at the Working Mother Best Companies for Women of Color Multicultural Conference, July 20-21, 2004 in New York City.


SAWLF Inaugural Congress 2005 : Advancing South Asian Women

Saturday, February 26, 2005
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

300 Madison Avenue (SW Corner of 42nd Street), New York, NY 10017
10:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Letter from the Founder

Distinguished Keynote Speakers Sara Mathew of The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation and Zeyba Rahman of the World Music Institute and Jungli Billi Productions.


South Asian women who shape and influence media including film, advertising, print, Internet, and fiction - actress Sarita Choudhary; screenwriter Sabrina Dhawan; creative director Ameena Meer; author Abha Dawesar and Cigar Aficionado senior editor Shandana Durrani - debated and discussed how women, including South Asian women, are portrayed in the mainstream media and how, through their experience as “media influencers,” they reconcile their personal interests for representation/equity with the limitations (as well as opportunities) of the current marketplace.


Panel Presentation: Getting, Keeping and Wielding Power with 
Nell Merlino; Meeta Vyas; Anita Gupta; Preeta Bansal, Esq;
and Moderator, Deepali Bagati of Catalyst.
(Photography Jay Manda/On Assignment)

As a part of Congress 2005 activities, SAWLF will host a sensational silent auction! CLICK HERE TO VIEW CORPORATE CONTRIBUTORS . Auction proceeds will benefit SAWLF's mentoring and scholarship program for South Asian Women.

Distinguished Keynote Presentations by

Sara Mathew

Senior Vice President & Leader, Strategy, The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation

Zeyba Rahman

Chairperson, World Music Institute and Producing Partner, Jungli Billi Productions

Special Guest Speakers and Participants

Shalini Aggarwal, Associate, Investment Strategy Group, Goldman Sachs

Deepali Bagati, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Research, Catalyst

Preeta Bansal, Esq., Skadden Arps; Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom & Former Solicitor General for State of New York

Sarita Choudhury, Actor

Abha Dawesar, Author, babyji

Sabrina Dhawan, Screenwriter, Monsoon Wedding
Shandana Durrani
, Senior Editor, Cigar Aficionado

Meera Gandhi, Social Entrepreneur

Anita Gupta, Vice President, Public Affairs, Global Consumer Group, Citigroup

Ameena Meer, Author & Creative Director

Nell Merlino, Co-Founder and CEO, Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence - Created and produced the immensely successful Take Our Daughters To Work Day

Roopa Purushothaman, Global Economist, Goldman Sachs 

Shoba Purushothaman, CEO & Co-Founder, The NewsMarket – Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Honorable Mention (2004)

Purvi Shah, Executive Director, SAKHI for South Asian Women

Sonal Shah, Goldman Sachs & Founder, Indicorps - India Abroad Person of the Year (2003)

Seema Singh, Esq., Ratepayer Advocate, State of New Jersey

Meeta Vyas, the first South Asian woman to become CEO of a publicly traded company, (Signature Brands) and first South Asian at General Electric to head a $1 billion business (GE Appliances' Cooking Products)



Sara Mathew with Neelam Sharma; Devika Kamboh; Simi Ahuja; and Meeta Vyas at Congress 2005 luncheon.

Congress 2005 attendees view the event's thirty distinct silent auction items. Silent auction proceeds benefit SAWLF's scholarship and mentoring program for South Asian women.


Congress 2005 Executive Committee Members with Speaker Anita Gupta of Citigroup
(Photography Jay Manda/On Assignment)
Abha Dawesar, Sarita Choudhary and Sabrina Dhawan at the Congress 2005 luncheon.

The comedienne Vijai Nathan engaged Congress 2005 attendees with an interactive presentation that drew upon her experience as a first-generation South Asian woman in the U.S.
(Photography Jay Manda/On Assignment)

SAWLF Congress 2005 is made possible by the generous support of 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Kamboh Financial Planning

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