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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.


Share the Experience!

At SAWLF, we recognize that our members are passionate about “the experience.” Whether you have an event idea, want to host a program, or just share your feedback, you can rest assured that SAWLF is committed to meeting the needs of our members. To get involved today, contact: sharetheexperience@southasianwomen.org - we want to know what’s on your mind!

South Asian Women's Leadership Forum Executive Committee

Fatema Basrai, Director, Marketing & Public Relations

Komal Dhall, Director

Devika Kamboh

Preeti Priya, Esq., Director for External Affairs

Lata Setty, Esq.

Neelam Sharma

Judy Vincent

Special Programs Committee

Anisha Bhargava, Financial Operations/Strategy, Warner Music Group

Rupa Bhargava, Associate, Real Estate and Acquisitions, Enterprise Asset Management

Anna Chanmugathas, AABS - Financial Services Office, Ernst & Young, LLP

Shivika Chauhan, CIB HR Accounting & Control, Citigroup

Juhi Chawla MD

Nalini Dhar, Financial Executive, Citicorp Investment Services, Citigroup

Shailja Dixit MD, Associate Medical Director International, Pfizer

Farah Homsi, Esq., Poe & Freireich PA

Sonia Inamdar, Esq., Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Ritu Malik, Esq., VP Business Development, Yorkson Legal

Sabeena Mian, Manager, Strategic Planning and Development, HIP Health Plans

Sarika Sidhu, Sales Strategy Group (SSG), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP,

Systems & Technology

Rahul Deshmukh, Webmaster


Jasmin Thankachen, Editor

SAWLF Verticals Program

The foundation and continuum of SAWLF has its roots in education, and mentoring. In Spring 2005, SAWLF will introduce a new program designed to provide SAWLF members with access to inspiring, experienced professionals in a comfortable, informal group setting

Kaumudi Goda, Esq., Director, Law & Public Policy

Farah Homsi, Esq. Director, Law & Public Policy

Ritu Malik, Esq., Director, Law & Public Policy

Alpa Sanghvi, Esq., Director, Law & Public Policy

Chitra Nawbatt, Deutsche Bank

SAWLF Internships

The SAWLF Intern will support the activities of a small, fast-paced organization. This is a non-paid, credit-earning position that gives high school and college students valuable work experience assisting a national non-profit association. Interns will have opportunities to sharpen their skills in such areas as: marketing, public relations, communications, writing, and research. For further information, please send your resume and cover letter to SAWLF at: internship@southasianwomen.org

SAWLF Interns (2004 - 2005)

Pooja Bhatnagar, New York, NY

Priyanka Chugh, New York, NY

Divya Guleria, New York, NY

Sumoha Jani, San Jose, CA

Radhika Verma, New York, NY


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