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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.


Nell Merlino is Co-founder and CEO of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence (www.count-me-in.org). She is also the founder and President of Strategy Communication Action, Ltd. in New York City, a firm specializing in the creation of public education campaigns that motivate people to act.

Nell created and produced the immensely successful Take Our Daughters To Work Day for the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993. Stories about girls and their self-esteem appeared on the front page of major and minor newspapers across the country and every television news program. Take Our Daughters to Work Day is now an annual event in the United States and occurs in dozens of countries worldwide.

Merlino has extensive experience in the development and production of dynamic and highly effective national and international efforts including Take Our Daughters to Work Day, NGO Forum on Women in Beijing '95, Earth Day's 20th Anniversary, Picture What Women Do for Lifetime Television, and the YWCA Week Without Violence.
Prior to founding SCA, Nell Merlino worked in two state governments, was an advance woman in presidential politics, a union organizer and a Fulbright Scholar.

After graduating from Antioch College in 1973, Nell went to work in the labor movement. She organized health care workers for District 1199, National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees and textile workers for the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union.

In 1977, Nell received a Fulbright Scholarship to study labor relations in the National Health Service in England. Nell Merlino spent the next ten years working in two state governments and in presidential politics. As a member of the five-person management team that ran the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Nell helped direct an organization with a $2 billion budget, 22,000 employees and service delivery to over 1 million state residents.

Nell played an active role in the strategic planning and management of State University Medical School & Hospital in Brooklyn as chief of staff to the institution's president. Nell worked in the Scheduling and Advance offices of two presidential campaigns. Creating and producing hundreds of campaign events with advance teams around the country.

In 1989, Nell Merlino started her own business working with clients to develop and implement strategic communication plans. For her work on behalf of women, girls and families, she is recognized in the book, Remarkable Women of the Twentieth Century 100 Portraits of Achievement and was named one of "50 New Yorkers to Watch in 1999" by the New York Daily News. Nell was named Woman of the Year by New Woman magazine in 1993 and awarded the l994 Fulbright Award for Outstanding Achievement.


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