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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.



On Tuesday, April 27, 2004, SAWLF’s Women Leaders Series is proud to present Shivam Mallick Shah, Senior Program Officer in the Education division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In her current role, Shivam focuses on education investments and grantmaking activities in New York and the northeast. To date, the Gates Foundation has granted more than $250 million towards education efforts - primarily focused on (1) building quality, small, high schools so more students can realize their potential and graduate with the skills they need to succeed in life and college, and (2) increasing access to college by creating "early college" programs and providing millions in scholarship funds to students nationwide.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Shivam was an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she launched the east coast office of the nation’s only venture philanthropy fund focused solely on transforming K-12 public education. At NewSchools, she worked primarily with organizations that manage charter schools and are creating human capital solutions for public schools. In addition to leading diligence and providing management assistance to ventures, Shivam also worked directly with Chancellor Klein of the New York City public schools to shape and implement his comprehensive reform effort, Children First.

Prior to joining NewSchools, Shivam worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York, directly advising CEOs and other senior executives of Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy, business development, organizational design, and operational effectiveness. In addition to serving clients in the financial services and retail sectors, she worked with multiple nonprofit clients, including Chancellor Harold Levy and the New York City public schools where she led efforts to dramatically overhaul and redesign their approach to teacher recruitment and to restructure their central Human Resources organization. Shivam also worked in the consulting division of Edison Schools, where she focused both on internal corporate strategy projects and on developing the company’s teacher and principal recruitment and retention consulting efforts for the School District of Philadelphia.

Shivam’s previous experience includes having worked as an investment banking analyst at Bear Stearns & Company, an intern in the White House, a policy aide to Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, and a corporate strategy fellow at The Community Builders. In 1995, she co-founded Project IMPACT for South Asian Americans — a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the civic awareness, social responsibility, and community leadership of South Asian Americans.

Shivam received a bachelor's degree in Economics and Government from Georgetown University, studied at the London School of Economics, and earned a master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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