"don't call me auntieTM" t-shirt today! Proceeds benefit SAWLF's scholarship for South Asian women. $15. To order, please e-mail:
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
Second Annual Congress 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
10:00 AM to 7:30 PM
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.
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:
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.
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.
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,
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
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
at the Working Mother Best Companies for
Women of Color Multicultural Conference, July 20-21, 2004 in New York
Ayla Hussain Farnos, Co-founder and Former
CEO, SUNDARI Skincare
Farnos is the co-founder and former CEO of SUNDARI Skincare, a
collection of facial and body products currently sold in the US,
Europe and Asia through luxury specialty stores, exclusive spas
and online. After having launched SUNDARI in 1999 with her partners
and expanded the brand globally, Ms. Farnos implemented a restructuring
plan that resulted in sale of company to a major Indian consumer
goods company in February 2003. She and her partners have received
several awards for the creation of the successful SUNDARI brand,
including being a 2001 recipient of the Women's Venture Fund's
Award, 2001 Fashion Group International Rising Star Award and
2002 Lux Style Award for Best Emerging Talent.
to launching SUNDARI, Ms. Farnos had experience in both mass and
luxury consumer brands having worked at Revlon and Cartier International.
She also worked in investment banking for 3 years at Morgan Stanley.
Ms. Farnos has a B.S.F.S from Georgetown University and an MBA
from Harvard Business School.
Fancy, Executive Director,
Arts of the Islamic World
Fancy did her graduate work in Comparative Literature
at the University of Chicago where she concentrated on the influence
of Islamic and Indian aesthetics on modern European arts. In the
last six years, she has applied this knowledge to develop a career
in building and marketing young arts institutions that educate
a wide public through the arts. From early 2001 through late 2002,
Ms. Fancy ran the IndoCenter of Art & Culture. She was responsible
for developing & implementing exhibitions, public programs,
educational programs and directing institutional fund-raising,
strategic development & marketing/PR. She has since consulted
for a variety of organizations developing cultural programming
and exhibitions in the areas of South Asian, Middle Eastern and
Islamic arts. She has also curated exhibitions of contemporary
Pakistani art in New York, advised on several major exhibitions
of South Asian art, and writes and speaks as a freelance cultural
critic and South Asian art expert.
Cataloguer, Indian and Southeast Asian Art, New York
Ghosh-Mazumdar joined Sotheby’s in October 2003. Based in New
York, she catalogues and manages all aspects of Sotheby’s sales
of Indian and Southeast Asian Art. Prior to joining Sotheby’s,
Ms. Ghosh-Mazumdar worked at The Asia Society in New York. In
2001, she completed her masters in Museum Studies from the Fashion
Institute of Technology in New York and also holds a masters degree
in Ancient Indian Art History & Archaeology from the University
Jain, Writer and Journalist
Jain was born in New Delhi and grew up in the U.S., mostly in
northern California. She received a bachelor's degree from Harvard
University. She's worked and lived as a journalist in Mexico City,
New Delhi, Singapore, London, Madrid, and New York City. She currently
lives in New Delhi where she works for the Financial Times and
is writing a book.
Kalola, Esq., Director, Senior Counsel and
Assistant Corporate Secretary at Merrill Lynch & Co.
Kalola is a Director, Senior Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary
at Merrill Lynch & Co. She has been with Merrill Lynch for 5 years
in the Corporate Law group. She is responsible for execution and
deal management of Merrill Lynch’s international and domestic
proprietary acquisitions and divestitures across business areas
(e.g., Global Markets & Investment Banking and Global Private
Client), including participation in strategy, structuring and
negotiations. She is also the lead attorney on structuring and
negotiating domestic and international joint ventures and strategic
alliances, for example in Japan, China, India, Thailand and the
MBNA credit card alliance.
few of the transactions, Bina has most recently worked on are:
- Merrill Lynch's Japan joint venture with Mitsubishi Tokyo
Financial Group to provide wealth management and banking services
to high net worth clients.
- Merrill Lynch's China joint venture with Huann Securities
to provide investment banking and global markets services to
- Several mid-cap acquisitions in the retirement, mortgage origination
and servicing space.
addition, her responsibilities in the past have included matters
related to the Audit Committee and Finance Committee of the Board
of Directors, including working with Corporate Audit on auditor
independence oversight, analysis of rules and authoring policies
and procedures related to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
was one of three attorneys globally selected to participate in
the 2004 Global Management Development Program and was also selected
to participate in the Management 2005 Laureate Program.
to going in-house at Merrill Lynch, Bina joined a start-up company
called NetProphets. The company incubated proprietary and client
business plans in Australia and India. She was involved in all
aspects of start-up business development, including capital raising,
structuring and developing business strategy.
to NetProphets, Bina practiced Corporate Law at Fried, Frank,
Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. She graduated from Georgetown University
Law Center in 1997 and Barnard College, Columbia University, in
run on Wall Street began after college as a financial analyst
at Salomon Brothers. After 3 years on Wall Street she decided
to pursue her law degree.
Krishnan, Co-Anchor, WB11 Morning News
Krishnan actually joined the Emmy award winning WB11 Morning News
in August 2001 as news reporter, then in 2003 she left to start
the show Home Delivery. Now she's back home.
Before joining the WB11 news team, Krishnan worked at WCBS in
New York. Prior to that, Krishnan anchored and reported the morning
news for a CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In 1995,
she worked at WUTR-TV, an ABC affiliate in Utica, New York as
an anchor, reporter and producer for its 6:00 and 11:00 pm weekday
Krishnan, started in TV news at WLIG Channel 55 (now WLNY) in
Long Island, New York. During her year at Channel 55, Krishnan
did a variety of jobs from shooting, writing, and editing news
stories behind the camera to reporting on the air in front of
the camera. It was during her internship at Channel 55 that Krishnan
first began her pursuit of a career in broadcasting.
Krishnan has won numerous community service awards, as well as
many others from Indian American organizations for representing
South Asians in the media.
and Head of Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, Christie's
Mehta was appointed as Specialist and Head of Modern and Contemporary
Indian Art at Christie's in June (2005). She previously worked
as a specialist in Christie's New York department of Indian and
Southeast Asian Art which she helped to form in 1998.
Prior to joining Christie's, she worked in the Trusts and Estates
department at Sotheby's. In 1996, she served as the Assistant
Director for the New York State Independent College Consortium
for Semester Study in India, comprising students from Bard, Hobart
and William Smith, Vassar, Hartwick, Skidmore Colleges, and St.
Nicole Robinson, Esq., Assistant General Counsel (Labor
and Employment), CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
to joining CBS, Ms. Robinson worked at two New York City law firms,
Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Epstein, Becker and Green, P.C., where she
represented management in labor and employment matters.
Robinson is the founder and CEO of Corporate Counsel Women, a
non profit organization of over 1000 women attorneys of color
who work for Fortune 1000 and Forbes 2000 legal departments. She
also is the founder of the tenants' association in the building
where she resides and a legal ministry at her church in Manhattan.
Ms. Robinson was appointed by Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia
Fields to serve as a political appointee on Community Board 10
(Harlem) from 1999-2000, and currently serves on the Alumni Board
of Directors for Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington.
She has received awards and accolades for her promotion of diversity
in the legal profession, including being a May, 2005 recipient
of the Women's Venture Fund's Highest Leaf Award.
Patel, Editor, Newsweek International
Patel is an editor at Newsweek International writing
on arts, culture and India-related topics. She was a special consultant
on the magazine's commemorative issue on the 50th anniversary
of Indian independence. She generated the cover story on Deepak
Chopra and was a special correspondent for the cover story on
Mother Teresa's death. Ms. Patel has produced and co-anchored
the weekly radio show, Newsweek On Air, and was Letters Editor
and Contributing Correspondent for Newsweek on Campus.
A columnist for Earth Times, a newspaper with a large United Nations
readership, she wrote My World, a column that offered
a professional woman's perspective on life in New York. Over the
years, Ms. Patel has reported extensively on the arts, from the
United States, for The Times of India, Outlook, India Today and
The Sunday Observer and, she covered Indira Gandhi's 1982 visit
to the United States for India Today's cover story. In the course
of her work for these magazines and for Newsweek, she has won
exclusive interviews with numerous cultural icons--among them,
Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen and conductor Zubin Mehta.
In 1998, Ms. Patel was invited to write the text for “Mrs.
Kennedy Goes Abroad”, a book on the collection of French
paintings on First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's legendary visits
to India, Pakistan, and Europe. She teaches Contemporary Indian
Fiction at the New School University in New York.
Saikia-Eapen, Chief Architect, MTA
New York City Transit
NYC Transit, Ms. Saikia-Eapen leads a team of in-house architects
and oversees the design effort by both in- house and consulting
architects. She joined the MTA New York City Transit in May 2003,
taking charge of the Architecture discipline that designs, oversees
and impacts all of New York City Transit’s structures including
NYCT’s lower Manhattan redevelopment the newest subway line, the
eight mile long Second Avenue Subway along the east side of Manhattan.
Ms. Saikia-Eapen has been a part of the New York City design and
construction industry for the past 20 years. She has worked on
architectural design, project development, program management
& construction management of public facilities from both public
and private sectors. Ms. Saikia-Eapen is a New York State licensed
architect, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from M. S.
University in India and a Master of Public Administration majoring
in Management from New York University in New York.
Prior to her appointment to NYC Transit, she was a Program and
Construction Manager, positioned as a Senior Associate with a
private sector Design and Construction Management Company in New
York, managing its high profile public sector programs. Her extensive
public sector career includes her tenure at New York City’s Department
of Design and Construction as Program Manager and at New York
City’s Department of Environmental Protection as architectural
Ms. Saikia-Eapen is the current President of Construction Management
Association of America NY/NJ Chapter, a position she has held
for two years bringing construction management excellence in the
Metro New York New Jersey area to the forefront of its design
and construction industry. Working with the CMAA International
Task Force, she has been promoting international affiliation efforts
in various countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Korea and India
in the past few years. Ms. Saikia-Eapen is also an active member
of the American Institute of Architects. On the educational front,
Ms. Saikia-Eapen is a long standing mentor for the NYC ACE Mentor
Program, NYU Alumni Career Advisement Program and is advisor at
the Architectural Foundation at the American Institute of Architects.
Ms. Saikia-Eapen is a frequently invited speaker at the American
Institute of Architects NY forum on Architecture, Transportation
Design, Lower Manhattan Redevelopment and transit related Post
9/11 Projects, New York Building Congress and various design and
construction forums. Most recently, she was the Dean’s Distinguished
Lecture Series Speaker at the University of Notre Dame; Keynote
Speaker at the Society of Women Engineers- Regional Conference,
South Bend, Indiana; Guest Speaker at New York University Construction
Management Masters Program; Interviewed by the Tech Club/National
Science Foundation for as one of 54 women nationwide in science
and technology and Special Guest Speaker at the 4th International
Construction Project Management Union Conference in Seoul, Korea.