Women in Media included panelists Sabrina Dhawan, Screenwriter, Monsoon Wedding; Beena Kamlani, Senior Editor, Penguin Group; Madhulika Sikka, Former Senior Producer, Nightline/ABC News; Padma Lakshmi, Founder, Lakshmi Films; and moderator Puja Vohra, Director, Consumer Marketing, Bravo






9:30 AM

Continental Breakfast


10:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Simi Ahuja, Founder, South Asian Women’s Leadership Forum (SAWLF)

10:15 AM

Opening Keynote Presentation

Vani Kola Founder, Certus Software and Rightworks in conversation with Lakshmi Pratury, Career Catalyst

11:30 AM

Panel Presentation Women Initiating Change

Opening Remarks by Vanita Gupta, Esq., NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Irshad Manji, Best-selling Author, The Trouble with Islam Today: A Wake-Up Call for Honesty and Change
Fawzia Naqvi, Microfinance Specialist
Shamina Singh, Director and Vice President, Community Relations, Global Consumer Group, Citigroup
     Moderator Sonal Shah, Vice President, Goldman Sachs and Founder, Indicorps


Panel Presentation India: Opportunities in Today's Marketplace

Consul General Neelam Deo in conversation with Lata Setty, Esq, Pangea3 LLC

12:30 PM

Congress 2006 Distinguished Keynote Presentation and Luncheon

Indra Nooyi, President & CFO, PepsiCo, Inc.and        Meena Mansharamani, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Insights, Pepsi-Cola North America in conversation with Simi Ahuja

2:30 PM

Panel Presentation Women in Media

Panelists                                                            Sabrina Dhawan, Screenwriter, Monsoon Wedding
Beena Kamlani, Senior Editor, Penguin Group
Padma Lakshmi, Founder, Lakshmi Films
Madhulika Sikka, Former Senior Producer, Nightline/ABC News
Moderator Puja Vohra, Director, Consumer Marketing, Bravo

3:45 – 4:15 PM

Afternoon Networking Break


4:15 PM

VERTICAL SAWLF Interactive Sessions



Women in Law and Public Policy

Panelists                                                              Prabha Sipi Bhandari, Esq., VP Senior Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions, Viacom, Inc.
Megha Bhouraskar, Esq., Partner, Poppe and Bhouraskar LLP
                                                   Moderator Farah Homsi, Esq.


Women in Finance

Panelists                                                               Neetu Bhatia, Vice President, BMO Financial Group's Media & Communications Investment Banking Group
Sheila Hooda, Managing Director, Global Equities Division, Credit Suisse
Shanthi Weeransinghe, Agency Sales Director, North Shore Financial Group, MetLife
                         Moderator Chitra Nawbatt, Deutsche Bank


Women in Business

Shoba Purushothaman, President, CEO & Co-Founder,The NewsMarket, Inc. with Simi Ahuja

5:30 – 7:30 PM

The Congress 2006 Reception

Musings by Comedienne Shazia Mirza


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