Panel Presentation The South Asian Woman: How Does She Defy the Boundaries?

This session featured South Asian woman who are shaping and influencing the media industry including film, advertising, print, Internet and fiction.

Panelists debated and discussed how women are portrayed in the mainstream media and how - through their experience as media influencers - they reconcile their personal interests for representation within the current limitations and opportunities of the current marketplace.  Panelists also shared observations on the visibility of South Asian women in present-day media as well as the challenges that lie ahead.

Sarita Choudhury, Actor
Abha Dawesar, Author
Sabrina Dhawan, Screenwriter
Ameena Meer, Author and Creative Director
Moderator, Shandana Durrani, Senior Editor, Cigar Aficionado

Panel Presentation Getting, Keeping and Wielding Power 

Introduction: “A Lesson in History” by Nell Merlino 

Dr. Deepali Bagati, a senior associate in research at Catalyst, moderated an engaging discussion that highlighted winning business strategies and practices as well individual experience of challenge and achievement.

Preeta Bansal, Esq., Partner, Skadden Arps
Anita Gupta, Director of Communications, Citigroup Global Risk and Global Compliance
Nell Merlino, CEO & Co-Founder, Count-Me-In for Women’s Economic Independence; Founder, Take Our Daughters to Work Day
Meeta Vyas,  the first South Asian woman to become CEO of a publicly traded company, Signature Brands 


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