SAWLF began in  with an informal gathering of South Asian women in Manhattan. It was soon after, we initiated our first official event at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP with the author & creative director Ameena Meer (February 2003). SAWLF initiated our Women Leaders Series in July (2003) with Nell Merlino, the founder of Take Our Daughters to Work Day. SAWLF has since continued the series with Kiran Bedi, Civilian Police Advisor in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations and the 1st and highest ranking woman in the Indian Police Service and Jyoti Thottam, Business Reporter for TIME Magazine among others.

SAWLF participants are public and private sector professionals that number over 4,000 across the U.S.  Through a combination of events, mentoring, and education, SAWLF serves as a platform for professional women to meet and assist one another with individual, professional and business objectives and, ultimately, leave an established network for the women that follow us to utilize and build upon.

Through the annual Congress. SAWLF is committed to providing South Asian women a forum in which to interact and learn from successful leaders. The visibility of prominent individuals who are willing to share their personal experiences of challenge and achievement is critical to the success of this program. We expect at least 400 women to attend our Congress and anticipate receiving wide press coverage of the event.

SAWLF’s success can be contributed to its many volunteers and speakers. They devote their time, and, in the true spirit of our organization, share their network and resources in order to support our monthly events and programs. Since its inception, SAWLF has hosted or collaborated in over one hundred distinct programs in New York, Chicago and Washington DC. While SAWLF events have been limited to the U.S, we soon plan to host programs in South Asia.


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