The Congress 2008 event agenda is in formation. Additional speakers and information will be announced.
9:30 AM
Registration and Name Badge Pick-up
Continental Breakfast
10:00 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks Durga Mallampalli, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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

Opening Keynote Presentation

This session will examine the precedent for women in leadership roles by comparing and contrasting the US and South Asia. Speakers will also address the rapid global transition, that has already begun, as women around the world work for multi-national organizations; manage cross-border transactions and teams; and impact global policy.

Shahla Aly, General Manager of Corporate and Business Groups Solutions Delivery, Microsoft IT (Traveling from Washington)

Sharda Cherwoo, Partner, Ernst & Young

Aru Kulkarni
Most recently the Chief Customer Officer of the Partnered Brands division responsible for Liz Claiborne, Claiborne, Monet, Licensing and International Alliances

Ms. Punita Kumar-Sinha, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group (Traveling from Boston)

Moderator Dr. Mira Kamdar, Author Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World, and Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society

11:30 AM Presentation: Inside Today's Global Fashion Industry Roopal Patel, Senior Women's Fashion Director
Bergdorf Goodman
  Panel Presentation: Women Initiating Change in the Public and Private Sectors Sayu Bhojwani, Consultant, Carnegie Corporation
Farzana Haque, Head, Retail & CPG Group, TCS
Kalpana Raina, Managing Partner, 252 Solutions LLC., Formerly Executive Vice President, The Bank of New York
Mallika Dutt, Founder and Executive Director,
12:30 PM Congress 2008 Distinguished Keynote Presentation and Luncheon Filmmaker Mira Nair
2:45 PM Panel Presentation: Women in Media Sonia Nikore, Former Casting Executive, NBC Entertainment
Shafi Saxena, Global Brand Vice President, Dove Skin
  Panel Presentation: Empowering Women through
Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women’s World Banking and Sarita Gupta, Director, Development, Women's World Banking with Sheila Hooda, Senior Managing Director & Head of Strategy and Business Development, TIAA-CREF
4:00 - 4:30 PM Afternoon Networking Break  
4:45 PM VERTICAL SAWLF Interactive Sessions
  The Congress 2008 Wellness Lounge

A woman’s health and well-being is comprised of many needs and involves her complete environment. Join SAWLF and Dr. Ami Shah Nagarajan, in the Wellness Lounge, for an intimate conversation about recognizing and preventing medical conditions common to South Asian women including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, breast/cervical cancer, STDs, and mental health.

Presentation: Hiding Divya - A look at the taboo associated with mental illness within the South Asian Community. Featuring Dr. Ami Shah in conversation with actress Ms. Madhur Jaffrey and film director Ms. Rehana Mirza.

  Women in Finance Romita Shetty, Managing Director, Lehman Brothers in conversation with Shibani Joshi, Reporter, Fox Business Network
  Women in Business: A Focus on Entrepreneurship Selina Tobaccowala, Co-Founder, Evite & SVP, European Technology, Ticketmaster (Traveling from London) in conversation with Joya Dass, Businessweek/WABC-TV
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Closing Musings

The Congress 2008 Closing Reception to follow
A conversation with Padma Lakshmi, Host, Top Chef
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