American Bazaar Women Entrepreneurs Forum and Leaders Gala

The inaugural American Bazaar Women Entrepreneurs Forum will be held at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD, on November 16, 2018. Dozens of prominent women entrepreneurs from across the country, executives of Fortune 500 companies, political and thought leaders, and leaders from the nonprofit world are expected to attend the event. The Forum will be followed by a Women Leaders’ Gala, which will celebrate entrepreneurs and leaders from the Indian American community who have blazed trails.


Exceptional women leaders who have made an enduring mark in different fields, including business, policy and politics, arts and culture, philanthropy and academia, will be recognized at the Gala. The Forum and Gala will provide delegates an opportunity to meet and interact with, and listen to a number of highly influential Indian American women leaders, who are having real impacts every day: by creating jobs, crafting policies and making a difference in the lives of people.


Here is a list of speakers:

JAGRUTI PANWALA, Vice Chairwoman, AAHOA, Bensalem, PA

DR. MAHINDER TAK, Political fundraiser, Bethesda, MD

MANISHA GAEKWAD, Co-founder and CFO, NDS USA, Ocala, FL

DR. MADHULIKA GUHATHAKURTA, Astrophysicist, NASA, Moffett Field, CA

ARUNA MILLER, Maryland State Delegate

SHEELA MURTHY, Founder, Murthy Law Firm, Owings Mills, MD

ANJALI ANN RAMAKUMARAN, Founder and CEO, Ampcus, Inc, Chantilly, VA

PALLABI SABOO, CEO, Harmonia Holdings, Blacksburg, VA

DR. SMITA SIDDHANTI, President & CEO, EnDyna, McLean, VA

PERSIS KHAMBATTA, Managing Director, South Asia, BowerGroupAsia, Washington, DC

ARSHI SIDDIQUI, Partner, Akin Gump, Washington, DC

RINA SHAH, Managing Director, Red Fort Strategies, Washington, DC

TANVI MADAN, Director, India Project, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

PROF. RITU KHANDURI, cultural anthropologist, & historian, University of Texas, Arlington, TX

JUHI NAITHANI, International Business Development Manager, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA)

LATA SHARMA, CEO, myKlosets LLC & ImSafe Now, Atlanta, GA


SESSION 1: 3 pm to 6 pm

  • Mentoring session
  • Panel 1/Workshop: Developing your business: from preparing business plans to raising money and building teams

NETWORKING HOUR: 6 pm to 7 pm

SESSION 2 (GALA): 7 pm to 10 pm

  • 7 pm to 9:30 pm: Gala
    • Panel 2: Women in politics and policy
    • Fireside chat: Jagruti Panwala, Vice Chairwoman, AAHOA
    • Panel 3: Women in business: success stories
    • Honorees
    • Dinner
    • Entertainment

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