Chandrika Tandon to deliver keynote at TiE DC’s ‘Women Who Inspire’

The event will feature a number of celebrated women entrepreneurs.

Prominent Indian American entrepreneur, philanthropist and Grammy-nominated artist Chandrika Tandon will deliver the closing keynote at the virtual global event “Women Who Inspire,” hosted by the Washington, DC, chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE DC) on August 6.

The event, which will take place via Zoom on from 12 pm to 2 p.m. Thursday, brings together several women leaders, who serve in powerful positions such as CEOs, presidents and board members.

“Women Who Inspire” will “celebrate the incredible journey of successful women leaders in the community” and “will include panel discussions celebrating ‘stories by, for, and about’ women leaders,” TiE DC said.

Joining Tandon as a keynote speaker is Kay Koplovitz, a prominent television pioneer and Founder of the now-NBC owned USA Network.

The event will have a panel discussion, featuring prominent executives such as Bobby Kilberg, President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC); Molly Shea, Chief of the Acquisition Division at the U.S. Census Bureau; Ann Ramakumaran, Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc, a technology company based in Chantilly, VA; and Kathryn Freeland, CEO of A-TEK, Inc, a consulting services company.

WHAT: “Women Who Inspire”
WHEN: from 12 pm to 2 pm, August 6, 2020

Mentoring sessions will be led by top business leaders such as Liz Sara, Chairperson of the National Women’s Business Council;  Karen Smaw, Director of Fairfax County Economic Development Authority; Raji Bezwada, Founder and CEO of JCS Solutions LLC; Mali Phonpadith, CEO of the SOAR Community Network and Cofounder of the SOAR Community Nebula.

These and other women leaders will discuss how they were able to break the glass ceiling and achieve the success they did, in an effort to inspire and empower more women to follow in their footsteps.

Born and raised in Chennai, India, Tandon made history when she became the first Indian American woman to be an elected partner at McKinsey and Company. She later established Tandon Capital Associates, a financial advisory firm. In 2015, she and her husband donated $100 million to the NYU School of Engineering, now named the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

An exceptional musician as well, Tandon has released four albums, one of them receiving a Grammy nomination.

Koplovitz, the first woman to head a TV network, founded USA Network in 1977. In 1998, it was sold for $4.5 billion. She is also a well-known author, with titles such as Bold Women, Big Ideas: Learning to Play the High-Risk Entrepreneurial Game and Been There, Run That.

TiE DC, one of the largest chapters in the country, is focused on supporting the growth and stability of entrepreneurship in the Washington, DC, area, creating wealth for entrepreneurs and their communities.

“The Women Who Inspire” event is part of a worldwide initiative by TiE and the U.S. Department of State to support women entrepreneurs, focusing on encouraging, supporting, and mentoring women entrepreneurs through all stages, from start-up to commercial success.

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