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WOMEN’S FORUM – Leadership at the Workplace, at Home and Society
We are all familiar with the saying that behind every successful man there is a woman. Women are the backbone of many of the programs which are planned for WKC 2006, and have provided great leadership from the outset in preparing for the event. However, the Women’s Forum is planned as a unique freestanding activity, and will feature discussion groups, speeches and presentations of interest particularly, but not exclusively, to women. All are welcome to attend the sessions.
Women's Forum is proud to bring you a wide array of fascinating art workshop presentations. Besides, there will be special attractions for children such as face painting and cartoon/costumes. A draw for a lovely pure silk saree is sure to evoke much interest.
Speaker Sessions and Panel Discussions
Inaugural Speaker: Attorney Sheela Murthy Esq.
Topic: Secrets of a Successful CEO
Date and Time: Sept 2nd 10:00 A.M
Attorney Sheela Murthy is the Founder, the President, and the Managing Attorney of the Murthy Law Firm, located in Baltimore County, Maryland. Ms. Sheela Murthy has a Masters Degree in Law (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School in Cambridge,Massachusetts, USA. She is on the Board of Trustees and co-chairs the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF)'. Ms. Murthy was listed as one of the "40 Under 40 Emerging Business Leaders" in July 2001 by Baltimore Magazine and one of the Top 25 Lawyers in Baltimore-Washington by the Baltimore Business Journal in 1999. In 2006, the Murthy Law Firm was recognized as one of the world's leading U.S. immigration law firms by Chambers Global.She has been on the Board of Governors of the Harvard Club of Maryland(2001-2002). She has been on the Board of Directors of several other professional and civic organizations, including the Executive Women's Network. She is also a serving co-chair of United way women's initiatives of Maryland. visit her web site at www.murthy.com
Motivational Speaker: Ms.Jayanthi Rao
Topic: Importance of Participation in American Politics
Ms.Jayanthi Rao was the Republican Nominee for Secretary of State, North Carolina – 2004. Jay’s work history encompasses almost 2 decades of service in the political, business and non-profit sectors. Jay has worked in the political arena at the federal, state and local levels. On the national level, she has worked for Jim Miller, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget and a member of President Reagan’s cabinet in Washington, DC. Furthermore, Jay worked for Washington think tanks including Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Both think tanks promote regulatory relief, lower taxes, and a free market approach to business. Her endorsements are coming from a very big list of supporters including Congressmen Richard Burr, Walter Jones, Howard Coble, Robin Hayes, Cass Ballenger, Charles Taylor. These are just to name a few. She sees herself as a bridge between the political world and the private sector since she has gained a wide range of experience in both the worlds. Visit her web site at www.jayrao.com
Speaker: Dr.Prema Ganganna
Topic: Steps To Nutrition
Dr.Prema Ganganna has her Ph.D in Nutrition from Howard University, Washington DC and she is currently the Professor and Director of dietetics program at the University of the District of Columbia. She has been appointed as the member of DC Board of Dietetics and a member of Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition by DC Mayor Anthony Williams. She is also appointed as the member of the Blue Ribbon Panel to review nutrition programs in the District of Columbia. She is the Author of Supplemental Exchange book published by the American Dietetic and Diabetic Association. Dr.Ganganna is the Nutrition consultant to the Research Infrastructure for Minority Institutions (RIMI) grant funded by NIH for 4.3 million from 2005-2009.She was the invited team leader to discuss the nutrition policy issues at Oxford University in April 2006. Visit her website at Dr.Ganganna
Ms.Poornima Jairaj
Topic: Parents School Partnership: How to help children succeed in School
Ms.Poornima Jairaj"Poornima Jairaj, Executive Trustee, Amber Valley residential School, made a paradigm shift from the business sector to the social sector in 2003 after being actively involved for many years in the sourcing of entrepreneurial talent in the technology area. From helping to create software companies and mentoring their growth as a VC partner and Director on Company Boards, in the last few years she conceptualised and created an institution of learning. The institution, Amber Valley Residential School, Chickmagalur, is now 2 years old and is well on its way to becoming a high quality residential school in India. She has been the Chairperson for the Basava Residential School for Girls, Bangalore, and supported the creation of the SVGH Vocational College, an institution which provides free vocational education for underprivileged rural youth."
Ms.Geetha Rama Murthy
Topic: How South Asian Women Manage It All
Ms.Geetha Rama Murthy is the Executive Director of Operations of TIE, Boston. She has a Bachelors degree in Biology from the Bangalore University and a Medical Technology degree from the Northeastern University in Boston. Prior to joining TIE She was senior Medical Technologist at the Children's Hospital, Boston. She founded G. Ram, a financial, accounting and Tax services company in 1994. She was instrumental in changing G. Ram from a single service startup to a multi service company serving a range of small businesses and individuals. She also serves on the board of two non-profit organizations and as advisor to several startup companies.
Dr.Anjana Ram
Topic: Empty Nest Syndrome
Dr.Anjana Ram is a Gold Medalist and has her M.D from Mysore Medical College from Mysore Unviersity. She completed her Residency in Family practice at Cleveland Ohio. She practiced Family Medicine for several years at Lynchburg, Virginia and She was the Medical Director at Guggenheimer Hospital Lynchburg, Virginia. She moved to Florida after her retirement.
Ms.Sudha Dev
Topic: Women in Leadership Roles in the Corporate World
Ms.Sudha Dev is a Project and Business Development Executive with IBM. She has Global Responsibilities with focus on Europe and Asia Pacific. Her role includes helping close business, strongly influencing global resourcing while ensuring global delivery. Ms. Dev’s recent achievements include setting up the Siebel Technology Center and the Global Delivery Center for IBM in Bangalore India. These centers over the last few years were noted as one of a kind models that IBM has successfully expanded to other areas. Sudha has supported various not for profit organizations and mentors a number of people both in the US and India. She is multilingual, travels extensively, and has been recognized for strong leadership for which she has received many awards.
Dr.Jaya Naraindas
Topic: Emerging Perspectives: Deconstructing Impact of Science and Technology on Society and Culture
Jaya Naraindas, Ph.D., a biomedical scientist, is a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. MD. She earned a doctoral degree in Human Genetics at the University of Madras, India. Subsequently, she served as Research Scientist at the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, Universities of Minnesota, Yale, and Maryland Schools of Medicine, USA. Currently, she is a professional consultant in knowledge and technology transfer. She serves as a scientific advisor to small business and other organizations. She has held leadership appointments in academia, industry and government. She served in her last appointment as Director of two US Federal Grant Programs, SBIR/STTR, in Biotechnology, DHHS-NIH. She served for many years as Director, Genetic Diagnostics Program, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, MD and Consultant Director, Genetic Operations, Smith Kline Beecham, PA. Nurtured and nourished for two decades in multifaceted, and dynamic work environments in both India and USA, she has strong appreciation on controversial issues in science and technology. She is interested in communicating science to society. Currently, she is capturing in writing emerging perspectives on the Impact of Science and Technology on Society and Culture.
Art WorkShop Presentations
Art WorkShop: Batik Art
Presented By: Smt.Nutan Dodbele
Art WorkShop: Mat Painting
Presented By: Smt.Chandra Kotrappa
Art WorkShop: Embroidery
Presented By: Smt.Susheelamma
Art WorkShop: Paper Art
Presented By: Smt.Kamala ShivaMurthy
Art WorkShop: Tanjavur Painting
Presented By: Smt.Raji Mohan
Art WorkShop: Cake_Decoration
Presented By:Smt.Nutan Dodbele
Art WorkShop: Vegetable Carving
Presented By:Smt.Indira Purushottam
Art WorkShop: Coconut Carving
Presented By:Smt.Shashikala Kulkarni
Beauty Parlor Activities
              Nail Painting
                  Hair Style
             Eye-Brow Shaping
Young Children's Activities (From Ages 0-6)

Face Painting

Costume Characters
Event Schedule
Speaking Events
Speaking Format
Total : 30 minutes
Speaking time: 15 minutes
Questions and Discussion : 10 minutes
Exit and Entry : 5 minutes
Speaking Sessions Location : Meeting Room Number 314 at BCC
Panel Discussions: Meeting Room Number
Date Time Speaker Topic
9/02/06 10:00 A.M. to 10:25 A.M Attorney Sheela Murthy Secrets of a Successful CEO
9/02/06 10:30 A.M. to 10:55 A.M Dr.Prema Ganganna Steps to Nutrition
9/02/06 11:00A.M. to 11:25 A.M Ms.Poornima Jairaj Parents School Partnership: How to help children succeed in school
9/02/06 11:30 A.M - 12:00P.M Ms.Geetha Ramamurthy How South Asian Women manage it all
9/02/06 12:20 P.M. to 2:00 P.M Lunch Break Lunch Break
9/02/06 2:00 P.M. to 2:25 P.M Dr.Anjana Ram Empty Nest Syndrome
9/02/06 2:30 P.M to 2:55 P.M. Ms.Sudha Dev Women in Leadership Roles in the corporate world
9/03/06Sunday Sessions Sunday Sessions Sunday Session Starts at 2:00 P.M
9/03/06 2:00 P.M. to 2:25 P.M Ms.Jayanthi RaoImportance of Partcipation in American Politics
9/03/06 2:30 P.M. to 2:50 P.M Dr.Jaya ANaraindasEmerging Perspectives: Deconstructing Impact of Science and Technology on Society and Culture
9/03/06 2:50 P.M. to 4:30 P.M Panel DiscussionDating and Marriage
Art Work Shops
Date Time Presenter Art Work Shop Item
9/02/06 10:30 A.M.- 11:30 A.M. Nutan Dodbele Batik Art
9/02/06 11:30 A.M.- 12:30 A.M. Chandra Kotrappa Mat Painting
9/02/06 2:00 P.M.- 2:30 P.M. Basanthi SeethaRam Beads and Sequence Work Shop
9/02/06 2:00 P.M.- 2:30 P.M. Indira Purushottam Vegetable Carving (parallel to Beads and Sequences)
9/02/06 2:30 P.M.- 3:30 P.M. Tanjavur Painting Meera Mohan
9/02/06 3:30 P.M.- 4:00 P.M. Susheelamma Embriodery
9/03/06 10:30 A.M.- 11:30 A.M. Kamala ShivaMurthy Paper Art
9/03/06 10:30 A.M.- 11:30 A.M. Nutan Dodbele Cake Decoration (Parallel to Paper Art)
9/03/06 11:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M. Arathi Giribhattanavar Embossing
9/03/06 2:00 P.M.- 2:30 P.M. Raji Mohan Tanjavur Painting
9/03/06 2:30 P.M.- 3:00 P.M. Jaya Kottekar Knitting
9/03/06 3:00 P.M.- 3:30 P.M. Shashikala Kulkarni Coconut Carving
Name Activity Area Leads Contact Phone(Cell) Contact email
Kalpana Ananth Womens Forum Coordinator 301-257-8884
Shalini Srinagesh Womens Forum Joint-Coordinator ssrinagesh@yahoo.com
Meena Rao Speaking Sessions
Sujatha Sharma Speaking Sessions 240-423-2550
Meena Gowda Speaking Sessions 301-346-6953 gowdameena@yahoo.com
Keerthi Swamy Speaking Sessions 240-498-1023 keeanu6@hotmail.com
Laxmi Prasad Speaking Sessions 301-928-9629 rohandivya@aol.com
Sheela Rao Panel Discussions 703-624-4922 allageminis@yahoo.com
Padmini Rao Panel Discussions 301-518-9007 aptrs@aol.com
Maya Harapanahalli Art Work Shops 240-381-2273 maya_harapanhalli@yahoo.com
Nutan Dodbele Art Work Shops nutan.dodbele@cox.net
Shashikala Kulkarni Art Work Shops shashikalap@gmail.com
Soumya NagShankar Beauty Parlor
Akhila Sudhish Beauty Parlor 703-593-3254 akilasudhish@hotmail.com
Narmada Ravindra Young Children's Activities narmadaravindra@hotmail.com
Smitha Vasist Young Children Activites 240-506-7044 smitharavi@aol.com
Jayamma subrar1@verizon.net
Savitha Rao kurchi123@hotmail.com
Sitting (L to R): Kamala Shivmurthy, Jayamma, Shalini Srinagesh, Kalpana Ananth , Meena Rao, Keerthi Swamy
Standing (L to R): Padmini Rao, Sujatha Sharma, Smitha Ravi, Savitha Rao, Soumya Nagashankar, Narmada Ravindra, Maya Harapanahalli
Not in the picture: Nutan Doddabele, Meena Gowda, Akhila Sudhish, Laxmi Prasad
  • Dear Kalpana,
    You are too kind with your compliments. It was a pleasure to be the key note opening speaker for the Women's Forum. I was happy with the large interested audience that seemed to enjoy the session and asked a lot of good questions during the session and for another hour after the session also. I attended some of the other sessions of the Women's Forum and they were all really good.
    Thank you for taking the time and trouble to organize such a successful venture. Overall, it was a lot of work for you but hopefully, you have a sense of accomplishment for all your hard work and efforts.
    Sheela Murthy
    Managing Attorney / President
    Murthy Law Firm : U.S. Immigration Law
    10451 Mill Run Circle, Owings Mills, MD 21117. USA
    Phone : 410.356.5440 Fax : 410.356.5669
    WebSite : http://www.murthy.com

  • Dear Kalpana:
    I enjoyed talking about ‘Good Nutrition for Better Health” for Women’s forum. Thank you for the wonderful work you did. I am sure Women’s forum was a very successful addition to AKKA.
    Dr. Prema Ganganna

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