The 2017 List of Outstanding Women to be Honored at the Woman of the Year Awards Gala Announced

WALTHAM, MA—INDIA New England News, the oldest and largest print, online and video magazine serving the Indian-American community in the region, has released the list of the Outstanding Women of 2017, who be honored at the Woman of the Year Awards gala on May 26, at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA.

“First of all, we would like to congratulate everyone who has made to this year’s coveted list of outstanding women. We are doubly excited that that this year also marks the 15th anniversary of the Woman of the Year awards gala,” said Upendra Mishra, producer of Woman of the Year gala and publisher of INDIA News England News and its sister publications IndUS Business Journal and Boston Real Estate Times. “This year, we will honor 21 women as there was a tie and we could not break it.”

Since 2002, INDIA New England News has been honoring 20 outstanding women from various fields.

“This year’s list also reflects how the demographics of the Indian-Americans have changed, as we see women from various areas and a completely new generation of women in leadership roles,” Mishra added.

A snapshot of 2016 Woman of the Year gala reception.

This year’s Outstanding List represents a diverse group of women in areas of government, science, technology, business, education, healthcare, art and culture, and community and social services. The Lifetime Achievement Award this year will go Dr. Shashikala Dwarkanath, a pathologist at Lowell General Hospital and one of the founders of Chinmaya Mission Boston and its Resident Acharya, or Spritual Head.

“I truly believe that there is no other institution that honors South Asian women with such elegance and style as INDIA New England News’s Woman of the Year gala,” said Dr. Manju Sheth, a 2011 Woman of the Year who has helped organize the event since 2013.  “It changed my life and inspired me to do more, and it’s a great pleasure to see this honor roll of special women who are making the world a better place.”

This year’s gala is sponsored by the Boston Group USA, The Desai Foundation,  Motwane Foundation, the Mishra Group and Marriott Burlington, among others. Supporting sponsors are Alankar Wedding planners & Decorators and Boston Sound & Light Company.

Here is the list of Outstanding Women 2017 (in the alphabetical order):

Sheetal Acharya

Sheetal Acharya

Co-Chair, Girl Rising India Boston

Co-Chair, South Asian Women’s Coalition

Management Consultant, Slalom Consulting

 

Susri Anuradha

Susri Anuradha

Founder, Mathnasium – The Math Learning Center, Acton

Director, Mathnasium – The Math Learning Center, Burlington

 

 

Jayanti Bandyopadhyay

Jayanti Bandyopadhyay

Professor, Salem State University

Co-founder, Stage Ensemble Theater Unit (SETU)

 

 

Rama Bansil

Rama Bansil

Professor of Physics, Boston University

Researcher, Nanotechnology Innovation Center, Boston University

 

 

Manisha Bhatt

Manisha Bhatt

Senior Attorney, Family Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services

Educator, Know Your Rights

 

 

Neha Dalal

Neha Dalal

Research Economist

White House Council of Economic Advisors

 

 

Megha Desai

Megha Desai

President, The Desai Foundation

Founder, Marketing Strategy Dharma (MSD)

 

 

Asha Dixit

Asha Dixit

Managing Partner, Shah, Dixit & Associates, P.C.

 

 

 

Namita Dodwadkar

Namita Dodwadkar

Senior Scientist, Novartis

First Mrs. India Worldwide

 

 

Gretchen Hayden

Gretchen Hayden

Founder, Chhandam Institute of Kathak Dance (Chandika)

 

 

 

Asmita Khanolkar

Asmita Khanolkar

Manager of Manufacturing, Engineering and Operations, CeQur Corp.

Volunteer, India STEM Foundation, Women in Engineering

 

 

Deepika Krup

Deepika Kurup

Student, Harvard University

America’s Top Young Scientist and Forbes’ “30 Under 30”

National Geographic Explorer Award Winner

CEO and founder, Catalyst for World Water

 

Aditi Mehta

Aditi Mehta

Doctoral Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Winner of 2017 Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service

 

 

Zenobia Moochhala

Zenobia Moochhala

Co-founder and Senior Vice President, Care.com

One of Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40”

Emerging Executive Award by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

 

Taniya Nayak

Taniya Nayak

Principal Interior Designer and Television personality

HGTV, Food Network and ABC

 

 

Reena Patel

Reena Patel

Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State

Author, “Working the Night Shift: Women in India’s Call Center Industry”

 

 

Dhanashree Ramachandran

Dhanashree Ramachandran

Founder and CEO, Nous Lab

Director of Community Advancement and Public Relations, Art of Living Massachusetts

 

 

 

Meara Sharma

Meara Sharma

Producer, NPR’s “On The Media”

Winner of 2017 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer for “Kidnapped”

 

 

Aditi Taylor

Aditi Taylor

Principal and Partner, Deloitte

Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40”

 

 

Jaya Voruganti

Jaya Voruganti

President, India Association of Greater Boston (IAGB)

 

 

 

Darshana Zaveri

Darshana Zaveri

Partner, Catalyst Health Ventures

Board member of Lantos, nVision, Aria CV, Augmenix, and Maxwell Health

 

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  1. Saroj D Patel
    Apr 26, 2017 - 10:29 PM

    I am very proud that these many woman work hard to comprehend with the world not only that but they succeed. I like to congrats and salute this womans who go beyond there way do do so many good things for woman, society , country and world.

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  2. rajoo ananth
    Apr 27, 2017 - 01:16 AM

    Everyone of them is an Excellent choice — congratulations and best wishes for their futures – thanks for recognizing their talents and contributions – along with others who are yet to be nominated, these are the real players from our cultural heritage, traiblazing for others to follow.

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  3. Ali tizvi
    Apr 27, 2017 - 06:00 PM

    It is so important to recognize many of the wonderful woman doing subpch excellent work impacting the lives of so many. All are winners. Thanks Upendra jee.

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  4. Jyotsna Kakullavarapu
    Apr 28, 2017 - 05:58 AM

    Very impressive selection from wide variety of fields. Good job INE and Upendra Misra for recognizing these incredible women

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  5. Ashwini SALVI
    Apr 28, 2017 - 11:43 AM

    Asmita Khanolkar – very proud for your nomination in this list! It’s really great to see your enthusiasm in motivating our girls to wards, science and engineering! We need more girl power and this world will be a better place. Congratulations again.

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