List of 20 Outstanding Women Announced, to be Honored at the 16th Annual Woman of the Year Awards Gala

1
10
A glimpse from the 15th Annual Woman of the Year Gala in 2017.

WALTHAM, MA—INDIA New England News, one of the largest print, online and video magazines serving the Indian-American community in the United States, has released the list of the 20 Outstanding Women of 2018, who be honored at the 16th Annual Woman of the Year Awards gala on June 1, 2018, at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA.

“There are a lot of new faces in this year’s list of Outstanding Women. They represent a variety of industries, professions and passion for their cause,” 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. “We are excited to honor these 20 outstanding women who have followed their passion.”

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

This year’s Outstanding Women list represents a diverse group of women in the areas of science, venture capital, business, education, healthcare, art and culture, and community and social services.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Shobha Shastry, founder and CEO of Alankar Event Planners & Decorators. Ms. Shastry has provided wedding services, decorations and mandaps in New England for two decades. She provides her services for free for charities and the needy, helping thousands of couples get married in New England.

A snapshot of 2016 Woman of the Year gala reception.

“It has been a privilege for me to be part of the core team and hostess of this event for the last six years after being honored with the coveted Woman of the Year title in 2011,” said Dr. Manju Sheth, MD, hostess of Woman of the Year gala, and the celebrity series Chai With Manju.  “I have to say that it gets more exciting every year as we learn about the amazing achievements of South Asian women in so many diverse fields. My congratulations to all 20 Outstanding Women of 2018, and I look forward to welcoming everyone on June 1 with our team.”

A glimpse from the 15th Annual Woman of the Year Gala in 2017.

This year’s gala is sponsored by the BMW of Sudbury, The Boston Group USA, The Mishra Group and Marriott Burlington, among others. Supporting sponsors are Alankar Wedding Planners & Decorators and Boston Sound & Light Company.

To purchase tickets for the event, please click here.

Here is the list of Outstanding Women 2018 (in the alphabetical order):

Lakshmi Balachandra

Lakshmi Balachandra

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Babson College

 

 

Nilanjana Bhowmik

Nilanjana Bhowmik

Co-founder, General Partner

Converge

 

 

Poppy Awasthi Charnalia

Poppy Awasthi Charnalia

Author & Artist

Yeh Sach, Anwarath (This Relentless Truth)

 

 

 

Indira Desai

Indira Desai

President & CEO

Waterview Lodge

 

 

Deepa Jacobs

Deepa Jacob

Founder

DeepaJacob Photography

 

 

Shiva Kashalkar

Shiva Kashalkar

Founder

Green Piñata Toys

 

 

Sheetal Kelkar

Sheetal Kelkar

Actor & Model

First Mrs. India New England

 

 

Vineeta Kumar

Vineeta Kumar

Civic Activist & Board of Advisors

Boston Business Women

 

 

Kumkum Pareek Malik

Kumkum Pareek Malik

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Malik & Associates

 

 

Sindu Meier

Sindu Meier

Senior Associate

William Rawn Associates Architects

 

 

Sangita Murali

Sangita Murali

National Representative, American Association of Women Dentists

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

 

 

Meenakshi Narain

Meenakshi Narain

Professor of Physics

Brown University

 

 

Sumathi Narayanan

Sumathi Narayanan

 

CEO/Broker and Pageant Director

Sumathi Narayanan Realty & Miss India Connecticut

 

 

Priya Samant Parulekar

Priya Samant Parulekar

Social Entrepreneur & Founder

EarthFrendz

 

 

Urmi Samadar

Urmi Samadar

Director

Action Learning, MIT Sloan School of Management

Performing Artist and Instructor (Kathak and Odissi Dances)

 

 

Rosy Sandhu

Dr. Rosy Sandhu, MD

Founder, Neem Medical Spa

Physician, Melrose Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital

 

 

Kanan Sachdeva

Kanan Sachdeva

Financial Advisor

Northwestern Mutual

 

 

Sunanda Sahay

Sunanda Sahay

Artist

Color of India, Essence of India

 

 

Supriya Saurabh

Supriya Saurabh

President

Saheli

 

 

 

Ramila Thakkar

Ramila Thakkar

President

Gujarati Association of New England (Gurjar)

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here