INDIA New England 2011 Woman of the Year Finalists Announced

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INDIA New England is proud to announce the following 20 finalists for its 2011 Woman of the Year award, which honors local South Asian women for their success and contributions to business, cultural, social and charitable endeavors. For close to a decade, the paper has highlighted the tremendous efforts made by South Asian women in the region and this year brings another stellar collection of individuals. There were many worthy women nominated for the Woman of the Year award and, though it is always a difficult process to narrow down these submissions to just 20, the following finalists are all a great representation of the talented, hardworking and influential South Asian women of the local community.

The finalists for the 2011 Woman of the Year award are:

Sangeeta Ahuja
Dietitian
Health Services Council Chair, Global Organization of People of Indian Origin
Connecticut

Hanishi Ali
Managing Partner, Mithras Law Group
Founder, Network for South Asian Women
Massachusetts

Aniyizhai Annamalai
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
Director, Yale Refugee Clinic
Connecticut

Seema Arora
Physician, Hallmark Health Associates
Vice President, United India Association
Massachusetts

Shahana Basu Kanodia
Partner and Chair of the South Asia Practice Group, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
Massachusetts

Amulya Deepak
Director, Vividha School of Dance
Massachusetts

Gita Desai
Producer/Director/Documentarian
Connecticut

Neela Gandhi
General Practice Dentist
Vice President, Charles River Dental Study Club
Massachusetts

Aditi Hazra
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Founder and President, PinkSari Inc.
Massachusetts

Gopa Kumar
Head, Banitirtha School
Massachusetts

Deepa Mangalat
Youth Group Coordinator, The India Association of New Hampshire
New Hampshire

Mouli Pal
Founder and Director, Upasana School of Classical Dance
Massachusetts

Falguni Patel
Chief Financial Officer, Ignition Technologies
Massachusetts

Kesha Ram
State Representative, Vermont House of Representatives
Vermont

Eshani Shah
Vice President, Gurjar
Co-founder, S4 Inc.
Massachusetts

Vanita Shastri
Executive Director, TiE-Boston
Program Director, Meru Education Foundation
Massachusetts

Manju Sheth
Physician, Northeast Health System
Secretary, Indian Medical Association of New England
Co-chair, Indian Women Physicians Forum
Massachusetts

Kalpana Shetty
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty
Massachusetts

Mahima Subramanian
Executive Director, Rape Crisis Service of Greater Lowell
Massachusetts

Usha Vakil
Founder and President, Saheli
Massachusetts

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