A Planning Guide to 15th Annual Woman of the Year Awards Gala


BURLINGTON, MA—If you are attending New England’s Oscar-style premier Woman of the Year Awards Gala, here is a brief guide to plan your evening and what to expect. First, here is some basic information about the event:

The event will be held today, Friday, May 26, 2017, at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. Registration starts at 5:30 pm. A detailed program is incuded towards the bottom of this article.

TICKETs: The event is completely sold out. There will be NO ticket sales at the registration desk. If you have not purchased your ticket directly or invited by someone who has purchased a table, we will not be able to accommodate you. When you come to the registration desk, please tell your last name or the person whose guest you are, we will tell you your table number.

SEATING: Since the program is jam packed and no seat is available, every attendee will be assigned a table. Please note that this a celebration of women’s achievement and honoring them, please enjoy whatever table you are assigned.

TRAFFICK: The program will start on time and so please be punctual. Also, please note that there is a lot of traffic on Route 95 around 5:00 pm on Fridays, especially in during this long weekend. Thus, please give yourself plenty of extra time.

DRESS CODE: It is literally the Oscar night for New Englanders where fashion statements are made. Eastern or Western formal dress is fine.

Here is the tentative schedule of the program:

5:30:00 PM          Registration

5:45:00 PM          Cocktail hour starts

6:30:00 PM          Doors open to grand ballroom

6:50:00 PM          Emcees Mandy Pant and Jharna Madan kick off the event

Welcome:            Upendra Mishra, Publisher INDIA New England News

Dance by Jothi Raghavan group

Guest of Honor:                Genevieve Nadeau, Chief of the Civil Rights Division in the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General

Lifetime Achievement Award Introduction: Dr. Manju Sheth, Hostess of the Evening

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Dr. Shashikala Dwarkanath, MD

Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker’s Introduction by Desh Deshpande, Trustee, MIT; Founder, Deshpande Foundation

Chief Guest and Keynote:  Robin Chase, C0-founder Zip Car, Author and Ted Speaker

Honoring 21 Outstanding Women:  Robin Chase

Music program: Sowmya Shri and Nidhi Tare

9:05 PM: Dinner by One World Cuisine.

9:35: PM: Introduction of Judges

Chief judge speaks and announces Woman of the Year 2017

10:00 PM: Celebration begins and dance floor opens with DJ Yogi.


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