A Guide to the 14th Annual Woman of the Year Awards Gala

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final-woyBURLINGTON, 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. Here is some basic information about the event:

The event will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. Registration starts at 5:30 PM. A detailed program is attached in the bottom of this article.


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.


Since the program is jam packed and not a single seat is available, every attendee will has been assigned to a table. Your table number will be written on your name tag.


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 during summer. Thus, please give yourself plenty of extra time.


American Idol star and 5th place winner Sonika Vaid will sing. In addition, Anjali Nath and Shefali Jain will perform a Kathak dance, depecting Nari Shakti.


Free parking.


Eastern or Western formal wear.

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

Kathak Dance Introduction:  Anandini Sekhar and Meenakshi Kulshreshtha

Dance:                  Anjali Nath and Shefali Jain

Guest of Honor:                 Sylvia Ferrell-Jones, President & CEO, YW Boston

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

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Jasmine Shah

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

Chief Guest and Keynote:  Jacqueline Moloney, Chancellor, UMass Lowell

Honoring 20 Outstanding Women:  Jacqueline Moloney

Music program: Introduction by Kiran Mani and Shaleen Sheth

Singer: American Idol Star Sonika Vaid

9:00 PM: Dinner by Gourmet India

9:20 PM: Introduction of previous year’s Woman of the Year by Geeta Aiyer

Woman of the Year Journey: Dr. Nahid Bhadelia

9:35: PM: Introduction of Judges

Chief judge speaks and announces Woman of the Year 2016

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



  1. Fingers crossed that SONIKA VAID’S performance will be available for viewing on your website for those of us unable to attend. It’s my belief that Sonika’s vocals are the BEST American Idol has ever discovered in it’s 15 year run. She is incredible, both vocally and in personality – highlighting being very respectable in the eyes of others, in kindness, in family values, and on her social media☺


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