Woman of the Year 2016 Finalists

Outstanding 20 Women 2016

(In the alphabetical order. Click finalists’ names to read more):


pratima abi-s Pratima Abichandani

President, Boston Chapter of Pratham USA
Executive in Residence for the Babson College Fund



Rita Advani-WOY-sRita Advani

President, Bush Pond Ventures, LLC/High Touch High Tech of New England

Community Service in education, healthcare and energy


Rakashi Chand-sRakashi Chand

Pageant Winner: Mrs. Rhode Island United States 2015 and Mrs. India Massachusetts 2014
Secretary, United India Association of New England



Prarthana Desai-cutPrarthna Desai

Student and Volunteer: Zipline International and Clinton Health Access Initiative
Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School



nirmalaNirmala Garimella

Co-founder, Lokvani
Lexington Town Member, Head of Development at American India Foundation New England



Chitra JavdekarChitra Javdekar

Dean: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Massachusetts Bay Community College



Heena Karna-sHenna A. Karna

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer




Farida Kathawalla

Farida Kathawalla

Philanthropist and Co-President: Global Women’s Circle
World Education, American India Foundation



Ladani-resizeAlpa Ladani

Captain, United States Army
Highest Ranking Indian-American Female Officer Served in Afghanistan



Kavyashree Mallanna-sKavyashree Mallanna

Chess Champion
Founder and director, Celestial Minds



Praveen Minocha-sParveen Minocha

President, Ekal New England
Software Development Manager at Oracle



Jayanthi Narasimhan-sJayanthi Narasimhan

Founder and CEO
WatchRx, Inc.



Rekha Parliwala-sRekha Palriwala

Community Service
Editorial Assistant, Physics Department at Northeastern University



Rupal Patel (Photo: VocaliD)

Rupal Patel

Speech scientist and technologist
VocaliD and Northeastern University



Annette Philip (Photo by Meredith Nierman)

Annette Philip

Founder: India Exchange at Berklee College of Music
Musician and member of Women of the World



sangeeta pradhanSangeeta Pradhan

Chair, Central Mass Dietetic Association
Diabetes Program Coordinator, Charles River Medical Associates




sapraPriya Sapra

Chief Product Officer
SHYFT Analytics



Gitika SrivastavaGitika Srivastava

Founder and CEO: Navya Network
Partner: KAHM Capital




Dr. Geeta Trivedi, MD

Past President and Chair of Board of Trustees 2015
Indian Medical Association of New England



Sonika Vaid

Sonika Vaid

American Idol Star: Top 5 Finalist