Indiaspora 10th Anniversary Forum

Join us in celebrating our 10th Year Anniversary! The forum is a three day event that will assemble 200+ leaders at Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California. The attendees represent prominent people from the global diaspora who possess varied perspectives and come from a diverse gamut of professions. Wide ranging discussions will include topics such as entrepreneurship, social impact, philanthropy, sustainability, political participation, civic engagement, healthcare, arts and education.

We hope to see you there!


See the full list of our incredible speakers below in the “Participants” tab. Click the headshots to find the speakers’ bios.

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Event Registration Open 
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch 
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Roundtable 1: “Move Over, Dad!”: Next Gen Social Entrepreneurs
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Coffee Break
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Roundtable 2: Midterm Madness
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Cocktail Reception
7:45 PM – 9:15 PM Dinner 
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM  Morning Plenary Session: Kal, Aaj aur Kal: Reflections on the journey so far and what lies ahead

9:00 – 9:10 am: Reminiscing about Mohonk – Opening remarks

9:10 – 9:25 am:  Indiaspora – Past, present and future

9:25 – 10:05 am: Conversation Started for Member Town Hall with Rajan Navani, Kris Gopalakrishnan and Gary Gauba

10:05-10:30 am: Diaspora’s Impact on the World Keynote Address by Mohanbir Sawhney

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Breakout sessions:

Why Give : Passion, Purpose, Potential

  1. This session will bring together Indian diaspora leaders from the social impact sector.  Speakers will share their journeys, sources of inspiration, and the overall vision for their work. 

Valley Bound : Tech Migration

  1. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the tech migration with perspectives from those who have recently made this journey.

‘Hey Siri’, What’s the Climate Tomorrow?

  1. A session with industry and academia perspectives considering questions around climate and energy technology, economics, markets, environmental impact. 

Get Diverse or DEI Trying!

  1. We bring together a panel working on the notion of an inclusive workforce from many different perspectives: from investing in women entrepreneurs to harnessing the potential of racially and differently-abled talent.

Indiaspora Talks : Inspiring Leaders Share Their Stories

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM  Lunch
2:00 – 3:30pm Afternoon Plenary Session: Philanthropy and Social Impact

2:15 – 2:50 pm: Understanding the Opportunity Gap in the US

2:50 – 3:05 pm: Doubling Impact: Giving to India

3:05 – 3:20 pm: Intimate Partner Violence

3:20 – 3:30 pm: Indiaspora Talks

  1. Our own version of TED style talks where inspiring leaders share their stories and how they were led to the path they are on today.
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM  Coffee Break 
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Breakout Sessions: 

Indiaspora Talks

  1. Our own version of TED style talks where inspiring leaders share their stories and how they were led to the path they are on today.

Moving Into the C-suite

  1. We will explore, from the perspective of current C-suite executives, what it takes to get there and be successful.  

Opening Closed Doors: Addressing Partner Violence

  1.  This session helps us mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness month and will address critical issues of abuse and abandonment, often ignored as uncomfortable in our community conversations.

Bollywood, Hollywood, Very Very Jolly Good

  1. This session will explore themes around India and Indian Diaspora representation for a global audience by diving deeper into how films and documentaries help craft our collective narratives.

Health Adda

  1. We will talk about health issues that disproportionately affect the Indian population and gather new perspectives on how to best tackle them.
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM  Fun Bonding Activity – Sip & Paint
7:00 PM – 7:45 PM  Cocktail Reception 
7:45 PM – 10:00 PM Grand Diwali Dinner and Entertainment
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM  Plenary Session: Global Connect and Other Perspectives

9:00-9:20 am Saving the Planet: Keynote Address by Arun Majumdar

9:20 – 9:45 am Geo-Political Panel

9:45 – 10:00 am Jay Chaudhary

10:00 – 10: 15 am TED style Talk by Chaitra Vedullapalli

10:15 -10:30 am Breaking Stereotypes by Zoya Khare

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee Break 
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Breakout Sessions: 

Virasat: Passing the Cultural Baton

  1. This session will explore the wealth of our culture and the work being done by various people to bridge the cultural gap not only between generations but also with the rest of the world. 

Cloud in a Box: India’s Gift to the World?

  1. This session will discuss the concept of Cloud in a Box, the innovative mindset that includes sharing India’s digital advancements and tech platforms with the global community.

Between the Wickets: Bringing Cricket to America

  1. This session will discuss how to bring India’s most popular game to an American audience.  
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Closing Lunch
1:45 PM Buses Depart to San Francisco and San Jose Airport