Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce hosts #EmpowerHER—Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs



Left to right, Awardees Elizabeth Walsh, Sandra Eberhard, Nandini Menon, Alka Agarwal, Will Holmes, Anjali Sidhu, Judith Sheft, Hetal Parikh, Sharon Manker, Javette Hines, Komal Dangi, Charlene Vickers, Dina Copper. photos: AICC

ISELIN, NJ – November 3, 2023 – The Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce (AICC) recently celebrated the resounding success of its highly anticipated event, #EmpowerHER, held on November 3, 2023. This unforgettable evening was dedicated to celebrating women entrepreneurs, acknowledging corporate achievements, and recognizing the invaluable contributions of advocacy groups. The event featured a diverse range of highlights. Attendees were treated to engaging keynote speakers, enlightening panel discussions, insightful fireside chats, entertainment, ample networking opportunities, and a special segment dedicated to awards and recognition.

Left to right Keynote Speaker Dilip Chauhan, Terrence Clark, Brian K. Oglesby, Elizabeth Walsh, Sweta Patel, Rakhi Agarwal, Sundari Pai Luts, Sonia Sardana, Rajeev Krishna

Rajeev Krishna, AICC President, acknowledged the presence and support of other regional Chambers and Councils and their collective power to improve business opportunities for minority and women owned businesses. He reiterated his board’s commitment to make AICC the voice and the most influential business advocacy organization for the Asian Indian business community in the nation and abroad.

Dilip Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, served as the esteemed Chief Guest and provided valuable insights into the opportunities available in New York. Renowned keynote speakers Sandra Eberhard, President/CEO of WBEC Metro NY & Greater DMV, and Elizabeth Walsh, president of WBEC East captivated the audience with their thought-provoking stories, highlighting the significance of certification and networking for personal and professional growth.

Keynote Speaker Dilip Chauhan addressing the audience at the event.

Terrence Clark, president of the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council continued to show unwavering support for AICC’s initiatives related to supplier diversity, supply chain, and financial growth. Sonia Sardana, CTO, Innova Solutions shared her journey that served as an inspiration to all.

The event was further elevated by the presence of AICC longstanding supporters and Executive advisors, Sundari Pai Luts- Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity at Bristol Myers Squibb, and Master of the Ceremonies Rakhi Agarwal-VP, Global Head of Supplier Diversity & Risk at Sanofi.

The stage was graced by a lineup of speakers Hetal Parikh, Co-founder, and President, of Rangam Consultants, Dina Cooper-Williams, Senior Supplier Diversity Program Lead, American Water, Javette Hines, Director, Head of Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability, Citi, Anjali Sidhu, VP of Talent Acquisitions, Innova Solutions, Charlene Vickers, Director, Supplier Diversity and Inclusion, Johnson & Johnson and Judith A. Sheft, Executive Director, NJ Commission of Science, Innovation and Technology shared their valuable insights with the attendees. Moderators Sharon Manker, Supplier Diversity Director, Radian, and William Holmes, Director, US Supplier Diversity, Novartis ensured thought-provoking discussions. The event also included recognition of Alka Agrawal, COO, EBC Radio, and Nandini Ambat Menon, Ed.D., Founder, Cedar Hill Prep School with achievement awards.

Rakhi Agarwal, Global Head of Procurement Risk & Supplier Diversity, Sanofi emceed the event, and  Rekha Sarathy, Vice President of AICC, delivered a vote of thanks to conclude the event. The AICC #EmpowerHER Event brought together Entrepreneurs, Advocacy groups, corporate executives, Industry leaders, and others in a collaborative and inclusive environment, resulting in a resounding success. The AICC remains committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the corporate sphere and eagerly anticipates future events that will continue to drive progress in this vital area.

For more information about AICC’s initiatives or to get involved in our diversity and supply chain program, please visit our website at AICC | Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce or contact us at 732-847-4760 or



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