GOPIO of Central Jersey hosts Women’s conference

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GOPIO-Central Jersey, held a conference on women’s issues Dec. 11, 2022. Photo: courtesy GOPIO-CJ

The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin – Central Jersey, held a Women Leadership & Networking event, Sunday, December 11, 2022, in East Brunswick, New Jersey attended by more than 60 people.

Edison Township Mayor Sam Joshi presented a proclamation to the event to show his support. The keynote speaker was Seema Jagtiani, an entrepreneur, who shared her life story including the obstacles and successes she faced personally and as a professional.

The panelists included six women considered the Who’s Who among South Asian women, a press release from GOPIO-CJ said.

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They included Kirti Mehta- finance IT program manager; Aparna Nadendla- classical dance instructor; Dr. Lakshmi Nathi and Dr. Mamta Shah, both practicing dentists; Rucha Shah-human relations specialist; and Blisse Vakkalagadda, a healthcare practitioner.

More than 60 people attended the GOPIO-CJ event on women’s issues held Dec. 11, 2022. Photo: GOPIO-CJ

The panel discussion dwelt on subjects like awareness of capabilities and innovation that accelerate women’s empowerment; having a real impact on the quality of women’s lives; enabling opportunities to create an environment where women can talk about issues that affect them and share their ideas for improvement; building a networking community which continues to evolve over time.

Other intersecting topics included women in the workplace and beyond, breaking the “Glass Ceiling”, managing harassment at the workplace, carving a niche across industries, balancing work, life, family, friends, etc. and navigating through women/men pay inequalities.

The event was kicked off by a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance by Kavya Mehta, followed by a Bharatnatyam performance by Shravya Rachakonda, comments from Shatrughan Dawani – president of the Indian American Club, and Ritu Chopra – founder and president of Everest Consulting LLC.

A song dedicated to women performed by Aruhi & Anusha Vakkalagadda, concluded the event.

The organization GOPIO Central Jersey (CJ) Chapter was formed in 2008 to serve as a non-partisan, secular, civic and community service organization.

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