Women Changing India

Barnard College of Columbia University presents

The Fourth Annual Global Symposium

Women Changing India

Friday, March 16, 2012
Trident, Nariman Point
Mumbai, India

Barnard College of Columbia University held its fourth symposium, Women Changing India, in Mumbai on March 16, 2012 at the Trident, Nariman Point. As the world’s largest democracy and free-market economy and a vibrant global center of arts, India proved an ideal place for discussions on women's leadership and education related to social activism, entrepreneurship, and the arts.  Over 400 people attended the day-long event, including women from all over India as well as Barnard students, alumnae and faculty. Speakers included Vedika Bhandarkar, Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Credit Suisse in India; Kiran Bedi, reformer and India's first woman police officer; Shaheen Mistri, Founder, Teach for India; Mirai Chatterjee, Director of Social Security at SEWA; Gita Sen, Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; Brinda Somaya, architect and conservationist; Zia Mody, corporate lawyer and businesswoman; Farah Khan, film director and choreographer; Mallika Kapur, CNN's International Correspondent; Nandita Das, actress and activist; Shaina NC, fashion designer and politician; and Chhavi Rajawat, Sarpanch of Soda, among others.

In March 2013, Barnard's Global Symposia Series continues in Brazil.  Check back for more information in Fall 2012.

Event Program

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Mihir Doshi - Managing Director and CEO, Credit Suisse India; Barnard College parent ’12 & ‘15
Saloni Chand Jhaveri - Barnard College alumna, Class of ‘86
Debora Spar - President, Barnard College
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Panel One: Conversations on Social Activism
Kiran Bedi
Mirai Chatterjee
Shaheen Mistri
Gita Sen
Lunch 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Panel Two: Voices of the Region
Nandita Das
Mallika Kapur
Farah Khan
Brinda Somaya
Coffee/Tea Break 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Panel Three: Empowering Women through Enterprise
Vedika Bhandarkar
Zia Mody
Shaina NC
Chhavi Rajawat
Closing Remarks:
Shristi Mittal - Barnard College alumna, Class of  '09


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