Indiaspora’s 5th Anniversary Leadership Forum

September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017 Lansdowne Resort and Spa
Indiaspora’s 5th Anniversary Leadership Forum

This year our invitation-only flagship event will take place in an idyllic, resort-like environment about 35 miles from Washington, DC, at Lansdowne Resort and Spa. Located in the Virginia suburbs, this destination retreat is about 15 miles from Dulles International Airport.

There will be several exciting plenary discussions as well as more intimate breakout sessions for our Leadership Forum this year. Please check out our high-level agenda below. Also, please take a moment to check out last year’s agenda and participants here:


Friday, September 29

6:30 pm: Welcome Reception at Lansdowne Resort and Spa

8:45 pm: Evening at the Movies with Tiger Hunter director Lena Khan

Saturday, September 30

8 am: Breakfast

9 am: Morning Plenary Session – Indiaspora: Where From and Where To?

10:30 am: Coffee Break

11 am: Breakout sessions

12:30: Lunch

2 pm: Afternoon Plenary Session: U.S.-India Relations

Speakers include Rich Verma, former U.S. Ambassador to India

Nisha Biswal, former Assistant Secretary of State, South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. State Department

3:30 pm: Coffee Break

3:45 pm: Breakout sessions

5:15 pm: Day’s programming concludes

7 pm: Dinner and entertainment with comedienne Vijai Nathan

Sunday, October 1

7:45 am: Breakfast

8:45 am: Morning Plenary: Philanthropy in USA and India

10:15 am: Coffee break

12 pm: Lunch

1 pm: Leadership Forum concludes

Break-out Sessions

Technology Triangle: Silicon Valley + Tel Aviv + Bengaluru/Hyderabad

USA, India and Israel are natural allies in many different fields. Indiaspora is taking the lead is advancing the concept of a “tech triangle” between the three nations, focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Shrimati President! Indian-Americans Advancing in US Politics

How are Indian-Americans participating in US politics? Who’s running for elected office? Can we hope to have a representative in the White House in the near future? Meet the people making a difference in the American political landscape.

Indian-Americans are 1% of the US Congress. In what Other Realms Can We Achieve this Milestone?

It’s great that we have achieved 1% representation in the US Congress, with more to come. We are happy to be over-represented in the medical profession. But what about other fields, such as Fortune 500 C-suites and Boards of Directors, and the legal profession? Also, can India aspire to Olympic Gold Medals?

ABCDs and NRIs: Ever the Twain Shall Meet?

People born in India who come to America as adults adhere to different cultural norms and share different perspectives than do people of Indian origin born and/or raised in the US. Does this lead to a communication gap? Do the two sides just end up talking past each other? What can be done to bridge the divide? Millennials and the boomer generation will discuss.

Innovation and “Jugaad” in Healthcare

Global advances is healthcare technology and the pharmaceutical industry seem to be inexorably increasing human lifespans and general well being. India is famous for its own brand of frugal innovation, called “jugaad”. How can we harness global and Indian innovation to serve hundreds of millions of people, the so-called “bottom of the pyramid”, in India?

Unconventional Career Paths – What Does it Take to Make it?

Writers, musicians and other artists discuss their unconventional (for Indian-Americans) career paths, and how they got to where they are.

Can Indian Spirituality Salve America’s Fissures?

Indian thought over the centuries is well known for propagating peace, non-violence and inner happiness and balance. Is this exactly what America needs to heal the rancorous divisions in its social fabric? How can India transmit its centuries old “dharma” to America

Bengal Tigers? They Live Right Here in USA! They’re Us!

Heard of “Tiger Parents”? People of Indian origin are famous (or notorious, depending on one’s perspective) for heavily emphasizing education and academic success for their kids. What are the advantages of this? What are we missing in doing this? How does a scholastic education in India compare to one in the US? Are Indian parents’ attitudes changing?

Philanthropic Investments and Giving to India

Despite the rapid economic strides India is making, hundreds of millions in the country are still in desperate need of financial assistance, either by way or direct charitable giving or via social impact investing. Being of Indian origin, it is our moral obligation to give back to the land that raised us and/or our parents.

Combating Racism in America Against South Asians

There have been several disturbing episodes of hate crimes perpetrated against and racial epithets hurled at Indians and Indian-Americans in the US. Some of these tragic events have led to loss of lives. How can we combat racism against the South Asian community in the US?