Indiaspora co-hosted Diwali on Capitol Hill at Dirksen Senate Office Building November 14 with BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Hindu American Foundation, and several other community and faith-based organizations.
More than 25 Members of Congress in the House and Senate took turns lighting the ceremonial diya throughout the evening. Special guest Honorable Navtej Sarna, India’s Ambassador to the U.S, commended the Indian diaspora on the progress they have achieved.
Indiaspora took a high-level delegation of our members and prominent friends to Canada from October 14 – 16. We connected with Indian diaspora in Canada across different professions; explored common philanthropic interests for giving to India and within North America; and met Indo-Canadian entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other industry leaders, and sought to strengthen global diaspora ties with senior Indo-Canadian politicians and policymakers.
Read about our trip, participants, the agenda, photos, and special thanks to certain individuals who helped make this trip possible.
This year’s Leadership Forum will bring together Indian American leaders from various backgrounds and professions, including business, finance, technology, law, healthcare, public policy and the arts, to participate on issues that impact our Indian American community. About 150 of Indiaspora’s members and prominent friends will engage in powerful networking, enjoyable camaraderie and intellectually stimulating discussions on a variety of topics, ranging from philanthropy, politics and US-India relations to health, education and the arts. To see a list of our Board and members, please visit here.
Indiaspora’s Philanthropy Summit, “For Givers, Doers, and Thinkers,” was an action-oriented gathering Tuesday, July 17, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Initial results of our Indian American Community Engagement Survey, conducted with Dalberg Advisors and other survey partners, were presented, and provided context to engage in thought-provoking conversations on various aspects of philanthropy.
Indiaspora led a delegation of Indian-American, Indian, Jewish-American and Jewish leaders in the tech startup and business space on the sidelines of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to New Delhi for a Tech Triangle Summit that Indiaspora organized in partnership with NASSCOM.
Indiaspora partnered with USAID, American India Foundation, Dasra, and Intellecap to bring together leading Indian-Americans and organizations committed to India’s sustainable development at Georgetown University India Initiative. Experts offered their thoughts on how the collective impact of the Indian diaspora can work together to advance the Government of India’s stated goal of ending TB in India by 2025. Speakers shared their experiences and lessons learned working on India’s most pressing health issues, and emphasized how innovation, entrepreneurship, financing, and public-private approaches that have been successful in meeting other health challenges can be brought to bear in the fight against TB.
Indiaspora recently had the privilege of partnering with MET Community, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovative, sustainable and responsible women entrepreneurship, as it hosted their Third Annual ForoMET DC to celebrate International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, a day designated by the United Nations to celebrate, empower and support women entrepreneurs and alleviate poverty.
The event on November 13th, which took place in downtown Washington DC, attracted more than 100 attendees, including entrepreneurs, local business leaders and longtime MET supporter
Indiaspora co-hosted a US-India-Israel Business Forum on November 13, Monday, in the San Francisco Bay Area at GSVlabs, 585 Broadway, Redwood City, California. The day-long, invitation-only summit was held in conjunction with the Indian and Israeli Consulates, the US-India Business Council (USIBC), and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), among other supporting organizations. Indiaspora member Raju Reddy served as one of the panel judges for the pitch competition where startups proposed their business ideas.
Indiaspora co-hosted a Diwali on Capitol Hill Celebration on November 7th from 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm in the Kennedy Caucus Room in Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Ave, NE. We joined fellow community organizations, including BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Hindu American Foundation (HAF), Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), The Art of Living Foundation, the Association of United Hindu & Jain Temples (UHJT), and the Global Indian Jewish Relations Institute (GIJRI) to host an auspicious evening to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, performed the ceremonial duties of lighting the diya. Several Members of Congress and Ambassadors offered remarks.
Indiaspora co-hosted a U.S.-India-Japan Trilateral Congressional Reception with the Global Partnership Summit (2017), an initiative of the nonprofit India Center Foundation (ICF) to advance inclusive, sustainable, and empowering models of development.