Join us and be inspired by the
Visionaries Transforming India

Meet the quiet heroes from India and the US working tirelessly to make life better for all. Learn how you can be part of the change with ICA’s Golden Jubilee Conference on women, youth, environment and health.

At ICA's golden jubilee conference, you will have a unique opportunity to meet and and interact with social entrepreneurs who are tackling the environmental and social problems that hold people back, network with other like-minded South Asians who want to give something back, and be inspired!

OCTOBER 20TH, SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER

Non-profit Conference and Expo

11:30 AM - 9:30 PM

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM and 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Agenda

11:00 AM
REGISTRATION OPENS AT 11 AM
11:30 – 12:45 PM
FEATURING - LIJO CHACKO
LIJO CHACKO: SUBMARINE COMMANDER & EVEREST CLIMBER TURNED SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Join Lijo Chacko for an entertaining and inspiring glimpse into his life journey, from his adventurous past to his current passion of helping destitute citizens of India to live a life of dignity with purpose. Lijo will share his secrets on how he helps multiple NGOs achieve their goals.

1:00 – 2:00 PM
KEYNOTE - DR. BHARAT VATWANI
2:15 – 3:15 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION SESSION I
THE SHAPE OF WATER (ENVIRONMENT)

The panel includes individuals that are trying to rein in the acute water problem/shortage. The panel will focus on water harvesting and water resources given the truly daunting scenario.

Moderator: Satej Chaudhary Overseas Volunteer for Better India
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, EMPOWERMENT AND ACCESSIBILITY (YOUTH)

Young people are our most powerful catalysts for change. What happens outside the classroom can have a far greater impact on their lives than what they study in school. In this session, learn about innovative approaches to empowering children and youth: from technology that makes the written word more accessible, to children's groups in the Himalaya, where kids are leading their villages in important ways, to schools in Jaipur where girls are finding their voices, to the Bay Area, where young people are becoming leaders and discovering their own “soul force!”

Moderator: Sonia Mehta, Professor, Macalester College
GRASSROOTS CARE IN THE 21TH CENTURY (HEALTH)

Highlighting the heroic efforts by individuals who are delivering healthcare to the underserved in remote areas and striving to administer treatment in step with the times.

Moderator: Dr. Sriram Shamasunder, UCSF
EMPOWERMENT & OPPORTUNITY (WOMEN)

The panelists will clarify what is meant by “Empowerment” and how organizations are using it to uplift women at every level. You will hear about real world examples of how certain strategies have offered long-lasting solutions focusing on the transformative, practical actions needed to break down the barriers to economic and social stability of women. Their stories will inspire you to take an active role yourself in help achieving their goals.

Moderator: Radhika Shah, Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs
3:15 – 4:15 PM
COFFEE BREAK & ICA TALKS IN EXPO HALL
4:15 – 5:15 PM
PANEL DISCUSSIONS SESSION II
SOUL RESPONSIBILITY AND SOLO DYNAMISM (HEALTH)

Focusing on what individuals with passion and a sense of fairness have accomplished while delivering solutions that defy the prohibitive costs of pharmaceutical therapies. This has been a confluence of soul and rationale.

Moderator: Dr. Sriram Shamasunder, UCSF
REACHING MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES (EDUCATION)

A panel that addresses the journeys of the tribal and the remote area residents that has led to them accessing literacy and empowerment.

Moderator: Talat Hasan, Chair, India Community Center
IMPROVING HEALTH & COMBATING VIOLENCE (WOMEN)

Our panelists in this session have taken initiatives in addressing a host of challenges and barriers faced by women when it comes to their health and safety. Women are affected by problems like embedded poverty, inequality, cultural norms, disparities in health and scarcity of resources. They have often required unprecedented action from the non-traditional sectors. You will hear how the unique attributes of these panelists play a role in delivering quality healthcare to women and safeguarding them from exploitation.

Moderator: Sarah Henry, Gates Foundation
5:30 – 6:30 PM
FIRESIDE CHAT: EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ENVIRONMENT
Padma Shri Janak Palta McGilligan, Barli Development Institute for Rural Women, in conversation with Lijo Chako, Synergy Educational and Charitable Trust. Watch a submarine commander and Everest climber turned social entrepreneur talking with the pioneer who has made sustainable and waste-less living into a reality.
6:30 – 7:30 PM
WIND AND UNWIND IN THE EXPO HALL
7:30 – 9:30 PM
GALA DINNER AND AWARDS CEREMONY
 

Keynote

Dr. Bharat Vatwani

Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation

Dr. Vatwani a psychiatrist won this year’s prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for his tremendous courage and healing compassion in embracing India’s mentally-afflicted destitute. He was recognized for his steadfast and magnanimous dedication to the work of restoring the human dignity of even the most ostracized.

Dr. Vatwani along with his wife Dr. Smitha, conceptualized and founded Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation in 1988. This NGO is dedicated to rescue, treat, rehabilitate and reunify wandering mentally-ill destitute from the streets of India with their families. In the last 30 years, Shraddha, under the pioneering leadership of Dr. Vatwani has reunited more than 7000 mentally-ill destitute with their families.

Inspired by the legendary social worker Baba Amte, Shraddha set up a huge Rehabilitation Center in 2006 on a 6.5-acre plot of land in Karjat, on the outskirts of Mumbai. At any given time, 120 plus mentally-ill destitute are treated and cared for, before being reunited with their families.

Fireside Chat

Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan

Indian Social Worker

Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan, veteran social worker runs the Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development in the village Sanawadiya, Indore for the past 25 years. She is a prominent Social Worker, Social Scientist and committed to Sustainable Development.

Janak Palta left her home, job and family in Chandigarh and moved to Indore, as a Baha’i pioneer in 1985 in response to the call from National Spiritual Assembly of Baha’i’s of India to establish Barli Development Institute For Rural Women (http://www.barli.org). She served as a director of the Institute for about 26 years for empowerment of 6000 tribal and rural young women from 500 socially and economically deprived villages of India to become social change agents for sustainable community development. She was able to do this work along with her dedicated husband Jimmy McGilligan who also left his home country, family and business as a UK Baha’i pioneer. Unfortunately, he passed away following a fatal road accident but his mission is being carried on by his wife Janak Palta McGilligan as a Centre of Learning for Sustainable Development.

Honorees

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DR. GIRISH KULKARNI

Snehalaya
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LATA KRISHNAN

American India Foundation
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AJAY SHAH

Shah Capital Partners
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NAGINBHAI JAGADA

Arpan Foundation

Speakers

THE SHAPE OF WATER (ENVIRONMENT)
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SATEJ CHAUDHARY

Overseas Volunteer for Better India
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DR. ANAGHA AMTE

Lok Biradari Prakalp
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BV JAGADEESH

Overseas Volunteer for Better India
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Avijit Michael

Jhatkaa
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, EMPOWERMENT AND ACCESSIBILITY (YOUTH)
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SONIA MEHTA

Macalester College
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ADITI P. KAUR

Mountain Children’s Foundation
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SURESH BAZAJ

Hear2Read
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POONAM SINGH

Soulforce Leadership
GRASSROOTS CARE IN THE 21TH CENTURY (HEALTH)
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DR. SRIRAM SHAMASUNDER

UCSF
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DR. SHREY DESAI

SEWA Rural
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DR. PANKAJ SHAH

Sadvichar Parivar
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DR. DIGANT AMTE

Lok Biradari Hospital
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DR. BHARAT BHAGAT

Health and Care Fnd
EMPOWERMENT & OPPORTUNITY (WOMEN)
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Radhika Shah

Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs
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DR. JUDY FRATER

Somaiya Kala Vidya
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Neha Barajtya

Google's Internet Saathi
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HASINA KHARBHIH

Impulse NGO Network and Impulse Social Enterprises
SOUL RESPONSIBILITY AND SOLO DYNAMISM (HEALTH)
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DR. SRIRAM SHAMASUNDER

UCSF
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Dr. Duncan Steele

Gates Foundation
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Dr. Victoria Hale

OneWorld Health & Medicine360
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Dr. Gayatri Desai

SEWA Rural
REACHING MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES (EDUCATION)
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Talat Hasan

Chair, India Community Center
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Tejal Amin

Navarachana Educational Society
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Anand Kumar

Super 30
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Judy Frater

Ashoka Fellow, Somaiya Kala Vidya
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RADHA BASU

Anudip Foundation
IMPROVING HEALTH & COMBATING VIOLENCE (WOMEN)
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Sarah Henry

Gates Foundation
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Maya Vishwakarma

Sukarma Foundation
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Dr. Anagha Amte

Lok Biradari Prakalp
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Girish Kulkarni

Snehalaya
 

Expo Partners

Sponsorship

ICA Golden Jubilee Conference (GJC) sponsorship will help set the agenda for social development in India for the next decade. Your support will go a long way promote the important development work that is being done in India in the areas of Education, Health, Women’s empowerment, Clean water and sanitation, Disaster relief and others. You can sponsor this event at one of the levels below:

 

This event celebrates the successes and achievements of social activists and grass-roots non-governmental
organizations in India for last 50 years.

 

For more info contact Abhay Bhushan at akbhushan@aol.com, 650­.868.6645.
Please mail donation check(s) to ICA Treasurer (GJC Fund), 3838 Mumford Place, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA.

Bill Pay Check mailing service can be used to send checks to ICA Treasurer (GJC Fund).
Please write “ICA GJC Fund” in the Memo line.