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      Aaina: South Asian Professional Women presents "Dream Big" in Seattle

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      May 8, 2019

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      1300 1st Avenue
      Seattle, Washington 98101

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      Aaina: South Asian Professional Women presents "Dream Big"

      Join us at this year’s South Asian Professional Women Networking (SAPWN, pronounced like dream in Hindi as sapan) event to hear from some of our new startup entrepreneurs and some seasoned business women on how to start a business or keep it going. A lot of us feel that we could be entrepreneurs, but we struggle to understand the basics of how to start one. Our panelists will take you through their journey of how they started their own business career, made it a success and answer any questions you will have. Come, get inspired by these passionate women and a find a path to your own freelancing career. They will share their stories, of success and challenges they faced in running their business. There will be a networking opportunity in the beginning, bring your business cards, Q and A session at the end of the program with the attendees. SAPWN: You can do it too!   Agenda: 4:00- 4:15 pm– Networking  4:15- 5:00 pm– Presentation by the panelists  5:00- 5:45 pm– Q&A and interactive networking This year’s SAPWN panelists are: Akhila is the co-founder and CTO at Xemelgo, a startup focused on empowering manufacturers with the latest and greatest in Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence technologies. Akhila grew up in a Industrial town in India where her dad worked for India’s biggest power generation company. Visiting the plant floor as a kid stoked her passion for engineering and she is excited to apply her years of experience in software engineering back  where she started off. Before entering the start-up scene, Akhila led multiple engineering teams, most recently as Director of Engineering at Hitachi. She is passionate about building teams and mentoring people, especially women, to achieve their true potential. Some media mentions Ayesha Sheikh is honored to partner with Keller Williams Realty as a licensed broker, currently the number 1 company in real estate by agent count, revenue, and listings sold.  Specializing in national and international relocation, Ayesha passionately helps first time buyers, families, and investors navigate the obstacles of the real estate world and wants to bring the dream of home ownership. venturing into the world of real estate, she started her career in the hospitality/hotel industry.  After becoming the youngest general manager amongst her peers, she received national recognition twice as general manager of the year. Ayesha is passionate about being a part of and giving back to the great community she belongs to. Originally from Toronto Canada, Ayesha relocated to Tennessee at the age of 13. After completing her studies at East Tennessee State University she moved back to Toronto.  She started her journey in Toronto, was introduced to her husband, who lived in Seattle, got married and moved to Seattle in 2008 where she is continuing her journey both personally and professionally. She has been and is a part of numerous fantastic boards, committees, and volunteer organizations which include: Board of Directors for Snohomish County Tourism Bureau The Lodging Tax Committee in North Seattle President of the Mountlake Terrace Business Association Board of Directors for Northpointe Home Owners Association Alumni of Leadership Snohomish County (class of 2017, best class ever) whose mission is to connect profit and non-profit organizations to ignite and develop sustainable county-specific leaders to strengthen our communities. Mentor with Leadership Launch which helps empower, educate, and equip students in 9th grade through their first year of college to achieve their full leadership potential within their communities. Habitat for Humanity Humanity First William Osler Hospital in the pediatrics department Big Sisters Association and Girls Incorporated Program in Hamblen County Peer Group Leader for mentally challenged children Heroes for the Homeless Various soup kitchens in Snohomish and King Counties Disha Bajaj is a mom of two kids, wife and entrepreneur of two The UPS Store locations (Pioneer Sq-Seattle & Mukilteo). Before all this she was a daughter and lived with my parents in Dubai, UAE. Besides her professional and personal side she and her family are proudly associated with Spreeha and API Chaya. Jillu Zaveri is the founding owner of the Seattle-based chai company, Jaipur Avenue. With formal training in textile design, she spent more than a decade in the fashion industry working for some notable names, including Oscar de la Renta, Ankasa, and Nordstrom. Although she still loves her fabrics, her passion for traveling, gourmet food and fitness together the longing for a healthy work-life balance eventually prompted her to start her own business in 2008. Her mission ever since has been to introduce the authentic Indian chai into the mainstream American marketplace. Through the company, Jillu loves supporting non-profit organizations that promote women and minority artists, girl child education, and environmental protection.

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