BURQOFF: Why this play resonated with me
Playwright Nadia Manzoor believes in telling and sharing stories as a way to heal. After Burq Off! performances she receive emails, messages, and words from people yearning to share their stories. She is so moved by them, they inspire her to keep telling mine.
"Burqoff" was the first offering in the LADYDRINKS FILM AND THEATER SERIES introduced in 2015. TV Anchor Joya Dass explains in this video why this story of a Pakistani girl growing up in London resonated with her.
Thank you Marina Romashko and Nadia Manzoor fo the opportunity
TedTalk on Re-thinking Failure, 11.2.2013
My TedTalk from November 2nd at TedXBarnard College on the subject of "Re-imagining Failure." My proposal that qualified me was this: We as Indians are masters at shoving important conversations under the rug, and never really 'talking about' stuff that matters.
But, real life-impacting change doesn't come about -----until you talk about it. Through talking about and writing about my experiences growing up, I learned recently that I changed the trajectory of another woman's life. Here is the entire talk running 11 minutes.
Thank you Nathalie Molina Nino, Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard, for believing I had this talk in me.
UN Women Event at the Apollo Theater, 6.6.2014
Thursday, June 26th I was asked, among a gallery of speakers that included Gloria Steinem and Gale Brewer, to speak at the kick off to the UN Women campaign, raising awareness for gender equality. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing20 Women's Conference
I talked about my Trailblazer Video Series, creating tangible role models for South Asian women, where entrepreneurship is still a two generation old concept. And my goal of taking these role models to schools with high concentrations of South Asian girls, so we can open up critical dialogue about the cultural blocks that hinder us. www.lady-drinks.com.
Thank you Lakshmi Puri, UN Women, for asking me to speak.
How to Brand Yourself to the Press, 3.6.2014
I gave this talk on the different ways small business owners can get press and market themselves to members of the media. The audience was the Chelsea and Greenwich Village Chambers of Commerce, Holistic Chamber of Commerce, and local Business Improvement Districts at WIX Lounge in New York City.
Thank you Ashley Gallman Williams, WIX, for inviting me to speak at this event.
LadyDrinks Panel on Mompreneurship, 9.6.2013
I moderated this panel of four momprepreneurs on the subject of achieving that mythical work life balance. Featured speakers included Jennifer Macaluso Gilmore, founder of Something Different for Women, Shobha Tummala, CEO of Shobha, and Soigne Kothari Mehta, host to this panel and founder of Soigne K on Madison Avenue.
This was part of the LadyDrinks curriculum I curated for 2013.
Video explaining "What is Trailblazers?"
This video explains"Trailblazers" is a series of interviews with South Asian women who are role models and rule breakers in the areas of human rights, women's rights, law, medicine, culinary arts, music, makeup artistry, fashion, and acting. The project is still in edit, but this is the trailer.