World Hindu Council of America (VHPA)

REFLECTIONS@50: Walking in Dharma

Virtual Conference

Dr. Jai G. Bansal

Distinguished Fellow – Argonne National Lab (ret.)

Convener’s corner…

Reflections@50 is a unique conference with one simple goal: To reflect on how the Hindu socio-cultural-spiritual movement has flourished in Americas over the past half-century, and to explore its course for the next half-century. We not only wish to pay tribute to the pioneers who tenaciously and steadfastly nurtured its growth, we also wish to give voice to the next generation so they can articulate their vision for the future as they take up the torch of this movement so lovingly nurtured by the pioneering generation.

To that end, we are pleased to bring together an array of eminent speakers and panelists who, over the course of conference, will share their thoughts on a variety of subjects of importance to all Hindu Americans, such as, the important role Hindu women play in preserving our valuable traditions, the many contributions of our pioneering generation, the perspectives of our youth on issues relevant to their generation, effective advocacy to ensure the voice of the Hindu community continues to be heard in the public square, the evolving role of our dharmic institutions as the future unfolds, the role of selfless service in expanding our influence in the American society, and so on.

Our speakers and panelists come from many different areas of expertise, and with an amazing list of accomplishments as scientists, technologists, business leaders, medical professionals, spiritual leaders, thought leaders, policy makers and so on. We are truly honored to have them with us on one platform.

I invite you to peruse the list of our guest speakers/panelists and check out their diverse backgrounds and the summaries of what they will be discussing. I am confident that you will come away just as excited about this unique event as I am.

Stay healthy and safe. See you at the conference!

Keynote Address:

President & CEO – 3D System, Former Exec VP – HP Imaging and Printing Group

Dr. Jai G. Bansal – Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Lab (ret.)

Dr. Abhaya Asthana – President, World Hindu Council of America (VHPA)

Vyomesh Joshi – President & CEO, 3D Systems

Vyomesh Josh

September 19, 2020 (Saturday): 10:30 - 11:30 AM (Eastern)

Panel 1: Hindu Women's Network (HWN)

"The Hindu Woman as Sustainer of our Timeless Tradition"

Ami Patel

Management Professional, Co-Chair - Hindu Mandir Exec. Council

Maha Pula

Vice President and Senior Sales Leader

Sadhna Gupta

Associate - McKinsey & Co Management Consultants

Renu Sophat Malhotra

Entrepreneur and President - Seed the Word Foundation

Dr. Seshu Sarma

Associate Professor - Howard College of Medicine, Washington DC

September 19, 2020 (Saturday): 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern)

Panel 2: Advocacy

"The Power of Dharma in Action"

Moderator: Rakhi

Israni President - Excel Test Prep

Samir Kalra

Managing Director - Hindu American Foundation

Brahmachari V. Sharan

Director - Dharmic Life & Hindu Spiritual Advisor, Georgetown Univ

Aparna Rayasam

VP of Engineering (Cloud Security) at Akamai

Shambhav Sharma

Creator and host of The Sham Sharma Show

September 19, 2020 (Saturday): 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Lunch Break

September 19, 2020 (Saturday): 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern)

Panel 2: Advocacy

"The Power of Dharma in Action"

Moderator: TBD

September 19, 2020 (Saturday): 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)

Panel 4: Seva(Service)

"Evolving Nature of Seva in North America"

Moderator: Mani Keeran

Founder and President of SCIFAR a FinTech Startup

Hardik Bhatt

Head - Digital Government and Transportation Bussiness at Amazon

Renu Gupta

VP of Support-A-Child Project of VHPA, Entrepreneur and Writer

Dr. Sree Sreenath

President - Vivekananda Yoga University, Los Angeles, CA

Suresh Iyer

President - Infospectrum, President - Ekal Foundation USA

September 19, 2020 (Saturday): 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM (Eastern)

Day 1 Closing Keynote Address

Vandana Tilak

CEO & Director - Akshaya Patra USA, Founder - Almex USA

Convener’s corTitle: Seva - The First and Last Frontierner…

September 20, 2020 (Sunday): 10:10 AM - 10:30 AM (Eastern)

Day 2 Opening Keynote Address

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM  
 Introductory Remarks
10:10 AM – 10:30 AM         
 Dr. Raj Vedam – Keynote Address

Title: Reclaiming the Narrative on Hindu Identity

Scholar – Indian History, Co-Founder of think-tank on Indian History Awareness and Research (Houston, Tx), Director, Arsha Vidya Satsanga

Dr. Raj Vedam

September 20, 2020 (Sunday): 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern)

Panel 5: Mini-Threads Panel presents Lighting Talks on

"Influence of Hindu Heritage on Life Choices and Decisions"

Moderator: Priya Samant

Social Impact Advisor

Dev Tandon

Founder - OBO Movement

Rami Desai

Author, Columnist

Niraj Antani

State Representative - Ohio 42nd District

Anuraag Saxena

Founder, Board Member, & Public Policy Columnist

Ananya Pati

Youth Advocate against Substance Abuse

Sunanda Sahay

Painter Artist - Mithila/Madhubani Style

Pratap Anand jha

Director - National Mission for Manuscripts (Govt of India)

Pavan Vangipuram

Communications Coordinator - Great Lakes Coalition

September 20, 2020 (Sunday): 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern)

Panel 6: HAVAN (Hindu American Vanaprasthis Network)

"The Legacy of the Hindus in North America"

Moderator: Dr. Yash Lakra

Former President - VHPA and Ekal

Prof. Prasad Jayanti

James Frank Family Professor of Comp Sc at Dartmouth University

Thara Narasimhan

President - Hindus of Greater Houston

Dr. Revati Teeparti

Physician - Internal Medicine

Dhiru Shah

Businessman, Alumni of London School of Economics, UK & Harvard Business School, Boston

September 20, 2020 (Sunday): 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Lunch Break

September 20, 2020 (Sunday): 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern)

Panel 7: Hindu Youth

"Hindu Youth - Being the Change today for Better Tomorrow"

Moderator: Prasiddha Sudhakar

President - Hindu Student Council at Rutgers University

Arnav Kejriwal

National President - Hindu Student Council

Arushi Ramaka

President - Hindu Student Council at Montgomery High School, NJ

Denish Patel

Hindu Student Council, Former VP of Hindu YUVA at Ohio State Univ

Amruta Houde

National President - Hindu YUVA

September 20, 2020 (Sunday): 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)

Panel 8: Dharmic Institutions

"The Role of Dharmic Houses of Worship - Challenges and Opportunities"

Moderator: Sant Gupta

Business Development Executive

Dr. Vijender Agarwal

Trustee - Hindu Society of Minnesota

Vishal Agarwal

Advisory Board - Hindu American Foundation

Bhakti Modi

School Administrator at Hindu Temple of Minnesota

Srilekha Palle

Healthcare Executive

Padma Kuppa

State Representative - Michigan 41st District

Fred Stella

Theater and voiceover artist

September 20, 2020 (Sunday): 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM (Eastern)

Closing Keynote Address

Benny Tillman (Balabhadra Bhattacarya Dasa)

President - Vedic Friends Association(VFA)

Title: Expanding the Positive Impact of Hindu/Vedic Practices in Modern Society

September 20, 2020 (Sunday): 3:50 PM - 3:55 PM (Eastern)

Samarop (Conference Summation)

National Executive Director of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) - USA

Dr. Siddhesh Shevade

September 20, 2020 (Sunday): 3:55 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Vote of Thanks & Adjourment