SEEMA SUMMIT Speaker: Dow Jones' Smita Pillai

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We are thrilled that Smita Pillai will be one of our speakers at the SEEMA SUMMIT, on Sunday March 8 in New York City. The event gives center stage to influential South Asian women for remarks and panel discussions of their professional and personal experiences. We also will announce exclusive findings from SEEMA about how cultural expectations impact the lives of South Asian women. 

Smita Pillai is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Dow Jones, including its flagship brands The Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Factiva and Financial News.

Smita is responsible for designing and implementing a progressive, global diversity and inclusion strategy, overseeing efforts across talent management practices, leadership accountability, corporate culture and outreach efforts. Her holistic approach to diversity and inclusion seeks to create a climate of inclusion and belonging where innovation can thrive.

Prior to joining Dow Jones, Smita has led global diversity and inclusion efforts in Fortune 50 companies such as Prudential Financial and at Johnson & Johnson, where she was responsible for global diversity and inclusion initiatives for the largest business sector of medical devices. In her career, Smita has led groundbreaking global marketing research projects and established clear metrics for D&I measurement and advancement that have advanced D&I across multiple organizations. She has also been a founding board member for several global employee resource groups and is passionate about global diversity & inclusion for talent, business impact and community partnerships.

Smita has received several awards and recognitions like the Leadership Excellence Award from the Tri-State Diversity and Leadership, NY Moves Mentor, Diversity MBA Top 100 Under 50, Leaders executive profile, COLOR profile, for her outstanding achievements in community, leadership and education. An accomplished public speaker, Smita is a sought after leader to drive executive level discussions on global diversity, inclusion and impact at various forums like the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, WSJ Women In conference, WSJ CEO Council, Latina Style, HACR, Diversity Council, Color magazine, W.I.N Forum NY, The Conference Board, Working Mother Media, Diversity Best Practices, among others.

Originally from India, Smita considers herself a true global citizen, and has worked across the globe, based out of Mumbai, Dubai, Tokyo, Singapore, Florida and most recently, New York. She loves to spend time with her family, travel, practice yoga and run trails. Smita lives with her husband, their three children and a gentle giant Rottweiler in their historic barn home in Central New Jersey.

Join us to hear and network with additional speakers such as Aneri Shah (Founder at Sightworthy), Deepti Sharma (Founder at FoodtoEat), Nayantara Dutta (Founder at Defining Desi), Roopa Unnikrishnan (Head of Strategy at Harman), Shweta Shetty (Vice President, Corporate Strategy at SAP), Smita Pillai (Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Dow Jones), Surabhi Lal (Chief Impact Officer at Luminary) and more. 

The SEEMA Summit begins with Brunch and ends with networking as well as mingling among pop-up shops with cocktails.

9:30 AM Registration and Brunch
10:00 AM Welcome with Meditation
10:50 AM Keynote - Chef Palak Patel
11:15 AM Pane: Balancing it all in the corporate world
11:45 AM Panel: Beyond STEM - a discussion on Coronavirus
12:15 PM Panel: Leaders changing the world through entrepreneurship
1:00 PM Discussion breakouts
1:40 PM Pop-up shops, cocktails
  

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