We are thrilled that Dr. Malvika Iyer 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.
Dr. Malvika Iyer is an award-winning disability rights activist with a doctorate in social work. She is the recipient of the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’, the highest civilian honor for women from the President of India. She is an international motivational speaker, a TEDx speaker, a model for accessible fashion and a global shaper at the global shapers community (an initiative of the World Economic Forum).
A fierce advocate for inclusion and gender, Dr. Iyer has over six years of experience in motivational speaking, mental health advocacy and diversity training. She has given keynote speeches, conducted workshops and seminars and raised awareness on global issues such as disability rights, gender equality, mental health, universal design, accessibility and body positivity in educational institutions, private corporations, NGOs and youth forums around the world. Some of her recent talks were given in the United States of America, Singapore, India, Norway, Indonesia and South Africa.
Dr. Iyer’s work has been recognized widely, including an honor from the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a standing ovation for her motivational talk at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, and ‘Women in the World’ Emerging Leaders Award in association with The New York Times. She also co-chaired the World Economic Forum India Economic Summit. She has been the subject of numerous international newspaper articles, TV interviews, books and magazines, earning her a spot among the 100 Change Agents and Newsmakers of the Decade.
She was thirteen years old when she survived a bomb blast in India. She lost both her hands and severely damaged both her legs with nerve paralysis and hypoesthesia. Despite being bed ridden for two years, she appeared for her exams, topped her tenth grade and scored 97% with just three months of preparations. She studied Economics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi followed by a Master’s degree in Social Work at the Delhi School of Social Work. She completed her M.Phil and Ph.D. in Social Work at the Madras School of Social Work. She currently resides in the US.
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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