SEEMA SUMMIT speaker: Sarina Jain

Sarina Jain

We are thrilled that Sarina Jain 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. 

Coined as the “Indian Jane Fonda,” Sarina Jain is the creator of the original Masala Bhangra® dance series. She successfully moves, touches and inspires many people around the world with her knowledge and passion for Bhangra and Bollywood. Recognized as a global game changer, Sarina is the first to bring Indian dance to the US fitness industry. She has 15 workout videos under her belt with Masala Bhangra® classes offered in over 15 countries around the world. In 2020, she will be celebrating 20 years of the inception of Masala Bhangra®! A certified fitness instructor for over 25 years, she teaches classes ranging from step aerobics, total body conditioning, and many more. She has dedicated her life to helping others find their healthy way to a more positive way of living.

Although India’s glitzy Bollywood films have featured Bhangra and other folk-dances and music for quite some time, it took a vivacious, young Indian-American fitness instructor to devise the concept of choreographing Bhangra along with modern, funky dance moves to appeal to the American exercise industry. In the process, Jain has impacted the entire fitness industry, and has been heralded in the press throughout the U.S. and around the world. Jain introduced her Bhangra/Bollywood-style fitness routine to the U.S. with her first workout tape in 1999, and has since directed and produced a total of twelve high-intensity, easy to follow workouts in her Masala Bhangra® DVD series. Born in California, she started leading fitness classes at a very young age, and has been a certified fitness instructor for 21 years. She completed studies in marketing and public relations in Los Angeles, before founding her company, Masala Dance & Fitness, Inc. in 1999. She soon relocated to New York where she successfully cultivated a larger audience for her cross-cultural fitness ideas. In 2010, Jain was the new face for Nestle Fitness throughout Latin America, where 2.6 million cereal boxes include her “Masala Bhangra® Bollywood Style” DVD.

Jain proudly embraces her Indian heritage, and is an active member of the Indian-American community. “People fall in love with the beat of Bhangra,” Jain says, “the music combined with its sensuous, vigorous movements recreates the excitement that an occasion is being celebrated. People have so much fun; they don’t realize they are getting an awesome cardiovascular and muscle-strengthening workout. Bringing Masala Bhangra® to people all over the world is so ratifying—I am absolutely living my dream.”

Career Highlights~ Celebrating 27 years in the fitness industry20 years of Masala Bhangra®~ Face of Nestlé Fitness Cereal Box for 2010 featured on 2.6 million boxes5 seasons hosting Discovery Channel’s All Star Workouts on Fit TV~ 15 Masala Bhangra® workout videos~ 250 Masala Bhangra® Ambassadors around the world~ Featured panelist and speaker at different events

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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