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Indo-American Community Federation, (IACF), a nonprofit public benefit corporation

Tax ID Number: 94-3304171

Board of Directors:

Jeevan Zutshi, Dr. Subhash Garg, Shashi Sharma, Dr. Harmesh Kumar, Dr. Naresh Sharma, Dr. Ramesh Konda, Dr. Deepak Sachdev.

Advisory Board:

  • Deepak Ganju, Managing Director, Senior Financial Advisor
  • Rahul Zutshi, IACF Founding Member
  • Raj Salwan, Fremont Vice-Mayor
  • Dr. Sarb Hundal, M.D., F.A.C.S., Mission Valley Eye Medical Center
  • Dr. Basil Besh, Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Joe Johal, President JBI Investment Group, operates multiple Wendy’s fast food restaurants
  • Sue Chan, Ohlone College Board and former Vice-Mayor
 

Celebrating 25th Anniversary of Indo-American Community Federation (IACF)

Unity Dinner 2019 – Celebrating Women’s History Month

The 18th Annual Event

Friday, March 22, 2019 (5:30 PM to 11:00 PM)

India Community Center

525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM: Social Hour

6:30 PM to 6:45 PM: National Anthem

6:45 PM to 7:30 PM: Panel discussion on Women’s history and contributions

7:30 PM to 11:00 PM: Program, dinner, cultural program and DJ/Dance

 
 
 

Together we build a tapestry of colorful cultures

Celebrating 25 years on March 22, 2019

Indo-American Community Federation (IACF) was co-founded in the year 1994 by Jeevan Zutshi as the first Indo-American organization to build bridges with mainstream organizations, diverse leadership, think tanks, and public officials. In the wake of September 11, the annual Unity Dinner 2002 was initiated to celebrate and promote unity in diversity.




Jeevan Zutshi Speech at IACF 25th Anniversary





Thank you all for joining us on Friday 3/23 to celebrate 17th Annual Unity dinner event in Milpitas, CA. You may click on this link to read about the event.

Community Members from All Backgrounds Join in Celebrating IACF’s 17th Annual Unity Dinner



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Unity Dinner 2019

The 18th Annual Event

Unity through Diversity: Celebrating Women’s History to Promote Unity

Friday, March 22, 2019 (5:30 PM to Midnight)

at India Community Center

525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA

Master of Ceremonies:

Basil R. Besh, M.D.

He is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in hand, wrist & elbow conditions. Dr. Besh is one of the few hand surgeons in the Bay Area with a Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Raj Salwan

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Vice Mayor of Fremont. His vision for Fremont is a simple one – “all Fremont residents to have the same opportunities that Fremont gave him.”

Keynote Speaker:

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo, (CA-18th District)

Honored Guest Speaker:

Congressman Ro Khanna, (CA-17th District)

Consul General of India, Sanjay Panda

Program:

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM: Social Hour

6:30 PM to 6:45 PM: Invocation and National Anthem
Kamesh Eranki, Dr. Deepak Sachdev, Keerthi Konda

6:45 PM to 7:25 PM: Panel discussion on #MeToo movement

Moderator:

Anjali Shaykher Zutshi, Esquire

Anjali is an attorney at the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration advising clients on cyber security, national security, intelligence and defense program matters related to nuclear weapons. She began her career as a litigator at a large law firm and also detailed as a Special Assistant US Attorney at the Department of Justice. She graduated cum laude from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a degree in International Law. In 2005, she was accepted to a dual degree program at American University where she simultaneously completed her law degree and Master's degree in International Studies.

Panelists:

Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy E. O’Malley, Esquire

DA O’Malley is a nationally recognized expert in issues involving violence against women, violence against persons with disabilities, and interpersonal violence including sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, stalking, and human exploitation and trafficking. She serves in an office with a national reputation for excellence dating back to former District Attorney and United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. DA O’Malley carries out this proud legacy as the first woman to serve as Alameda County’s elected District Attorney, and as a leader known throughout California and the country for her innovation and vision.

City of Fremont Police Chief, Kimberly Peterson

Fremont has appointed the first female police chief in its 62-year history. Kimberly Petersen, a captain for 5 years with the Fremont Police Department, was appointed as the seventh police chief in July 2018. Petersen has 22 years of experience in the department. She is known for her “tactical and technical knowledge of police work” as well as her decades of experience. Kim Petersen earned a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. In her career as an officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain, she has worked patrol and investigations and has overseen the traffic, K-9 and communications units.

Syeda Reshma Inamdar

Syeda Reshma Inamdar has been a passionate advocate for civic engagement, women’s rights, and domestic violence prevention. She helped co-found two domestic violence prevention organizations and also volunteered as a domestic violence intervention counselor for several years. Reshma has presented several workshops to interfaith leaders on addressing domestic violence in their communities. Reshma received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkley in Anthropology and an MBA in Finance from Cal State East Bay and eventually became a Certified Public Accountant. She is active in various community organizations and currently serves as the President of the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City (LWVFNUC).

Dr. Connie Wun

Dr. Connie Wun is a national expert, advocate, educator, and researcher on issues impacting women and girls of color. She is the co-founder of AAPI Women Lead, an organization working to strengthen political and social platforms for Asian and Pacific Islander communities. She founded Transformative Research, a consultancy that trains organizations in community-driven research and data analysis. She has published with Feminist Wire, Race, Ethnicity, and Education, Critical Sociology, and more. She gives talks across the US on issues of race, gender, and violence, including an appearance on BET for the Angela Rye Show and the Congressional Caucus for Black Women and Girls. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in Education and an MA in Women Studies from San Francisco State University.

7:30 PM – 7:35 PM: State of the IACF Address (25th anniversary) Jeevan Zutshi

7:35 PM – 7:41 PM: Honored Guest Speaker: Consul General of India, Sanjay Panda
Introduction by Joe Johal

7:41 PM – 7:47 PM: Honored Guest Speaker: Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17th District)
Introduction by Yogi Chugh

7:47 PM – 7:54 PM: Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18th District)
Introduction by Rahul Zutshi

7:54 PM – 8:04 PM: Award Ceremony (Part 1 of 2)

Honorees:

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo, CA-18

Life time Achievement Award

Dr. Connie Wun
Co-Founder AAPI Women Lead

Advocate of the year

Kimberly Petersen
Police Chief of Fremont

Public Safety Officer of the Year

8:04 PM – 8:07 PM

Dance: A Resplendent Rendezvous, a Uyghur Dance

Nine-year-old Katrin Rannaveski is a fourth-grade student that loves dancing, especially Chinese ethnic dances. Tonight, she is portrayed as a Chinese Uyghur dancer who lives in the Province of XinJiang. Lovely young girl meets the splendors of the high plains in this far western province of China. While soaking up the beauties of the nature, she discovers that she is prettiest when her heart is kind, giving and loving. What a Resplendent Rendezvous!

8:07 PM – 8:17 PM

Award Ceremony (Part 2 of 2)

Honorees:

Susan Muranishi
Alameda County Administrator

Excellence in Public Administration

Kameshwar Eranki
CEO, VajraSoft, Inc.

Entrepreneur of the year

Rajasthan Association of North America

Community Organization of the Year

8:17 PM – 8:22 PM

Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks
Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty

8:22 PM – 10:00 PM

Dinner
Jalsa Catering & Events

8:35 PM – 8:46 PM

Dance: Polka from the State of Chihuahua
Claudia Rodriguez

8:46 PM – 8:56 PM

Dance: Indian style
Vijaya Aasuri (Choreographer)

8:56 PM – 12:00 PM

Dancing with DJ Sunny

Media Sponsors:

India West,

TV Asia

Yo India TV (Jasleen Khanuja)

Diamond Sponsor:

Deepak Ganju, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Platinum Sponsor

VajraSoft, Inc.

Gold Sponsors

Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Raj Salwan
Dr. Basil Besh

Silver Sponsor:

Insurance for Visitors
www.InsuranceforVisitors.com

VIP Table Sponsors (Partial List):

City of Fremont

Deepak Ganju, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Washington Hospital Healthcare System

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty

Ashok and Pushpa Saraf

Union Bank

VajraSoft, Inc.

Ohlone College International Programs (Kristi Radke)

Kishore and Ragini Pallapothu

Joe Johal

Dr. Basil Besh

Dr. Dharam P. Salwan

Dr. Raj Salwan

Ohlone College Trustee Suzanne L. Chan

Kaiser Permanente

Shashi Sharma Management, Inc.

Dr. Ramesh Konda

Dr. Deepak Sachdev, San Mateo Dental

Surender Zutshi

Rajasthan Association of North America (RANA)

Dr. Harmesh Kumar

Association of Indo-Americans (AIA)

San Jose Behavioral Health

Honored Guests (Partial list):

Hon. Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18th District);

Hon. Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17th District);

Hon. Consul General of India Ambassador, Sanjay Panda;

Hon. Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley, Esq.;

Hon. California State Controller, Betty Yee;

Hon. State Senator Jim Beall and Bob Wieckowski;

Hon. California State Assembly Members, Kansen Chu, Ash Kalra, Evan Low;

Hon. Alameda County Supervisor, Scott Haggerty;

Hon. Alameda County Assessor, Phong La;

Hon. Ex. Mayor of Milpitas, Jose Esteves;

Hon. Fremont City Council Members and Mayor;

Hon. Mayor of Newark, Al Nagy;

Hon. Former Councilmember of Newark, Ana Apodaca;

Hon. Mayor City of Mountain View, Margaret Abe-Koga;

Hon. Mayor City of Sunnyvale (Retired), Otto O. Lee;

Hon. Trustees of Fremont Unified School District Board;

Hon. Alameda County Water District Trustee, John Weed;

Hon. Trustees of Ohlone College, Suzanne L. Chan, Vivien Angelica Larsen and Teresa Cox;

Hon. Trustee of Union Sanitary District Tom Handley;

Hon. Trustees of Washington Hospital;

Mr. Angus Cochrane, Executive Director, Washington Hospital Foundation;

Dr. Vanila Mathur, Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Health;

Photography and Videography:

In Focus Photography and Videography