Panel Discussion: Gender Equity And Modern Solutions

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Panel Discussion: Gender Equity And Modern Solutions

July 23, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm


11:30 AM – 2PM



Opening remarks by Mr. Jeevan Zutshi, Founder, IACF-USA

Revant Kasichainula – Moderator

Sheryl Brinkley, MBA – Women’s Exec and Leadership Coach at ITM Coaching Next Level

Ruth Yong, Ph.D. – Executive Director at Palm Academy

Connie LaScola, MBA – Finance Professional at Codexis

Ramesh Konda, Ph.D. – Vice President at FloData

Dr. Harmesh Kumar, Ph.D. – world renowned clinical psychologist


Mr. Jeevan Zutshi

Jeevan Zutshi has been deeply involved in Community Development projects internationally for decades.

It is not a coincidence that he was one of the first on the west coast to see the need to get involved in mainstream America and inspire other Indo-Americans through Indo-American Community Federation (IACF), a non-profit organization.

Consequently, he was honored by the California legislature in 2004 in a ceremony on Capitol Hill for being a pioneer in leading the Indo-American community towards assimilating in mainstream culture. Jeevan is the author of a non-fiction “Earth on Trial – Fighting the invisible and visible enemies” and “The Last Smile – A Fathers love story – A journey of hope” which are available on Amazon.

He is also the Executive Producer of the award-winning film, The Last Smile, an 87 minutes long independent film, based on his book and true events – presented by Amit Zutshi Foundation, highlighting the dangers of over-the-counter-supplements and the multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry involved in marketing these life-threatening products, and one that remains totally unregulated by the FDA. The film is available on Amazon Prime.

Dr. Harmesh Kumar

Dr. Harmesh Kumar, renowned bay area clinical psychologist with a world-level reputation, has enthusiastically added his name to the list of candidates running for California U.S. Senator presently held by retiring Senator Diane Feinstein. With three members of congress having previously declared their candidacy to the position, Dr. Kumar-a Democrat– is the first non-member of congress to declare his candidacy.

Sheryl Brinkley, MBA

She is the Founder and CEO of ITM Coaching Next Level, is an International Coaching Federation certified Executive Coach, and is a Certified Leadership Development Professional specializing in Mid-Level Career progression and acceleration.

She is passionate about working with emerging and Mid-Level Female leaders aspiring to continue up the platinum staircase and into Senior Leader and Executive level seats.

Sheryl’s decades of experience in Fortune 100, Public, Private, Tech, and Utility sectors have given her a wide and varied lens on leadership environments. She leverages her acumen in talent pipeline program strategy and delivery in her approach with working with clients and within organizations.

Sheryl is a proud Bay Area native and holds an MBA from Holy Names University, a certification from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business – Women’s Executive Leadership Program and holds a specialty certification in Emotional Intelligence EQ-i 2.0.

Ruth Yong, Ph.D.

Ruth is an ‘Educator at Large’. She has worked in and around education for most of her career, including being a classroom teacher, a center/school administrator with a wide variety of responsibilities and a coach and trainer for aspiring teachers and entrepreneurs. Dr. Ruth came to education and childcare services with over 10 years of industrial experience, which helped her approach educating children from a very different perspective. She thinks that emotional intelligence is just as important, if not more important, than intellectual intelligence in today’s world. Ruth was raised in Fremont, California, went to Mission San Jose High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley and Purdue University for her Masters and PhD. degree.

During her time in industry, she traveled extensively to different regional offices in the U.S. and overseas to conduct training certifications for upper management. She has also worked with research and development to develop a computer training module that, still this day, continues to train thousands of employees every month.

It was her family that brought her back to Fremont, California to start Fastrackids and Palm Academy in 2006. Besides dedicating most of her time to preschool centers and children’s education, she also coaches aspiring entrepreneurs, teaches children’s Sunday school, and sings in the choir.

Connie LaScola, MBA

Connie is an experienced Finance professional with a demonstrated history of working in the biotechnology industry. Skilled in Accounting, Public Speaking, Internal Controls, and Management.

As President of Bay Area Spirit Enthusiasts, Connie loves to inspire and promote youth and young adults to make a difference in our communities and national organizations through financial and volunteering commitments.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an Executive MBA focused on Global Economics.

Ramesh Konda, Ph.D.

Ramesh Konda has 30 years of combined working experience in automotive, semiconductor, manufacturing, and information technology industries. During his career, he has held key responsibilities such as Vice President, Director, Asst. Production Manager, Quality Manager, and Program Manager. Ramesh has worked at notable companies such as General Motors and Seagate Technology.

Ramesh is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and the past chair of the ASQ Silicon Valley section. He is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) from ASQ. Ramesh holds Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S. (Industrial Engineering), and B.S. (Mechanical Engineering).

Revant Kasichainula

Revant is a high school senior at Basis Independent Fremont, driven by the desire to raise awareness and instigate change regarding gender equity in society. In addition to his advocacy work, he is also an accomplished author, having written the book “Mixed,” which is available on Amazon. This captivating novel delves into the fictional narrative of a biracial child’s experiences growing up in the 1960s American South.

Revant’s talents extend beyond the realm of literature. He is an exceptional sportsman, excelling as a national-level table tennis player and a dedicated marathon runner. Through his athletic pursuits, Revant embodies perseverance, discipline, and a commitment to personal growth.

Beyond his achievements, Revant’s true passion lies in fostering a more compassionate and caring society. With his infectious motivation, he serves as a source of inspiration for those around him, encouraging others to embrace empathy and actively contribute to the betterment of their communities.


July 23, 2023
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Event Category:
Unity Dinner 2023

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