Unity Dinner 2019

Unity Dinner 2019

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


5:30 PM to 6:30 PMSocial Hour

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

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


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.


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 PMState of the IACF Address (25th anniversary) Jeevan Zutshi

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

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

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

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


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)


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

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

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;
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