New York City celebrates the essence of Indian American women achievers


Anu Aiyengar, Jenifer Rajkumar, Dr. Sue Varma, and Snigdha Sur.

An event was hosted to honor four extraordinary Indian American women by The Culture Tree

Our Bureau

New York City, NY

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month in May is a unique opportunity to express a sense of gratitude for the diverse spectrum of cultures and experiences which has played a vital role in the development of the American economy and culture.

Last week, an event was hosted in New York to honor four extraordinary Indian American women by The Culture Tree. An organization that promotes South Asia’s languages and diverse cultures by conducting educational and cultural programs. The primary aim of the organization is to educate the world about Asia.

The showpiece event was graced by the presence of four prominent Indian American women namely Anu Aiyengar, the Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at J.P. Morgan, Jenifer Rajkumar, a lawyer, professor, and government leader who made history as the first South Asian-American woman ever elected to a state office in New York, Snigdha Sur, founder and CEO of The Juggernaut, a community platform for global South Asians, and Dr. Sue Varma, a certified psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York University (NYU).

Aiyengar described the event as inspiring and energizing, providing a platform for South Asian women to support and learn from each other. She advised young and middle-aged professionals to take an active part in the event and discuss their viewpoints.

New York state assembly women Rajkumar was exhibiting a sense of pride at the panel discussion, highlighting the passion, dedication, and excellence of South Asian-American women and their contribution to the United States. She emphasized that their cultural values, very strong relationships with their parents, and ethics of hard work helped them overcome every challenge.

Dr. Varma, a psychiatrist and TV personality spoke about the essence of the Indian American culture being the meaningful connection, which is lacking in the community and leading to loneliness and mental health crisis. Further, sharing that there is a need to reconnect with others by means of volunteering, community, and civic engagements, and friendship.

Sur, founder and CEO of The Juggernaut spoke about the importance of Asian Pacific American heritage that reminds us that Asians are not a monolith. Indian Americans also have a number of exciting stories to be told.

A cocktail reception followed the panel discussion, with a dessert bar concept done by Barkha Cardoz, TAGMO’s Surbhi Sahni, Alak Vasa of Elements Truffles, and Kanchan Koya.

Anu Sehgal, founder of The Culture Tree highlighted that various industries of America have benefitted from the leadership roles of South Asian women and their pioneering work making a huge impact in their communities. Indian Americans are one of the fastest-growing groups in the United States.

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