Inaugural event - Saturday, April 27th 2019

We proudly celebrated some amazing women in our community and all of us; women who are following their dreams, going that extra mile and being true to themselves.  

Event Summary

Shakti- women’s symposium had it’s inaugural event in Sacramento on April 27th, 2019. It was attended by around 50 women.
The event started by a small speech by Amita Khare, LMFT and host of the event. She described her intention behind celebrating women from the Indian community. According to Amita, women do not celebrate their everyday wins, achievements; whether at the home front or at job.  “When we shy away from acknowledging our success, our contribution, we are also shying away from the positive energy that we create around us. That energy empowers us to move forward, take on another challenge and it also empowers some other woman or girl to try out her passion, go after her dream." Amita encouraged women to take pride in their work, go after their dreams and support each other. Ramna Sharma recited a few of her thought provoking poems from her book "Gritty Girl". The audience responded by joining in the empowering chant for celebrating women.
The panel interview featured 4 women from the Indian community who have shown leadership, courage and perseverance while following their passion. The panel consisted of Dr. Shubhangi Chitnis (Director, pediatric neurologist for Sutter Medical) , Manisha Hotpeti (Cosmetologist), Meena Kalyansundaram (President and founder of WeEmbrace) and Shikha Singh (Owner of Sarang boutique). The interview was conducted by Amita. It focused on the women’s achievements, their struggles, barriers they faced and overcome. The panelists were open about their struggles - facing language barrier when they first came into the US, lack of family support, financial hardships among other things. The panelists told inspiring stories about crossing the barriers and becoming successful. They gave advice to other women and girls that if you are passionate about something, go do it. Don’t hold yourself back, believe in yourself. Be happy and deal with whatever hand life deals to you. The audience was engrossed in the interview and also asked some very insightful questions.

This was followed by interactive games where the women were split into 5 groups. One game was focused on ‘getting to know yourself’. The team game was focused on being creative, positive communication, thinking out of the box and working in a team. All the women enjoyed the games.
Overall the event was very successful. We received positive feedback from multiple attendees. They felt that there is a need for bringing women together to motivate, connect and support each other. This pioneer event has started a new conversation in the Indian community in Sacramento by providing insight into immigrant women’s life. Shakti provides a platform for women and girls to come together and enrich their life with positive connections and purpose.

Reviews of the event

It was a great learning experience. Interactive and fun. My network broadened. I compared
the ‘Marshmallow Challenge’ game to personal and professional balance women have to strike
everyday. Thanks for organizing it. - Himani Kulkarni

It was such an honor to be part of Shakti’s very first, one of its kind, event in Sacramento. Everything from the venue, arrangements, audience, and agenda were simply superb. The female power was all at display throughout the event.

The panel discussion was the highlight of the day. Each of the panelists had an amazing story to share. They patiently and clearly answered every question including those from the audiences. Their experience and wisdom spoke very eloquently. Games added a dash of fun and creativity to the show. It was an absolute delight to experience it all.

Shakti offers a very unique and meaningful platform for local girls and women to come together, and to inspire and empower each other. Thanks to Amita Khare, founder of Shakti, for this wonderful idea and for getting it rolling with such a perfection.
By Ramna Sharma - Author of 'Gritty Girl' -