Dubbed “Exclusive: Iconic Women” the women’s empowerment and social justice campaign 2017 includes powerful, bold, beautiful, and inspirational women who are immigrants or daughters of immigrants from South Asia making a mark on the world.
The 501 (C)(3) charity’s popular calendar includes Nobel Prize Winning Malala Yousafzai, Houston University President/Chancellor Dr. Renu Khator, the winner of the equivalent of “Sports Hall of Fame” in India Roopa Unnikrishnan,, and an Atlanta CEO whose PurseN travel organizer product is named on coveted Oprah’s “Most Favorite Things” List for 2017.
“What an incredible tour de force! Congratulations on your vision and beautiful result.,” wrote the exemplary and humble Dr. Bhatia to the Saris to Suits Founder Patti Tripathi, who was one of the first television news anchor of Indian heritage and now a film liaison and global media professional. “It’s sure to inspire many hearts and minds. It made me teary to look through it. It’s optimistic and strong and beautiful. Thank you so much for including me in this project.”
Tripathi said she is in “just WOW” with the June calendar role model who is the winner of what is equivalent to the “Oscar for Inventors.” Bhatia who is a young mother of two young girls, is a biomedical engineer with a Ph.D. from MIT and an M.D. from Harvard. Using computer-chip technology, this down-to-earth researcher has devised a way to craft “micro-livers” in her lab, an innovation that could lead to artificial organs for transplant.
The calendar includes renowned and not as well known, but extraordinary women doing important work and getting beyond the hurdle of being immigrants and daughters of immigrants. Tripathi said “They are role models for the American Dream and that it is achievable for each and every girl with hard work, education, and determination.” The calendar includes role models’ favorite empowerment quote, world holidays, and important days of women in history. It may be purchased from the website: www.SarisToSuits.org
The calendar year begins with Uganda-born, Canadian raised Punjabi American Hardeep Melamed. Her PurseN travel and purse organizer has catapulted into a rage for stylish women on the go. Former network news anchor Kiran Chetry is the role model for the month of February. She launches a quarterly magazine called “The Nepalese American Magazine.” March belongs to Dr. Renu Khator is the first India-born American to head a major research academic institution. She’s the President, of University of Houston and the Chancellor of the University of Houston System. Her daughters are brilliant ophthalmologists in Sarasota, FL and Atlanta.
April role model is the Sally Byrd Citizenship Award winner, which is the highest honor given to a single university senior every year for leadership and service at the University of Maryland. As a young Pakistani-Indian American Muslim women she’s gone door to door wearing her head scarf to earn a place in Prince George’s County school board.
July is the birth Month of Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. She fights for equality and the rights of all children without border to receive a full, free, and adequate education. Written on the page of her month is the powerful quote, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” August belongs to Roopa Unnikrishnan, an Indian-born innovation consultant, who is an Arjun award winning shooter. This iconic role model East to West is married to the Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York Sree Srinivasan.
September role model is the youngest, Rayna Chandra. The daughter of Ocala and Long Boat Key physicians wants to study the law to defend women and victims of domestic violence. At the age of 16 she accomplished a huge “feet” by becoming the world champion for ballroom dancing. Activist Dr. Nazeera Dawood is the month of October. Cara Yar Khan was on a mission to serve the world’s children when she discovered she has a rare muscle-wasting condition. She plans a Grand Canyon Expedition to break down the stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities.
The last month of the year is the beautiful and powerful Dr. Vanila Singh who is a professor and physician at Stanford University. She ran for Congress as a Republican in 2014. Two Floridians have a shared month of January 2018 – they are PwC’s Reshmee Bharratt of Tampa and Orlando who has served on the board of Saris to Suits; and Puneet Singh, a graduate of New College who volunteered with writing for the inaugural 2014 Saris to Suits campaign.
The vibrant calendars with powerful quotes and world holidays are available for purchase from the website: www.SarisToSuits.org. Organizations serving women and girls nationwide are beneficiaries of the charity campaign