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ISW PEN - PROFESSIONAL & ENTREPRENEURIAL NETWORK

ISW Professional and Entrepreneurial Network is a forum based in MetroWest Boston for likeminded professionals and entrepreneurs to network, exchange ideas and learn from other's experience. The ISW India Center, at 152 Main St Shrewsbury, serves as a hub for a variety of activities and programs that encourage professional growth and entrepreneurial activities. Some of the activities include:

  • Monthly Meetups on the second Tuesday of the month consisting of panel discussions, seminars and workshops
  • Mentorship Programs to help members professionally and entrepreneurially
  • Helping members understand small business ownership and franchise opportunities
  • Educational sessions around financial planning
  • WFH@ISW Thursdays, Work From Home at ISW if you are looking for a change of scenery

ISW PEN Organizing Committee

  • Ragoo Raghunathan, Chair
  • Kelly Mittal, Co-chair
  • Manoharan Ganapathy, ISW EB Liaison
  • Ashish Cowlagi
  • Raj Melville
  • Puneet Kohli, ISW President

Contact us at: PEN@iswonline.org

Also check out our LinkedIn page and our Meetup page. 

UPCOMING EVENTS


Summary of past events

April 9, 2022

Estate Planning Demystified! 

This month’s ISW-PEN session was a very interesting and popular topic - Estate Planning Demystified! It gave an opportunity for the attendees to learn from experts on how to protect your assets while providing for your loved ones! A terrific panel provided advice on:

  • What is estate planning and what are the components of an estate plan?
  • Why do you need estate planning? When is the right time?
  • How to protect your estate from paying excessive taxes?
  • The advantages and disadvantages of Wills and Living Trusts.

Tom Flannagan, Estate Planning and Probate administration and Kanan Sachdeva, Financial Advisor from Northwestern Mutual, engaged a very eager audience discussing and clarifying doubts. Event with the event drawing to a close, the questions kept on coming. Many stayed on afterwards to discuss with the speakers, network among themselves and to partake of a lunch that was provided. With the interest in this topic and several unanswered questions lingering, ISW PEN will plan on holding another session on this subject in the future. The event was broadcast on Facebook Live and is available for those who could not attend on the ISW Facebook page. We thank the speakers and look forward to having them again sometime soon. 


March 12, 2022

Getting Past the Gatekeeper! – An ISW PEN Resume Clinic

A stellar panel of senior hiring managers consisting of Girish Bettadpur, General Manager, Amazon Web Services, Event Management services; Rob Studivan, Corporate Recruiter, eClinicalWorks; Puneet Kohli, V.P. Engineering, Rocket Software; and Nitin Kohli, Vice President, Salesforce was ably moderated by Navinkumar Loganathan, Business Intelligence Data Architect at Boston Consulting Group. The panel addressed several questions regarding the hiring process and resume presentation and shared anecdotes. The interaction was recorded on Facebook and can be viewed here.  





February 16, 2022

OurCrowd – A Hybrid Venture Capital and Crowd Investing Model


ISW Professional & Entrepreneurial Network (ISW PEN) held an online webinar presented by OurCrowd, an online hybrid Venture Capital and Crowd Investing platform that was moderated by Rajesh Kasbekar, Global Vice President of Regulatory, Quality Systems and Clinical Affairs, Kaz USA. Over 20 people got a quick introduction on how Venture Capital works and a deeper dive into the OurCrowd platform. Based in Israel, a hotbed of tech innovation, the company has expanded to the US and provides access to pre-IPO startups as part of early stage funding. Their unique model allows accredited investors to co-invest directly in companies or as part of a fund. Startups that would like to avail of this platform can upload their info on their website and will be reviewed by their investment team. If you missed it, you can hear the discussion on the ISW Facebook page.


December 18, 2021
Launching your own small business – Journey from basement to market

ISW Professional and Entrepreneurial Network (PEN) held one of its most popular events on Saturday, December 18th. The topic was Launching your own small business – Journey from basement to market” moderated by Kelly Mittal, co-chair of the ISW PEN initiative. The room had a very participative and captive audience as Margie introduced EforAll - a non-profit organization that enables underrepresented individuals successfully start their own businesses - as exemplified by two graduates of the program on the panel, Charles Luster founder of 2GetherWeEat and Pooja and Vishal Suchde, founders of Namaste Woo at the Worcester Public Market and Urban Spice World.  

Their journeys were very inspiring and quite revealing of the commitments that one must make in order to start and get a business off the ground in this competitive market. Check out the live video streamed on our FB site here.

October  9, 2021

Job Search Strategies

The ISW-PEN initiative held its fifth consecutive monthly event on October 9th at the India Center. As always, a good crowd of curious attendees interacted with the speakers about various strategies for job searching during these tough times. The panel consisted of experienced professionals including Vinay Vyas, Shaikh Hoque and Dr. Rangaprasad Sarangarajan who presented an overall 360 degree perspective from the recruiter, the hiring manager and the jobseeker’s points of view. 

Topics discussed included the importance of an updated and strategic resume, how to avoid the resume blackhole, how to get the attention of a hiring manager, and how to prepare yourself mentally before you start your job search. The many questions asked and answered hopefully enabled some of our community with tools for their professional journey.

Please join us at upcoming ISW PEN events held at 11 am on every second Saturday at the India Center. Due to the many Diwali celebrations at the center, the November event is cancelled. Please feel free to suggest topics you would like discussed or potential for speakers for upcoming events. Contact us at PEN@iswonline.org

September 11, 2021

Planning for your financial future

Fin Planning PanelA rapt audience was engaged in conversation with an expert panel of financial advisors consisting of Kanan Sachdeva, Sharat Amin and Kartik Trivedi. The discussion ran for an hour and thirty minutes and covered a range of topics to help people develop a financial strategy.

Panel for Fin Planning session"The meetup was a great opportunity for the community to be educated on financial matters," said Sankaran Natarajan who moderated the panel. The participants had an interactive session with the panelists and the first session covered general topics like types of insurance and its benefits. The ISW-PEN team is planning more such discussions to educate its members on other financial instruments to invest for their future. These sessions will greatly benefit our community to navigate the various investment opportunities available in establishing their financial stability. We plan to cover more such topics in the upcoming sessions of the ISW-PEN initiative.


August 14, 2021

Is Business Ownership an option for you?

Business Ownership PanelA interested group of attendees held an interactive discussion session with speakers Suzanne Gray and Peter Berson describing the Why, When and What of Business Ownership. 

Panelists:

  • Suzanne Gray https://www.linkedin.com/in/suzannegray/
  • Peter Berson https://www.linkedin.com/in/bersonpeter/
  • Renuka Garg: https://www.linkedin.com/in/renuka-garg-320b2579/

July 10, 2021

Elevator Pitch Workshop

Elevator Pitch WorkshopThe ISW PEN July Meetup was a great success with 25+ attendees who heard serial entrepreneur Venkat Kolluri, founder Chitika and Cidewalk, speak of his entrepreneurial journey and the importance of marketing. Kelly Mittal, Founder & CEO, MyKidzDay moderated the session. Abhas Jain, Principal, MyKidzDay led the audience on a Elevator Pitch workshop on refining their business pitch.

Agenda for meeting was:

  • Welcome & Goals of Entrepreneurship meetups: Kelly Mittal, Founder & CEO, myKidzDay https://www.linkedin.com/in/mykidzday/
  • Startup Founder Entrepreneurial stories and Q&A: Venkat Kolluri, Founder Chitika, Krosslink and Cidewalk https://www.linkedin.com/in/venkatkolluri/
  • Elevator Pitch Workshop- Abhas Jain, Principal MyKidzDay, former Faculty Johnson & Wales University MBA program https://www.linkedin.com/in/abhasjain/
  • Networking time

June 12, 2021

Inaugural PEN Meeting

First PEN meetingThe first meetup of the ISW Professional and Entrepreneurial Networking (PEN) initiative was held at the newly renovated India Center on Saturday, June 12th, 2021 at 11 am. Over 20 attendees from Shrewsbury, Northboro, Southboro, Westboro, Grafton and Worcester attended the nearly two hour meeting. The attendees were accomplished professionals from diverse fields such as Computer Science, Information Technology, STEM, Medicine, Education as well as small business owners. They shared their backgrounds and how they could contribute to the community.


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