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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. 


Summary of past events

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. 


  • 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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