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Concerned. Does anyone know who #RajPamnani is?

A strange man showed up to my ladies event today at the Rubin museum. He said he bought a ticket. He did not. He said he was writing an article about The Culture Tree for Vanity Fair. The founder had never heard of him.

I'm concerned because now we have young people coming to events. I got his name before i told him this was a ladies event and he was not welcome. Does anyone know who he is?
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Happy Diwali everyone!

As Diwali sets upon us, LadyDrinks teams up with The Culture Tree to host a special tour of the Rubin Museum on Saturday November 11th. A docent will lead us on a tour of a series of Henri Cartier Bresson's photographs of Post Partition India. This is a mother-child event and opportunity to educate the next generation about a time when India was undergoing a major seachange. Buy tix here: http://bit.ly/2hpZIVv

Anu Sehgal is founder of The Culture Tree. She writes, "Henri Cartier-Bresson’s selection of photographs from his travels to India mid-century, is a rare glimpse into the life of Indians pre and post independence. This exhibit is very moving. It is a critical look at India for our American born children. They get to learn about the struggles of life in India, about Gandhi and political leaders of the time. It is a raw reminder to us and to our kids that life is much more complex and layered in other parts of the world."

#ladydrinks #rubinmuseum #henricartierbresson #partition #india #photographs #joyadass #anusehgal #theculturetree #browngirlmagazine
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In November, LadyDrinks features a series of three Mother Daughter events so you we can learn something new-together. November 2nd, Ayman Mukerji Househam, who traditionally leads mindfulness workshops at the Rubin Museum, will be leading our evening meditation and share more about why when a woman runs a business----the most valuable asset is her mind. Details to attend here: http://bit.ly/2w86dTD

Mona Panjwani is partner and co owner of Sparkles Events. She believes her story will resonate with many. "As working adults, our lives are fundamentally different from when our parents were raising us. We have to be committed and passionate as professionals. We have to be involved and focused parents. And we have to be 'oh-so-awesome' given the amount that social media plays in our lives.

Being an event planner, I have so many people to meet, so many factors to consider, and so many moving pieces. Sometimes an event completely takes over my life and admittedly, I'm not in the moment. My brain is running on adrenaline. When I rest, my mind is still going. It's gotten used to the constant need for engagement.

I would call myself an anxious person. But I want to ENJOY all the roles I play, most importantly mom! I am mother to two beautiful young children, and I want to be there mentally and physically for their precious years. I briefly dabbled with meditation a year ago. It helped me take control of my mind. It helped to create balance. It increased my focus. It increased my sense of awareness. Life took over again and I haven't been able to make it a consistent part of my life, SO I'm so looking forward to re-igniting the practice with Ayman at the LadyDrinks event on November 2nd."

#ladydrinks #rubinmuseum #meditation #event #networking #joyadass #monapanjwani #sparkles events #businesswomen
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In November, LadyDrinks features a series of three Mother Daughter events so you we can learn something new---together. November 2nd, Ayman Mukerji Househam, who traditionally leads mindfulness workshops at the Rubin Museum, will be leading our evening meditation and share more about why when a woman runs a business----the most valuable asset is her mind. Later today, I'll share an interview with Ayman. Details to attend here: http://bit.ly/2w86dTD

Sherri Sharma is an attorney with Aronson Mayefsky and Sloan in Manhattan. While she admits her mother is a big believer in yoga and meditation, she is in Boston and won't be able to come. But Sherri is looking forward to attending, and LEARNING about the practice. "Because my brain never stops. I am never living in the present – I am consumed with what I need to do next, what I forgot to do, what I will do, what I shouldn’t have done. I want to stop. Enjoy. And just breathe."

#ladydrinks #meditationworkshop #joyadass #rubinmuseum #networking #women #southasianwomennetworking #businessowners
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Saturday November 4th, LadyDrinks hosts its next high tea in Princeton, with special guest Neha Chauhan Woodward, who is the founder and CEO of a line of ethnically diverse dolls called Girls & Co. She created these dolls with legends, sharing about their ambitions to become astronauts, politicians, and movie directors. The initiative was spurred by her desire to see dolls in stores that LOOKED LIKE HER.

So we ask each attendee to share, how important is it for your children to have role models that LOOK LIKE THEM? Details here to attend: http://bit.ly/2h2aJIE

Shilpi Dua is Founder and CEO of 360 Memos and sponsor of this event. She writes, "Last year during Diwali, I took my daughter to Toys"R"Us and told her to choose any toy she wanted. She immediately drifted towards a princess doll with big blue eyes, a pink dress and long golden hair.

I asked her if she wanted another type of doll.

Her answer?

“No”.

Her answer really bothered me. At that moment, I recognized that her ideal of beauty was 'big blue eyes, pink dresses and long golden hair.' She had been brainwashed because of what was available in the stores.

We made sure she knew that princesses hail from all over the world----India, Africa, China---and have dark eyes, light eyes, dark skin, fair skin, dark hair, red hair. In fact, real princesses originated from Russia.

What I love about Girls & Co is that the dolls are part of what society looks like today. I want my little girl to know, just like her little doll, she can be something other than 'blue eyes and golden haired' AND someone who changes the world for the better someday."

#ladydrinks #princeton #networking #smallbusiness #women #girls&co #nehachauhanwoodward #joyadass
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Saturday November 4th, LadyDrinks hosts its next high tea in Princeton, with special guest Neha Chauhan Woodward, who is the founder and CEO of a line of ethnically diverse dolls called Girls & Co. She created these dolls with legends, sharing about their ambitions to become astronauts, politicians, and movie directors. The initiative was spurred by her desire to see dolls in stores that LOOKED LIKE HER.

So we ask each attendee to share, how important is it for your children to have role models that LOOK LIKE THEM? Details here to attend: http://bit.ly/2h2aJIE
Shazia Buskens is founder of Embellabox, a creative line of handmade boxes for every occasion and sponsor of this event. She is also the proud parent of three sons. "They were never conscious of race before this last election, but they enjoy seeing brown people in the media.

The first time they saw Lilly Singh (Superwoman) on YouTube, they felt they saw someone who got them and understood them. She has very positive messages for teens and especially girls, when it comes to loving yourself for who you are. They would watch her clips with their cousins and relate to her stories about being a teenager with traditional Indian parents.

Today, when they see people of mixed race or of Indian background on tv, in sports, as YouTube stars, or as founders of video game companies they know about, they see possibility. They see that these careers and level of success are possible for them too."

#ladydrinks #joyadass #princeton #networking
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NOVEMBER LADYDRINKS MEDITATION WORKSHOP
#ladydrinks #november #businessowners #women #networking #meditation

In November, LadyDrinks featureS a series of three Mother Daughter events so you we can learn something new---together. (Minimum age of 13). November 2nd, Ayman Mukerji Househam who traditionally leads mindfulness workshops at the Rubin Museum, will be leading our evening meditation and share more about why when a woman runs a business, the most valuable asset is her mind. Buy tix here: http://bit.ly/2w86dTD

Kalpana Vaid Mehta is a manager in sales and marketing for Ohm-Designs and she is bringing her daughter, Anjali.

Anjali recently started her yoga practice. Through YouTube videos and, eventually classes, she built an awareness of her breath and body. This steady practice eventually gave way to meditation practice. "Yoga and meditation has not only built my self awareness, it's developed my tolerance for others," says Anjali. "I'm more present and act--- rather than react ---to things around me."

Kalpana writes that Anjali now wants her to try yoga and meditation so she can find the intersection of mind, emotions and body. "The LadyDrinks event on November 2nd seemed the perfect opportunity for both mother and daughter to LEARN and practice together."
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Right on the heels of a successful #LadyDrinks event last night, we dive into the next. Thursday, Sept 21st, we host a fireside chat with another powerful CEO. Sarah Robb O Hagan headed up Gatorade and Equinox before becoming the newly anointed CEO of #Flywheel. She'also wrote a book called "Extreme You" which expounds upon the fact that one needs to take extreme risks in order to get extreme results. To attend, buy tix here: http://bit.ly/2u0hq2Y

As this is a monster 'get' for us to have an audience with Sarah, we have a consortium of South Asian power ladies who have helped to make this event possible. And we asked them, what was the biggest risk YOU have ever taken.

Sonali Pai, is the founder of #Zaniac Jersey City. "I'm the opposite of a risk taker. I'm probably the most practical person you will meet. Very direct, methodical. I got married at 27. I went to Business School. I worked at some of the largest companies in the world. I helped my husband launch and grow his own business.

Yet something was missing. I wanted something to call my own.
It was now or never.

I decided to start my own business. In June I opened a STEAM focused enrichment center for children from K-8th grade called Zaniac. (Mind you, I have no prior experience in education). it wasn't the easiest decision to open this franchise, but for me, it was a risk worth taking.

Will Zaniac get me on the cover of Forbes? Probably not. But helping mold the lives of young children is worth more than financial success."
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#ladydrinks #nyfashionweek
In one week, #LadyDrinks is at NY Fashion Week. I'm not only in conversation with designer Karolina Zmarlak, who has dressed the likes of Morning Joe TV Anchor Mika Brzezinksi and congresswomen in Washington, but we will be hosting the conversation at a fashion incubator, which could offer you a chance to be a part of a brick and mortar store in Soho. Come learn all about it Tuesday Sept 12th. Buy tix here. http://bit.ly/2vwt070

Each day we ask one attendee, WHAT FASHION MEANS TO HER? Preksha Sheth Butala is in CFO Advisory work at Geller and Company and Owner / Photographer / Editor at #PekaPixels "Fashion is reflection of my lifestyle. As a New Yorker, I am always on-the-go, so versatility is key. A bold colored professional dress and pair of comfortable heels not only gives me confidence when I am in the corporate world but gives me the comfort and ability to move quickly to capture the perfect angles and shots when I am doing photoshoots."
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#LadyDrinks is at #NYFashion Week. I'm in conversation with Polish born designer #KarolinaZmarlak at the fashion incubator #Flying Solo Tues Sept 12th. Three ladies who have purchased tickets will be chosen at random to attend the NY Fashion Week show Sept 8th. Details here. http://bit.ly/2vwt070

Each day we ask one attendee, WHAT FASHION MEANS TO HER?

Pressy Inasu is a nurse and founder of Luxe Skin by Pressy. "When I travel, I don't bring back the typical souvenirs: fridge magnets, key chains and bottle openers. I bring back fashion! that remind me of a moment standing in a particular place: plush leather gloves from Portofino, hand made by an elderly Italian man. An Indian-themed silk scarf sold to me by the store manager at Hermes in Paris, dressed so elegantly in a blue silk saree. I love how each piece of my fashion has a memory or a story attached to it."
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