Meet the WE Local India Keynote Speakers

WE Local's India Keynote speakers come from varying backgrounds and experiences. Attendees are sure to leave feeling inspired and energized.

Join us in Bengaluru April 11-13, 2019!

Whether it’s through keynote speakers, the 40+ educational sessions or unlimited networking opportunities, inspiration awaits at WE Local India! We hope to see you there next month! Register here.


Opening Keynote

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Global CEO coach, leadership keynote speaker and writer, Sabina Nawaz

Sabina Nawaz
Nawaz Consulting, LLC 

In the Opening Keynote, Sabina Nawaz explores how, as human beings, we’re all susceptible to “junk mail” in our minds. Like the unwanted mail, we receive in our inboxes, these messages signal that we don’t measure up and we need riches, power, and external validation to be successful. When our filters fail us and we “click” on these messages, they release malware in our minds. The resulting onslaught of negative messages has the power to stall our careers and our dreams. The session reveals how successful leaders deal with junk mail more effectively by designing better filters.

Participants will learn the three ways to design effective filters and four action steps to help achieve their goals.

About Sabina Nawaz
Sabina Nawaz is a global CEO coach, leadership keynote speaker, and writer working in over 26 countries. She advises C-level executives in Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, non-profits and academic institutions. Sabina also teaches faculty at Northeastern University and facilitates a faculty fellowship development program at Drexel University. Previously she spent over 14 years at Microsoft. There Sabina led the company’s executive development and succession planning efforts for over 11,000 managers and 700 executives. In addition, Sabina has spoken at hundreds of seminars, events, and conferences including TEDx. Currently, she sits on the board of Power and Systems, a leadership development institute. Sabina believes the greatest privilege of working with executives is bearing witness to their acts of courage. Look for more stories, insights, and advice on thriving as a leader on,, and Please connect with her on Twitter.

Sabina’s education includes a B.A. in Computer Science with a minor in Electronics from Smith College, an M.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and several certifications and advanced training in leadership development.


Executive Reception Keynote

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Social psychologist, Rachel Korn, Ph.D.

Rachel Korn
Director of Research, Center for WorkLife Law 

Rachel Korn is the Director of Research at the Center for WorkLife Law, a research and advocacy organization at UC Hastings College of the Law that seeks to advance gender and racial equity in the workplace and in higher education. Rachel is a Social Psychologist with a background in quantitative research methods and survey design. Her research at the Center has primarily focused on studying the correlates and consequences of gender, racial, and class bias in the workplace.

Prior to joining WorkLife Law, Rachel was a Research Consultant at Circadia Labs, where she conducted research on empirical projects examining motivation in dreams using natural language processing. She also worked as Research Director for a city council campaign in Rochester, New York. Rachel holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Rochester. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech.


Closing Keynote

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Practitioner, coach, mentor and mindfulness practitioner, Smita Tharoor

Smita Tharoor
Unconscious Bias Trainer, Tharoor Associates 

Smita Tharoor wears two hats. She is the CEO of MnA Genome, an organisation that offers a unique Artificial Intelligence platform that helps give you a single entropy score for your company’s culture. She is also the founder of Tharoor Associates, a training, coaching and organisational development company that understands the importance of stories- both personal and corporate- and their role in defining an organisation’s identity and practices.

She is the recipient of the “Global Diversity Leadership” Award at the 2017 World HRD Congress. She is a consultant with the Disability Arts, Culture & Human Rights group Together. She provides training for Warwick Universities Executive Leadership Programme.

Smita is an associate professor at Jindal University, India and is currently completing her postgraduate in education from the University of Arts, London. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, Coach, Mentor and Mindfulness Practitioner Smita is a motivational keynote speaker and trainer. Whether it’s speaking to 350 women at a gender conference in Philadelphia or Penang, at a BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) conference in London or to a group of banking professionals in Bombay,

Smita is empowering and inspiring. She connects with the audience on a personal level and people remember the talk long after it was given. Growing up in pluralistic India taught her the value of tolerance and the appreciation of accepting differences. She is passionate about the unconscious bias and how it impacts on all aspects of leadership development. Her experience working in the UK, India, Europe, Asia and the USA gives her a unique advantage in understanding the expectations and needs of different cultures.


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Join the Outreach Workshop at WE Local India on Saturday, April 13. The workshop takes place from 10:00-13:00 and includes a networking lunch. Attendees will:

  • Be eligible for a grant to implement an outreach event in their community
  • Learn about outreach at SWE and how to get involved
  • Receive training on how to implement an outreach event and discuss best practices with fellow participants
  • Learn about SWENext, the official SWE program for students under age 18
  • Be recognized with an Outreach Ambassador certificate

Register for the Outreach Workshop.

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