SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 24 & 25, "America's most valuable import," the alumni of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT-ians), will host the annual IIT Global Leadership Conference (GLC), at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The event will share perspectives on creating the two essential building blocks of a flourishing community: succeeding and giving back. On July 23, IIT women alumni will also host a pre-conference event to celebrate women power with top women leaders. This conference is open for all.
Since 2003, the sell-out IIT conferences have featured iconic speakers such as Bill Gates, Jeff Immelt, Bill Clinton, Manmohan Singh (former Prime minister of India), Vicente Fox (former President of Mexico), Amartya Sen (Nobel Laureate), and other global luminaries.
At IIT GLC, 125+ leaders will share stories via 40+ panels & 16 keynotes about what it takes to rise to the top of Fortune 500 corporations, succeed as entrepreneurs, become inspirational educators, spark innovation in R&D, and contribute to society by giving back.
The conference will bring leaders from all walks of lives – a Nobel laureate, an Indian ambassador, a national award winner classical dancer, a movie director, four Forbes billionaires, many philanthropists, Sacramento kings owner, SF 49ers president - to name a few, who will explore topics beyond technology such as:
- Future of India, Indo-US business relations
- Challenges in developing economies: water or the Internet?
- Innovation for the bottom of the pyramid
- Technology in sports and education
- Changing careers from technology to other areas, and
- Challenges and approaches to philanthropy and giving back
The program includes two evenings of entertainment by world-class artists that appeal to all generations.
The 2015 conference will feature keynotes by Elizabeth Holmes (CEO of Theranos ), the youngest self-made female billionaire; John Chambers (CEO of Cisco), making his last appearance before retiring; Pat Gelsinger (CEO of VMWare), who brings both a hardware and software perspective; Salman Khan (founder of Khan Academy), who revolutionized free primary and grade school education. In addition, there will be plenary sessions by leading IIT-ians.
It has been 60 years since the first IIT-ian migrated from India, today's largest democracy, to the world's oldest democracy, the United States. To commemorate that occasion, a coffee-table book, Impact of IIT-ians in the USA, will be unveiled for the first time.
About IIT (Indian Institute of Technology)
The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are autonomous public institutes of higher education, located in India. They are governed by the India's Institutes of Technology Act, 1961, which has declared them as "institutions of national importance."
ABOUT PANIIT Inc. & IIT-ians:
PANIIT Inc. is a 501c (6) not-for-profit, US based organization of the alumni from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs):
- A recent study by Brown University highlights that "Alumni from the five IITs together accounted for 122 computer science faculty in the top 50 American universities, second only to MIT, the top contributor with 127 faculty members."
- "IITs are ranked fourth (just ahead of Harvard) in a new ranking of the top 50 universities that have produced VC-backed founders." –Pitch Book Data, a US-based PE and VC research firm. See latest collection of companies founded by IIT-ians.
"Put Harvard, MIT and Princeton together and you begin to get an idea of the status of this university in India." – CBS 60 MINUTES, Imported from India, by Lesley Stahl.
SOURCE PANIIT Inc.