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President's Notes, September 2018

September 14, 2018
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President's Notes, September 2018

Dear TiE DC Community:

We've jumped in to autumn and look forward to seeing you! Your Board has been hard at work on developing topics and speakers that will offer highly informative, relevant programs for you. And, we have some fun social events planned, as well. In this month's newsletter, please find:

  • Go to the Movies: DCSAFF This Weekend!
  • TiE Tuesday on 9/18 with Amita Shukla
  • Upcoming Events in our Fall Calendar
  • Aid for Kerala
  • New Opportunities... We're Hiring!

Washington DC South Asian Film Festival, September 7-9

The DC South Asian Arts Council, in partnership with Montgomery College and Women in Films and Television, presents the 7th Annual Washington DC South Asian Film Festival. TiE DC is once again a proud sponsor of this event. We hope you will take time to see some of the outstanding films selected this year.

Register Today for TiE Tuesday, September 18

Amita Shukla with Mastering the Entrepreneurial Mindset
Sapphire Restaurant
Tysons Corner
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Amita Shukla, founder and CEO of Vitamita and author of Enduring Edge: Transforming How We Think, Create and Change, will lead a thought-provoking, interactive workshop on training the mind to foster agility, resilience, creativity, and success. She will share powerful insights on how great entrepreneurs and innovators think differently and offer simple tools anyone can apply to gain an enduring edge over their mind.

TiE DC Fall Calendar

Here are just a few of the upcoming programs we have in the works. Stay tuned for more:

  • Monday, October 22: Growing & Scaling Your GovCon Business
  • Friday, November 9: Joint Event with Harvard Business School
  • Sunday, November 18: Diwali Celebration
  • Friday, December 7: Annual Gala

Aid for Kerala

Kerala State experienced unprecedented rainfall leading to a devastating flood situation during August 2018. 370 lives were lost, 1 million people were displaced and sought shelter in more than 3,000 relief camps. Rs 30000 Crores is the estimated loss (US$ 4 Billion) which is likely to go up further. The loss is close to state’s annual budget. Agricultural losses includes widespread crop damage, massive loss of rubber and tea plantations, among others. Over 100,000 buildings, 10,000 kilometers of road and 221 bridges were damaged.

TiE Kerala with the active participation and contribution of its members across the State has extended full support to provide relief and assistance in the flood affected regions of Kerala in collaboration with Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation and The Kerala State Small Industries Association.

Keeping in view the magnitude of the impact, TiE Kerala is planning to have a long term engagement in the State with regard to rehabilitation and rebuilding. TiE Kerala, with support from TiE Global and its members the world over, wants to implement high impact projects to rebuild infrastructure, revive agriculture, strengthen education facilities, enable financial security through skill training and alternative livelihood opportunities and ensure accessibility of healthcare services. We need support and financial contributions from the TiE fraternity from India as well as from all over the world. Every penny counts and will support the massive efforts that are going on.

Please contact Vijay Menon at TiE Global for more information, if you would like to find a way to contribute.

Thank You, Robin & Jess/Blue Egg! New Opportunities... We're Hiring!

For close to seven years, Robin Dvorak and Jess Maier of Blue Egg have been TiE DC's heart and soul, managing communications with members, program marketing and production, social media channels, and the back office operations of our organization. We are at once sad to see them go and wish them every success as Blue Egg focuses on new opportunities in its core mission of being the marketing department for small business owners.

Blue Egg will continue to work with TiE DC through the end of the year to help us successfully transition. Please join us in extending our thanks to them for their dedication to TiE DC and our entrepreneurial community.

This also means that we have a new opportunity for a dynamic individual or team who can work with TiE DC as we enter our next chapter. Please contact TiE DC President-Elect Smita Siddhanti if you would like more information about this position.


As this new season begins, we wish you tremendous success. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of our TiE DC Board to let us know how we can be helpful to you in your entrepreneurial endeavors.

Best regards,

Sheela Murthy
TiE DC President

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