Dawinder Singh SidhuLaw Professor, Georgetown University
Dawinder S. Sidhu is a law professor who teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law and criminal law. He has taught at Georgetown, Maryland, Baltimore, and New Mexico, and held research positions at Georgetown, Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford. He has worked at the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Sentencing Commission, U.S. District Court, U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, and U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. His writings have appeared in The Atlantic, New Republic, and Baltimore Sun, among other places. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Guru Nanak Foundation of America, the oldest gurdwara in Maryland, which his father helped found.
Harbir Kaur BhatiaHead of Community Benefit & Innovation Division at Silicon Sage
Harbir is a trusted community leader in professional and social networks. Today she heads the Community Benefit & Innovation Division at Silicon Sage and previously founded the Digital Transformation Practice at Selectiva Systems, and founded ooNee Studios–a Digital Transformation, Media & Marketing Services company. She started working in Lockheed Martin as a Systems Engineer, then moved into the software and consulting industry, and also has been a serial entrepreneur. Her education includes a Masters in Engineering and a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering. Sikhi inspires her to strive for excellence, take responsibility for the world around her, and recognize all as equal.
Alongside, she has been a community organizer for most of her life, and considers herself a civic entrepreneur at heart. Her motto is "Be a tide that raises all boats", and hence supports initiatives that promote continuous learning, innovation, and economic and social empowerment. Harbir serves on a variety of boards and organizations such as Board Member of Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Committee, The Women's Forum, Board Member of SC Library Foundation, San Jose Gurdwara Relations Committee, Santa Clara Cultural Commission, Advisor to Joy of SEWA, TiE Con Leadership Team – and more.
Most recently she launched IK Onkar Bridges, a tourism and social impact company. She has received multiple awards for her leadership, "Leadership In Business", "The Community Hero Award", "Women's Empowerment: Inspiring Achievement Award", State of California Assembly Recognition for "Bettering Community", and more. Harbir loves creating awareness, connecting people and innovation. She is on a constant quest to create value and make things better!
Jas Singh SajjanManager of Public Affairs & Strategic Communications, San Francisco 49ers
Prior to joining the 49ers, Jas lived in Washington, D.C. and worked as a Government Relations Senior Associate at the Glover Park Group. At GPG, he worked for clients across a wide spectrum of industries, ranging from sovereign countries to ride-sharing companies, and energy trade associations.
Outside of the office, Jas sits on the Advisory Board for the National Sikh Campaign, with a focus on policy initiatives. On behalf of the organization, Jas led a Congressional letter to President Obama, asking him to visit a Gurdwara before he left office. The letter garnered bipartisan support, with 20 Members of Congress signing on. While the President was unable to visit a Gurdwara, the letter did spark more active engagement with the Administration. Additionally, Jas represented the National Sikh Campaign at two Federal interagency religious discrimination panels in Newark, NJ and Birmingham, AL and helped with the launch of the Know Your Neighbor initiative at the Obama White House.
Jas holds a B.A. from American University. He currently serves on the board of the Mission City Community Fund in Santa Clara, CA.
Serene Kaur SinghTruman and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Colorado
Serene Singh is a Boettcher, Truman and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Colorado with majors in Political Science and Journalism and a minor in Leadership Studies. She serves as Chief Justice of her Student Government and President of the Political Science Honors Society. As Founder of the National Sikh Youth Program, Colorado Bhangra Team (Punjabi Indian folk dance), and CU Boulder Sikh Student Association, Serene is passionate about challenging stereotypes and spreading love. A former America's Junior Miss, Serene's pageantry experience inspires her to empower women worldwide, which has led her to create The Serenity Project nonprofit to empower at-risk women, work for Mrs. Obama and the Girls Opportunity Alliance to improve girls' education, and represent the United States as a Dalai Lama Fellow, Top 60 in the world Global Changemaker, and most recently... a 2019 Rhodes Scholar, the very first female in the history of the University of Colorado to win this prestigious award. Her other hobbies include painting, rapping, snowboarding, and videography.
Sumeet KaurAnalyst at U.S. Department of Justice
Sumeet Kaur is a founding member, former Chief of Staff, and current Advisory Board member for the National Sikh Campaign. Since the beginning, Sumeet has been an integral part in forming the identity and leading the direction of the organization.
Sumeet's wide-range of interests and constant advocacy have landed her in positions working for an environmental non-profit, a women's health organization, and the civil service.
She previously worked as a program manager for EcoSikh, an NGO that organizes the Sikh community around environmental issues. Sumeet was also a fellow for the American Security Project, where she researched and wrote on national security policy.
Currently, as an analyst in the public sector, Sumeet's work focuses on security issues. She is based out of the Washington, D.C. area.
Vijay ChatthaFounder and CEO of VSC
Vijay Chattha is Founder and CEO of VSC, a strategic communications firm based in San Francisco and Brooklyn.
The firm has represented 4 IPOs, 7 unicorns, and 44 exits, in addition to 350+ brands, such as Softbank, Sony, Admob, Sequoia, Zume, Mammoth Diagnostics, Ada Health, Mopub, Tile, Molekule, Fastly, Osmo, Honeybook, PAX Labs and more. VSC has earned industry accolades with 100+ communications awards including the Holmes Report's Sabre Awards, the Stevie Awards, and a Bulldog Stars of PR Award, as well as recognition in PR week's 40 under 40, Business Insider's Top 50 Tech Influencers, and Robert Scoble's Top PR firms.
For the last 30 years, Vijay has applied his passion for building greater visibility of South Asian culture and history across art, music and literature. Vijay served as coordinator of the Smithsonian Sikh Heritage Gallery at the National History Museum and is founder of Punjabi Funk and HipHop Music Collective Blackmahal. Chattha also co-founded Project Ahimsa, a global effort to empower youth through music which has delivered over 100 music education grants to programs in 15 countries.