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For the eleventh year, alumni of the Indian Institutes of Technology hosts the IIT Alumni Global Leadership Conference (GLC) There will also be a pre-conference event on July 23 hosted for Women by IIT women alumni. This year’s GLC, themed as the Internet of People, will bring together over 3000 of the best minds, both IITian and non-IITian, to motivate participants to succeed, promote diversity, encourage giving back, and keep them connected in an increasingly virtual world.

IIT GLC 2015 celebrates successes in corporate leadership, as entrepreneurs and encourages giving back. The conference will give attendees a forum to listen to inspiring keynotes, thought-provoking panel discussions and to network amongst each other. The program includes an evening of Sufi music and Kathak dances by artists flown in from India, and another evening of variety entertainment including local artists.

The conference is facilitated by PanIIT Inc., the umbrella organization of IIT alumni in the United States, so as to carry out its mission of branding IITs and keeping IITians connected. These conferences are held every second year in the United States and are run by an all-volunteer team of IITians.

The 2015 conference will feature keynotes from John Chambers (CEO of Cisco), Pat Gelsinger (CEO of VMWare), Elizabeth Holmes (CEO of Theranos and Youngest Self Made Woman Billionaire), Salman Khan (founder of Khan Academy) and leading IITians including Vinod Khosla, Bharat Desai, Shailesh Mehta, Romesh Wadhwani, Sridhar Ramaswamy (Google) and Deep Nishar (LinkedIn).

The 2015 GLC will also include panels that explore various topics like Innovation at/for the Bottom of the Pyramid, Challenges in allocating funds in developing economies for water and the internet, the Vision for the future of India, Online Education, Technology in Sports, Moving from technology to other unrelated areas, and challenges and approaches to philanthropy and giving back.

July 24-25.  Santa Clara Convention Center, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. $220.,

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Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine...