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IITAGH’s Second Mentoring Event

By Vikas Gautam

HOUSTON: About 25 people gathered at India House on Saturday, March 31, when the IIT Alumni of Greater Houston organized its second mentoring event of 2012 on “Out of the Box Networking”. The event started with 20 minutes of informal networking over tea and snacks, compliments of IITAGH, followed by 45 minutes of presentation by Vinod Sharma, senior manager at Exponent Inc.

Following a welcome note and introduction by the IITAGH President Witty Bindra, Vinod Sharma gave insights on spiritual underpinnings. Vedanta principles emphasize the personal responsibility we bear and opportunities we share to sharpen the proverbial saw of our judgment through social networking. These spiritual concepts drawn from the Bhagavad Gita reaffirm the strategic relevance of living in consultation with honesty, humility and transparency.

After the presentation, three IITAGH trustees – Pradeep Anand, Sundy Srinivasan and Abhijit Gadgil took the floor in a panel discussion format. They shared their experiences on networking and mentoring with the audience by their insightful and profound comments. The panelists discussed about the giving before receiving, and noted how the networks are established and nourished. They shared examples of social networks like LinkedIn, IACF, etc. that they were part of, and also discussed the richness and satisfaction of being both in mainstream and specific (to India) organizations.

Finally, the floor was opened up for questions and a lively Q&A session entailed discussed aspects of relationships including three types – receiving, reciprocal and giving. The event ended with a note of thanks to all the panelists, and specially Vinod for making time to give his very interesting talk. Some people stayed around for another round of networking after the event.

IITAGH has several events planned for the year, including a “Rock for Charity” concert on April 7, a Spiritual Talk on May 5, and a Children’s Play and the Annual Picnic in October.


For more information,  visit www.iitagh.org.


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