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An Evening with Grass Root Entrepreneurs (April 30, 2010)

- Have you felt like giving up your job to pursue your passion?
- Have you wondered how to do it all?
- Want to keep your job to pay the bills but do something you are passionate about?
- Want to meet people who taken that leap of faith against all odds?

Lend-A-Hand India is an experiment in social entrepreneurship itself and presented an evening with young and passionate entrepreneurs who are in the midst of pursuing their dream in our very own New York City! Over 80 attendees listened to Tawny Ong, Quentin English and Melanie Kannokada as they shared stories of their pursuit of happiness against all odds. Panel discussion was moderated by Michael Pollack. (See below for the bios)

Sponsored and Hosted by A.T. Kearneyanel Members:

Tawny Ong, Desserts by Tawny Ong :
After spending few years in the world of finance, Tawny gave it all up when one day she was passing by the open doors of a well-known New York City cupcake bakery and was captivated by the smell of baked goods and rest is history ! Since than she has catered several times for the Mayor at Gracie Mansion, has been featured in Fox Business News as well as in awarded in TimeOut NY as one of NYC's best wedding cakes and baked a welcome home cake for Lady Gaga's for her Monster Ball tour at Radio City Music Hall.

Quentin English, Founder, "Quentin's Friends":
With a day job of Director of Branding at Citi, Quentin runs "Quentin's Friends", an invitation-only paid subscription online community with thousands of members who actively seek to help each other. Based on the principle that our friends are people with whom we share certain values, all the Members make a commitment that, in all dealings with their fellow members, they will respect and uphold the community's core founding Values.

Melanie Kannokada, Actress and Model:
Melanie, a mechanical engineer from Stanford and ex-consultant from McKinsey, gave it all up to make a leap into the world of entertainment. She has been featured in over twenty advertising and fashion campaigns including Herbal Essences and Verizon, hosted two national television shows, and can soon be seen in the international feature film "Bicycle Bride". She also hosts "Destination Bollywood," the first-ever Bollywood variety show to be fully produced and aired exclusively in North America, airing weekly on Star India and SET Asia.


Michael Pollack, President SCA Charitable Foundation
Mr. Pollack is the President of SCA Charitable Foundation and, in that capacity, has been extremely active in venture stage philanthropy in India, backing a number of education based projects throughout India. Mr. Pollack is also the Managing Partner of Pollack Holdings, his family office. Prior to founding Pollack Holdings, in 2001 Mr. Pollack co-founded and was General Partner of Glenhill Capital, a global, multi-sector equities hedge fund which grew to over $2.5 billion in assets under his management. Mr. Pollack graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

About A.T. Kearney:
A.T. Kearney is a global team of innovative, insightful and collaborative experts who deliver creative, meaningful and, above all, sustainable results. For more information visit www.atkearney.com


About Lend-A-Hand India Founded by young professionals based in New York, Lend-A-Hand India (LAHI), provides job and critical life skills training, career counseling and bridge loans to young entrepreneurs from rural India.

Currently, working in government aided high schools in the remote parts of Maharashtra, LAHI runs a three year job and life skills training program in 50 villages reaching more than 8,000 students. We recruit local trade practitioners (carpenters, plumbers, electricians, agriculturists etc) to teach trade skills at local high schools for one a day week for three years, making the high school education much more practical and relevant.

For more information, write to lahi<at>lend-a-hand-india.org

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