Conference Program

September 11, 2015: Inaugural Ceremony 9:00 am-10:30 am
Welcome Address by Dr. J.L. Raina, ISOL Foundation 9.00a.m.-9.05a.m.
Welcome by Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta, Founder ISOL Foundation & Conference Convener & Dr. Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan,  Research Scientist, Harvard Medical College 9.05a.m.-9.10a.m.
Address by Shri Subhash Patri, Founder Pyramid Spiritual Society Movement, India 9.10a.m.-9.20a.m.
Address by Dr. Mary Nelson, World Parliament of Religions 9.20a.m. 9.25a.m.
Address by Swami  Ishatmananda, Minister, Vivekananda Vedanta Center Chicago 9.25a.m-9.45a.m.
Keynote Address by Dr. Tony Nader, Global Leader, of the world-wide Transcendental Meditation org 9.45a.m.-10.30a.m.
Address by Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Counsel General of India in Chicago 10.30a.m.-10.45a.m.
Release of the Compendium on Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership 10.45a.m.-10.55a.m.
Break 10:55 am -11:00 am
Conference Technical Session Opening Ceremony: Spirituality for Global Economic Development 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Welcome by Dr. Bruce L. Cook, Co-ordinator, ISOL- USA Chapter 11.00a.m.-11.05a.m.
Brief Presentation on ISOL Foundation and Its Initiatives by Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta,  Founder, ISOL Foundation & Conference Convener 11.05a.m.-11.10a.m.
ISOL Chicago Declaration read by Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta and launching of ISOL Global Foundation 11.10a.m.-11.15a.m
Address  by  Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose, The Art Institute of Chicago 11.15a.m.-11.20a.m.
Keynote Address by Ms.Emily Rosenbaum, CEO, Akshaya Patra Foundation, USA 11.20a.m.-11.45a.m.
Keynote Address by Ms. Smita Shah, President & CEO, Spaantech Inc., Chicago 11.45a.m.-12.00p.m.
Address by Dr. Subhash Kak on Culture, Civilization and Trade 12.00p.m.-12.15a.m.
Presidential Address by Padma Shri  Dr. Sudhir M. Parikh, Chairman, Parikh Worldwide Media Inc 12.15p.m.-12.30p.m.

Lunch Break


ISOL Award Ceremony 1.00 p.m.-2.00p.m.
Presentation of the Concept Note of ISOL Various Inaugural Awards by Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta, Founder ISOL Foundation 1.00p.m.-1.15p.m.
Presentation of Award by Dr. J.L.Raina Chairman, ISOL Foundation Governing Body & Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta, Founder ISOL Foundation
Master of the Ceremony –  Prof. Ram Ramanan, Member ISOL Foundation Board of Governors


ISOL Trinity Awards  Trinity Award Winners
Sri Ramakrishna Award for Universal Values Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari Citation, Presentation and Acceptance 1:18 – 1:25 pm
Ma Sharda Award on Women Leadership Connie Lindsey, EVP, Northern Trust Citation, Presentation and Acceptance 1:25 – 1:32 pm
Swami Vivekananda Young Leadership Award on Organizational Excellence Rajesh Sarwadnya, Founder, Vivekananda Youth Connect Citation, Presentation and Acceptance 1:32 – 1:39 pm
Swami Vivekananda Leadership Award  Shri Niranjan Shah, CEO, Globetrotters Group of Companies, USA Citation, Presentation and Acceptance 1:35 – 1:40 pm
Walk back to Audience 1:39 – 1:41 pm
ISOL Awards ISOL Award Winners Re- Seating on Podium 1:41 – 1:44 pm
ISOL Award for Sustainable Development and Ecosystem Management Jeffrey Abramson, Tower Companies Citation and Presentation and Thank you 1:44 – 1:48 pm
ISOL Social Entrepreneur Award 1. Dawn Geras, Save Abandoned Babies2. 2.Mrs. Santosh Kulshrestha Kumar, Metropolitan Asian Family Services Citation and Presentation and Thank you 1:48 – 1:52 pm
ISOL Ethics in Business and Governance Award Hal Taback, Author, Hal Taback Company Citation and Presentation and Thank you 1:52 – 1:56 pm
ISOL Community Programme Award for Indigenous Knowledge, Culture and Heritage Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan, Harvard Medical School Citation and Presentation and Thank you 1:56 – 2:00 pm
ISOL Women Empowerment Award Vasukie Arjunan, Gurukulam School Citation and Presentation and Thank you 2:00 – 2:04 pm


Plenary Session 1 – Remembering The Legacy of Swami Vivekananda  2.10p.m.-3.10p.m
Chair:  Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta, Founder ISOL Foundation  
Spirituality for Global Economic Development –  Shri Gauri Shankar Gupta, High Commissioner, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies 2.10p.m.-2.35p.m.
The Mantra of National Awakening: Swami Vivekananda’s Literary Genius – Prof. Makarand R. Paranjape, Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University  2.35p.m.-3.10p.m.
Interaction and wrap up 3.00p.m.-3.10p.m.
Break  5 minutes
Plenary Session 2 – Swami Vivekananda and The 1893  World Parliament of Religions  3.15p.m.4.15p.m.
Chair: Prof. Makarand R. Paranjape,  Jawaharlal Nehru University  
Swami Vivekananda before  he came to USA in 1893: A Retrospect and Foundations of Ramakrishna Movement – Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta, Founder ISOL Foundation  3.15p.m.-3.25p.m.
The Historical Importance of World Parliament of Religions: Globalization and Religious Pluralism – Dr. William Leshler 3.25p.m.-3.55p.m.
Spiritual Humanism: A Formula that Works by Pravrajika  Gayatriprana 3.55p.m.-4.15p.m.
Coffee Break 4.15p.m.-4.30p.m.  
Plenary Session 3 – Swami Vivekananda’s Thoughts on Leadership, Management and  Economic Development 4:30 pm – 6.00 pm
Chair: Dr. Anil Maheshwari, Associate Professor, Maharishi University of Management, USA  
Swami Vivekananda: A Global Leader by Swami Nikhileshwarananda, Minister, Ramakrishna Mission, Baroda, India 4.30p.m.-4.50p.m. 
Swami Vivekananda’s Leader-Management Model in the Ramakrishna Math and Mission – Pravrajika Brahmaprana, senior nun of the Vedanta Society of Southern California Resident Minister of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas 4.50p.m.-5.10p.m. 
Vedantic Values for Human Development – Dr. Archika Didi, Founder of Life Pathway; Org:  Vishwa Jagriti Mission of North America

Vivekananda, the Visionary Leader: Catalyst in Transforming Society through Ages – Dr. Pradip Dutta, Associate Professor, The Bhawanipur Education Society College, Kolkata, India  5.30p.m.-5.45p.m.
Spirituality for Global Economic Development : The Vivekananda model – Dr. Radhika Nagrath, Board Member, ISOL Foundation  5.45p.m.-6.00p.m.


September 12, 2015  
Venue: Fullerton Hall
Yog & Meditation 8.30a.m.-9.00a.m 
Flute Meditation by  Subhash Patriji, Founder, Pyramid Spiritual Societies Movement  
Plenary Session 4:  Enlightenment and Leadership  
Chair: Ms.  Antonia Filmer, London correspondent for The Sunday Guardian- India  
The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time — And How You Can Cultivate Them” – Dr. Craig Pearson, Executive Vice President, Maharishi University of Management 9.00a.m.-9.25a.m. 
Conscious Research and Economic Development –  John Reed, President, World Institute for Scientific Exploration 9.25a.m.-9.55a.m. 
Sequi Vestigia Christi: Aesthetic Hermeneutics and the Process of Leadership Conversions – Prof.Corné J. Bekker, Professor and Chair, Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry, Regent University College of Arts & Sciences 9.55 a.m- 10.20a.m.
The Meaning of Surrender in Sanatana Dharma: Devotion, Karma,  Gnosis and Guru Bhakti – Prof. Ramnath Narayanswamy,  Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India. 10.20a.m.-10.35a.m.
Interaction and wrap up 10.35a.m.-10.45a.m.
Coffee Break 10.45a.m.-11.00a.m. 
Panel Discussion 1 – Women Leadership and Economic Development  11.00a.m.-12.00p.m.  
Moderator: Dr. Ram Ramanan, Research Professor, Desert Research Institute, USA
Spiritual drivers of process and outcomes for women social entrepreneurs:   India and Mexico- Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on, Rollins College, Florida, USA  
Women and Economic Development -Ms. Antonia Filmer, London correspondent for The Sunday Guardian- India.
Spiritual Drivers Of Motivations And Outcomes For Women Entrepreneurs In India, Mexico, And The USA -Prof. Sharmistha  Banerjee, Department of Business Management Calcutta University, India

Women Leadership and Global Economic Development -Saroja G, Senior Management Role Oil and Gas Sector, Australia.


Interaction and Wrap up
Lunch Break 12.00p.m.-12.30p.m. 
Plenary Session 5 – Spiritual Values in Business & Governance  12.30p.m.-2.00p.m. 
Chair: Dr. Dennis Heaton, Professor, Maharishi University of Management
Leadership in the Knowledge Age: The Role of Spirituality – Prof. P.B.Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Amity University Haryana, Gurgaon & Founder Vice Chancellor, Delhi Technological University 1230p.m.-12.50p.m. 
Management Control in Value-Based Organizations: A Case Study – Dr. Suresh S. Kalagnanam, Edwards School of Business, University of Sasktachewan, Saskatoon,Canada 12.50p.m.-1.10p.m. 
Business Lexicon, Language and Discourse: ‘Doing good’ versus ‘Good doing’  – Prof. Harsh Varma, Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, India. 1.10p.m.-1.30p.m.
Towards the Realization of Vasudeva  Kutumbakm in Ethics, in Global Management and Leadership  – Mr. Mohan Raj Gurubatham, Senior Professor of Psychology and Global Management , HELP University Malaysia 1.30p.m.-1.50p.m.
Interaction and wrap up 1.50p.m. – 2.00p.m.
 Break 5 minutes 
Panel Discussion 2 –  Spirituality in Business and Management 2.05p.m.-3.05p.m 
Moderator: Dr.  P.B.Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Amity University, India  
Spirituality-based Economic Development: Vedic Vision and Perception –  Prof. Shashi Tiwari, Waves – India.  
Ethics and Values in Corporate Governance – Dr. Ram Ramanan , Research Professor, Desert Research Institute, USA  
Peace, Peace,Peace …now and forever – Ms. Nina Meyerhof, President, Children of The Earth, USA  
Dharmic Management: Principles and Practices in Organizations – Dr. Suresh S. Kalagnanam, Edwards School of Business, University of Sasktachewan, Saskatoon,Canada
Leadership, Technology and Veda: Celebrating Human Ingenuity –  Dr.Anil Maheshwari, Associate Professor & Director of Center for Data Analytics Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa.
How to make spirituality work at workplace: A Treatise – Dr. Rajita Singh & Mr. Amit Mitra, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Hyderabad, India  
Coffee Break 3.05p.m.-3.15p.m. 
Panel  Discussion 3 – Spirituality in Governance & Society 3.15p.m.-4.15p.m.. 
Moderator: Prof.Glen Martin, Professor, Philosophy and Peace Studies, Radford University, USA.  
Spiritual Values in Business and Governance  – Shri D.L.N.Shastri , Director Sharda University  
The Nature of Meditation and its Role in Promoting Efficiency and Harmony – Dr. Shirish Nathwani, Spiritual Heritage Education Network, Canada  
Enlighten Leadership: An Indian Perspective – Mr. Rakesh Sharma, Chief Vigilance Officer, Oriental Insurance Corporation Ltd., India  
Enhancing Spiritual Values in Business and Governance: Role of Management Institutions -Prof. R. Ramachandra Naik, Director, Integral Institute of Advanced Management, Visakhapatnam, India
Spiritual Values in Business and Governance – Mr. Pradeep Kumar Shrotriya’ President-Lok Hitkari Hindi Sansthan, India
Sustainability and Flourishing: What’s Love Got to Do with It? – Dr. Joanna Beth Tweedy, Benedictine University, USA  
Break 5 Minutes 
Paper Reading Session 1: Fast Transcendence -1 4.15p.m.-5.15p.m. 
Chair: Dr. Shanmugamurthy Laksmanan, Research Scientist, Harvard Medical College  
Development of a Devotional Leadership Model – Prof. Biswajit Satpathy, Post Graduate Department of Business Administration, Sambalpur University, India  
Teachings of Paramhansa and Vivekananda to solve first and third world countries – Mr. KK Dixit, Former Deputy Commissioner, India  
Metamorphosis of Global Economic Development – Mr.Yole Raam & Ms. Liya -Lei Nga- Wan  
Spiritual Leadership and Modern organization  – Dr.Saroj Upadhyaya, Faculty, Neotia Institute of Technology, Management and Sciences, Calcutta, India.  
Employee Personality and their Spiritual Coping Strategy: A Study on Service Industry Professionals in Kolkata – Prof.Kumkum Mukherjee, Head, Department of MHRM, IISWBM,Calcutta, India
The Emergence of Social Media: Applications in Distance Education – Dr. Bruce L. Cook, Co-ordinator, ISOL- USA Chapter
Spirituality at Work and its relationship with Performance of Engineers: Nepalese Perspective – Mr. Aravind Gautam, Lord Ashcroft International Business School ,Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK  
Break 5 Minutes 
Paper Reading Session 2: Fast Transcendence -2  5.20p.m.-6.20p.m.
Chair: Dr. Suresh S. Kalagnanam, Edwards School of Business, University of Sasktachewan, Canada  
Process of Globalization: an Exploration Made in the Background of Swami Vivekananda’s Philosophy – Dr. Jaya Sharma, Govt. College, Kota, Rajasthan, India  
Disasters In Nigeria:  The Spiritual Implications To The Church – Dr. Onwuka, Ejikeme S., Head, Christian Religious Studies Department, Federal College of Education, Nigeria.  
Is Euthanasia Accepted? : A Buddhist Perspective – Dr. Ven. Kattakaduwe Chandawimala, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies,University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.  
Global Mysteries of Transcendental Divine Voice – Dr. G. Praveen Kumar, Professor and Principal, Department of Pharmaceutics Sahasra Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Near Ayyappa Swami Temple, Mulugu Road, Warangal, Iniad  
Can National Cultural Dimensions vary among it’s Regional Territories – Dr. K H R  Wijayawardana, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Mihintale, Sri Lanka  
Heartfulness for Leadership to reset the inner divine – Mr. Raga Ragavendran, Instructor, Sahaj Marg Meditation, Heartfulness Institute, Chicago  
Inspirational Motivational Aspect of Transformational Leadership Style and Ramayana – Mr.Morad Malekghassem, Ph.D. Student, Dept of Business Mgt, Maharishi U of Management, Iowa.  


September 13, 2015  
Venue: Fullerton Hall
Yog & Meditation 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Flute Meditation by  Subhash Patriji, Founder, Pyramid Spiritual Societies Movement  
Special Lecture on Swami Vivekananda’s Thoughts on Social Progress and Societal Development – by Dr Bharat Barai, Medical Director of the Cancer Institute, Methodist Hospitals, USA.   9.00a.m.-9.30a.m.
Plenary Session 5 – Spirituality for Social Progress and Economic Development 9.30a.m. -11.00a.m.
Chair: Shri Vijay Jakka, President, Sankhya Solutions & Services Corporation  
Effects of Corporate Frauds, Including Corruption and Tax Evasion, On Economic Activity in Developing Nations – A View from the Trenches – Dr. Doug K. S. Kalesnikoff, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada 9.30a.m.-9.50a.m.
Impact of the New Philosophical Holism on Economics: Household Management on a Global Scale – Prof.Glen Martin, Professor, Philosophy and Peace Studies, Radford University, USA. 9.50a.m.-10.10a.m. 
Transitions in Spirituality and Future of Humanity  – Mr. P Chandrasekhar CEO, Sanovi Technologies Limited 10.10a.m.-10.30a.m.
Spirituality for Socially Responsible Investment – Mr. Stuart Valentine, Center Point Investment, Fairfield, USA 10.30a.m.-10.50a.m. 
Sage-Scientist’s Wisdom for Economic Development –  Dr. Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan, Research Scientist, Harvard Medical College
Interaction and Wrap Up 10.50a.m.-11.00a.m. 
Coffee Break 11.00a.m.-11.15a.m.
Panel Discussion 4 – Spirituality and Sustainability  
Moderator: Dr. Ram Ramanan, Research Professor, Desert Research Institute, USA  11.15a.m.-12.30p.m.
Vedic Architecture – where buildings inspire and enrich lives of occupants – Mr. Jeffrey Abramson, Owner/Executive, Tower Companies – SHELTER (Vedic Architecture)  
 Spirituality based Sustainable Emerging  Education – Dr. Jagdish Kohli, Ex Bell Labs – MIND  
Higher Consciousness for Global Sustainability- Prof. Dennis Heaton, Professor of Management, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IOWA – SPIRIT
Gift of Knowledge Transfer Leveraging Technology – Dr. Manu Vora, Cjairman, Business Excellence Inc. – TECH
Sustainability in Supply Chain and Global Sourcing – Mr. Michael Skrypek, Director of Transportation Services Claire’s – MEANS  
Lunch 12.30p.m.-1.00p.m. 
Paper Reading Session 3: Fast Transcendence -3  
Chair: Dr. Glen Martin, Professor, Philosophy and Peace Studies, Radford University, USA. 1.00p.m.-2.25p.m. 
Ecological Sustainability Through Bhuta Rin (Debt to Ecology) –  Dr. A. Dhanalakshmi and Dr. H. R. Venkatesha, Acharya Bangalore B School, Bangalore, India  
Spiritual Dimension Of Sustainable Agricultural Development and Agro Ecosystem Management: Insights Drawn From Ancient Wisdom And Traditions – Prof. Paras Nath, Dean – Fiji National University,Fiji  
The Abrahamic Faiths and Their Role in Promoting of spiritual values on Sustainable – Prof. Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Eid, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, College of Education, King Saud University  
Social Atomization, Environmental Sanctity and Their consequences on integral spirituality and Economic growth in the global community – Rev. Fr. Chika J. B. Gabriel Okpalike, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor on Academic Matters, Department of Religion and Human Relations, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria  
Prosocial Organizational Behaviours: Do Spiritualism and Fatalism Have the Same Impact? – Dr. Catherine T. Kwantes, Director, Centre for Culture and Organization Research, Department of Psychology University of Windsor
Women’s Leadership – Prof. Humood Bin Salamah, Department of Islamic Studies, King Saud University, Riyadh – Saudi Arabia
Corruption and Challenge of Sustainable Development: Need for Management by Spiritual Unity – Prof. Shiv K. Tripathi, Professor and Head (Department of Business Studies), Mzumbe University Dar Es Salaam  
Interaction and Wrap Up
Break  5 Minutes
Paper Reading Session 4: Fast Transcendence -4  2.30p.m.-3.25p.m.
Chair: Dr. John Reed, President, World Institute for Scientific Exploration  
Positive thought transactions and its effect on work place ambiance –  Mr. Radjendirane Codandaramane  
The essence of Karma Yoga from the teaching of 19th century genius Vethathiri Maharishi – Mr. Vikram Renganathan  
Kundalini Yoga and Karma Yoga- A direct correlation – Ms. Priyatarssini Balamurugen  
Anger Management leads to conscious Management models – Mr. Gopal Murugesan  
Conscious Living in the Light of Vallalar – Mr. Kuppusamy Ramasamy
Organizational spiritual responsibilities through Vethathirium- Mr. Venkatesh Gajapathy  
Interaction and Wrap Up
ISOL 2015: A Clarion Call to Get Ready For ISOL 2018 – Address by Ms. Vandana Jhingan, Co-Chair ISOL 2015 USA Steering Committee 3.25p.m.-3.35p.m
Break 5 Minutes 
ISOL 2015 Valedictory Ceremony 3.40p.m.-5.30p.m. 
Welcome by Dr. J.L.Raina, Chairman, ISOL Foundation Board of Governors 3.40p.m-3.45p.m.
Summing up by Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta, Conference Convener, Founder ISOL Foundation 3.45p.m.-3.55p.m. 
Guest of Honour Revered Imam Malik Mujahid, Chairman, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions 3.55p.m-4.15p.m.
The Architecture of Faith: connecting the world’s Religions through a global interreligious pilgrimage – Dr. Suzaane Morgan, Sacred Space Ambassador at the Parliament of the World’s Religions 4.15p.m.-4.35p.m.
Skype Address by Professor Ved Nanda on “Vedantic Values for Human Development” 4.30p.m.-4.50p.m.
Important Announcements and Future Global Activities of ISOL Foundation – Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta, Founder ISOL Foundation 4.50p.m.-5.00p.m.
Vote of thanks by ISOL 2015 USA Steering Committee – Shri Bhailal Patel. 5.00p.m.-5.15p.m.
Vote of Thanks by Dr. Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan, WISE, Co- Sponsor 5.15p.m.-5.25p.m.
Conference Closing Announcement and Promise to be back again in 2018 (same place, same venue) by Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta 5.25p.m.-5.30p.m.