Slashie // Summit


— presented by Brown Girl Magazine, Inc., in collaboration with Dallas [Intuitive], and in partnership with Dil Mil and GIPHY — is an all-day experience that empowers individuals with access to influential South Asian networks, essential tools and critical knowledge they need to challenge the stigma behind creative aspirations and career paths.



We are a group of South Asian millennial content creators who seek to celebrate the "non-traditional" career paths and redefine professional success. Our goal is to create a diverse, collaborative and safe space amongst creatives and enthusiasts who want to be a part of the South Asian movement. We hope to inspire South Asians to develop a perspective within the creative conversation and pursue these passions regardless of cultural stigmas



Open to South Asian millennials who have or want to quit their full-time jobs to pursue their side hustle wholeheartedly. Our summit does not limit those who wish to continue their 9-5 and creative passions simultaneously. Above all, the Slashie // Summit is an inclusive space that supports, stands with and enables all to pursue their dreams.

Who is a SLASHIE?

Slashies are generally members of the millennial demographic, who choose to include various ‘side hustles’ in their professional titles but perhaps less lucrative pursuits to which they devote their time—in addition to their nine-to-fives.


The Science of Storytelling on Instagram: @TheSandyLion, @StephanieNadia, @SabrinaMolu, @RidaIslam, @LoveLaughMirch, @ToriMumtaz, and @StylushMom, moderator @Tsakhuja_Walia

Calendars FTW: Manage Your Content Like a Pro: @PriyaMooky, @Maryamishtiaq, @The_Zlist, @Megha___Rao, @themonoclemuse, @HouseofNaveda, moderator @Jasmin__Rahman 

How to Create Sustainable Purpose-Driven Brands: @RupaParekh of @JaiJaiHooray, @DeeptiNYC of @FoodtoEat, Prashant Desai of @ConsciousStep, Tejal Angolkar of @SanayaSet, Raoul Bhavnani of @IndiaCenterUS, Rohan Sheth of @DoonyaWorld, moderator Jennifer Kadenkavil 

Monetizing your Hustle: The Business of Creativity: @DJSharad, Mitra Raman of The Buttermilk Co, @MyShobha, Elizabeth Kumar of @PreminiEvents, Raad Ahmed of @LawTrades, Rohan Aggarwal of @Queens_Bully, Pooja Bavishi of Malai Ice Cream, moderator Vijar Kohli

Mental Wellness 101: Mindfulness in the Digital Era: Faria Akram of @MannMukti, @PalakVani, @NitikaChopra, Rahul Bhowmick, @JessieeBrar, @RichaKal, and @Osdhindsa, moderator @RidaIslam

Post-Apu Era: How to be Taken Seriously as a South Asian Actor: @MelanieChandra, @ReemaSampat, @SurinaJindal, Kabir Chopra of Swiped To Death, Ajna Jai of Pondicheri, @GayatriBahl, moderator @DhanishKarthik

Realities of Marginalized South Asian Diasporic Voices in the Side Hustle: Farhat Rahman of @sadacnyc, Tasnim Ahmed of @sadacnyc, Saleem Gondal, @ThePriyaArora, @NavThePoet, Nida Chowdhry of Stranger Magic Productions (Unfair & Ugly), Sarish Khan, moderator Priya Desai of Time Inc. 

Breaking the Career Norm: Here’s How I Became a South Asian Creative Instead: Ani Sanyal of Kolkata Chai Co, @LiveShiv, Amit Shah of AATMA, @ThePoojaProject, Sonia Nagpal of @DissDash_World, Sasha Suresh of Jolii Cosmetics, and Pranavi Suthagar of @Not_Sari, moderator Monty Kataria


*Once you’ve purchased a ticket that includes a workshop, a Brown Girl staff member will reach out to confirm your top selection(s) accordingly. 

Babbu // Slashie — denim painting workshop facilitated by @Babbuthepainter — a Toronto-based brand with a creative style of modern desi diaspora pop-art. Most well known for her unique hand-painted jackets, Babbu empowers slashies with her craft by hosting an exclusive painting workshop. Bring your denim canvas (jeans, jacket, hats, bag) and your creativity to the table. The 1.5-hour long workshop will be lead by the artist to guide you through creating a masterpiece of your own. All painting materials will be provided, and free bakwaas goodies are provided to spaze up your piece.

The Power of Building Your Brand – facilitated by Archana Jain, Executive Director at Product of Culture. Whether you’re just starting out or have a few years under your belt, building an effective and powerful brand on and off social media — which showcases your most authentic self — is a valuable part of any business strategy. Long gone are the days only large corporations are the only ones to have a “brand name” – now everyone is capable of building a brand identity. In this workshop, @_ProductofCulture_ will help guide you from bottom up.

Create a Website That Tells a Story — facilitated by Biscuit & Chai: learn the ins-and-outs of website development, must-have and don’ts. 

Content Curation: Brown Girl Edition — facilitated by Nehal MehraSandeep PanesarAshni Mehta and Megha Patel: explore the different facets of food, lifestyle, beauty and travel content.

Thinking Outside the Privileged Box for Content Creators —facilitated by filmmaker, Youtuber and educator Thurka Gunaratnam — How do videos impact viewers and what elements are required for effective storytelling. During this workshop learn what tools are needed to make Instagram videos, YouTube videos and easily repackage your content for multiple platforms, while also thinking about inclusion. 

The Art of the Side Hustle: Goal Setting, Time Management, and the Growth Perspective — facilitated by Melissa Alam: become the best version of yourself by balancing your side hustles efficiently. 

Manifesting the Intentions of Your Heart/Tuning Into Your Heart Wisdom  — facilitated by Chetna: use expressive arts and mindfulness to tune into the wisdom of your heart so that you may do the work you long to do with empowerment and purpose. 

Bringing Soul to Your Hustle — facilitated by Chetna: leverage expressive arts, reflection and mindfulness to deepen into the power and greater purpose of your hustle.

Slashie Summit Keynote // Main Stage

Slashie Social Keynote // GIPHY


What do I need to bring?

Aside from your enthusiasm to learn and meet new people, please bring your ticket (printed or mobile is fine) and valid photo / state ID. There will be two check-ins: you will first check-in with the venue security downstairs and then you will do an event check-in with the Brown Girl team on the eighth floor.

P.S. The venue has tight security and all attendees must present a photo I.D. to gain access, so don’t forget yours!

What should I wear?

We have a stacked agenda and a full day of learning, networking, and fun, so we encourage you to keep it cute and comfortable (and check the weather, so you’re prepared!)! If you need some inspiration, check out our Slashie // Summit: What to Wear Pinterest board for ideas.

Where should I stay?

There are tons of hotel options in close proximity to the Slashie // Summit venue. You can also check out AirBnB if you want the full New York City experience!

How do I get to the summit?

The Slashie // Summit is being held at WeWork (500 7th Avenue 8th Floor, New York, NY 10018). Depending where you are staying, you can take a Lyft/Uber/Taxi, walk over or take public transportation. There are several train stations just a short walk away:

-1,2,3, N, Q, R, W, 7 at Times Sq-42 St Station (4 blocks away)

-B, D, F, M, Q, R at 34th St/Herald Square (4 blocks away)

-A, C, E at 34 St – Penn Station (4 blocks away)

My ticket includes workshops, how do I know which one(s) to attend?

If you purchased a “Professional” or “Hustling” ticket, you will be receiving an email no later than Thursday, 10/18 to let you know what you know what workshops you’ll be participating in.

Note: Due to limited capacity and in order to provide a seamless experience for all, we unable able to grant any last minute workshop change requests.

My ticket includes access to the Slashie Social, how do I get there?

The Slashie // Social will be held at at GIPHY HQ (416 W 13th St, New York, NY 10014) in Meatpacking District. To enter, press 207 at the front entrance and then ring the bell. Once you’ve entered, you will walk up one flight of stairs and then you’ll press 207 on the keypad to officially enter the venue (voila!). It’s about a mile and a half from where the summit will take place, so we encourage you to make friends and carpool — you can take a Lyft/Uber/Taxi or take public transportation.

Will you feed me?

Creativity calls for fuel! We have all our Slashie needs in mind for grub and will be providing breakfast, lunch, snacks and dessert at the summit. We’ll also provide our mixer guests with small bites, beer, wine and dessert! A big thanks to our food/beverage partners!

Why are tickets non-refundable?

In order for Slashie Summit to be a positive experience for all, ticket sales are vital to ensure all panels, workshops and networking opportunities are planned with a final headcount so each attendee receives the best possible experience. While tickets are non-refundable, we are happy to transfer your ticket from one slashie to another — please send us an email so we can sort this out seamlessly.

* Please note: Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

Do I get a swag bag?

The Slashie Team wants you to take the //// love home, however, due to the overwhelming response in ticket sales, Slashie swag bags will be available on a first come first serve basis, so come by bright and early (by 9:15AM) to get your hands on some goodies!


Ticketing Options

Pick a ticket option that best fits your SLASHIE goals. No refunds at this time.  


Registration begins promptly at 9:15 A.M. State I.D. required at check-in.


Slashie Summit Venue // WeWork

500 7th Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Slashie Social Venue // GiphyHQ

416 W 13th St, Floor 2, New York, NY 10014 // To enter, press 207 at the front entrance and then ring the bell. Once you’ve entered, you will walk up one flight of stairs and then you'll press 207 on the keypad to officially enter the venue (voila!).

Slashie Sponsors

Thank you for supporting Slashie Summit 2018.
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Food // Partners

Drink // Beverage

Music // Video // Photography

Community // Media Partners