Ascend Greater Philadelphia 2021
Diwali Celebrations


Event Details:

Date:  Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM ET

Location: Zoom Webinar

Admission: Free


 • Opening Remarks: Parimal Desai, VP Engineering External Manufacturing & MMD Strategy, MERCK

 • Keynote Speaker: Subha Barry, CEO, Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media)

 • Fun Lesson in Bollywood Dancing


Join us in a virtual celebration of the Festival of Lights

How my family and culture helped to shape the leader I am today - by Subha Barry



Subha V. Barry


Subha V. Barry is president of Seramount, now part of EAB. Seramount (formerly known as Working Mother Media) is a strategic professional services firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Here, she oversees four key divisions—Insights, Solutions, Events, and Digital—and drives the firm’s vision, strategy, and business development.

Subha’s career spans 30 years of experience in front-line business, perational, and leadership roles where she has built cohesive and productive teams to be agents of change. She has shown how strong and inclusive leadership can drive business results and profitability.

During her 21 years at Merrill Lynch, Subha was a wealth advisor, a branch manager, the leader of the Multicultural Business Development Group, and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion.


At Freddie Mac, she was the Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer with oversight of Diversity & Inclusion, Supplier Diversity, Community Engagement, and the Freddie Mac Foundation.


She has taught Gender Policy at Columbia University and speaks passionately about the ability to drive innovation by embracing diversity and creating a culture of inclusion. She serves on a number of boards aligned with her passions—education, cancer research, and women’s advancement.


A native of India, Subha holds a BA from Bombay University and an MBA and MS in Accounting from Rice University. She has two grown children and lives in Naples, Florida and New Hope, PA with her husband.



Parimal Desai

VP Engineering External Manufacturing & MMD Strategy

Dr. Parimal R Desaiis currently Vice Presidentin Merck Manufacturing Division facilitatingexecution of long-term transformationstrategy. Prior to that, he was head of theGlobal Vaccines &Biologics Commercialization at Merckin West Point, Pennsylvania,where he established a product development organization and associated technical and logistics systems to develop and commercializeMerck's vaccines and biologics including accelerated launch of Keytruda, a new class of immune-oncology drugs. He has alsoservedin the pastas CEO of Hilleman Laboratories, India and MMD Technology Leader on Keytruda Executive Leadership Team (KELT). Over last decade, Parimal’s efforts have beenfocused on commercializing life-saving vaccines against diseases like Ebola, Dengue, Pneumococcal virus,papillomavirus, Cytomegalovirus, Covid19virus, etc.


Prior to joining Merck in 2010, Parimal had worked at Pfizer, Wyeth,and American Cyanamid. Over the last 32years, he has directed global product development functionscovering all CMC aspects forvaccines, therapeuticproteins andpharmaceuticals.Parimal received his Biochemistry from Penn State University.