Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and US tech guru and pioneering entrepreneur/venture capitalist Gururaj "Desh" Desphande shared the stage at the 5th annual WHEF event held in Los Angeles from 18-20 November 2016. 

Tulsi Gabbard at WHEF

Hundreds of Indian American and NRI professionals filled the Grand Ballroom of central Orange County's Hotel Irvine the weekend of Nov. 18-20 to discuss ways to improve market access in India and help the nation sustain its path as a growing global player.

Other key speakers included WHEF' founder Guru Swami Vigyananda, Rep. Ed Royce of California, USIBC chairman Dr. Mukesh Aghi, VHP-A president Abhaya Asthana, and Manipal Global Education Services chairman Mohandas Pai.

Tulsi Gabbard talks at WHEF

The theme of Tulsi Gabbard speech was "Finding Happiness and Success Through Karma Yoga". Tulsi said Karma yoga is rooted in this understanding of Sanatan Dharma. Karma meaning action, and yoga meaning in connection or union with God; in other words, karma yoga is action in loving service to God and humanity. If it turns out your business plan created wealth along the way, all the better--you can use that capital and those profits you worked so hard for in service to others."

Tech Guru "Desh" Deshpande said "Growing up in India, there was a lot of scarcity and hardly any business, but there was an abundance of Hindu values such as respect and love.". He went on say "Hindu Dharma is a living thing and has an amazing ability to reinvent itself and stay relevant--it's very entrepreneurial in a lot of ways."

WHEF's approach is based on the foundational wisdom in the Bhagwad Gita: "Think in future, for the future". The Bhagavad Gita is respected by many spiritual teachers, gurus and yoga masters around the world. The teachings of the Bhagavad Gita directly come from the God through a disciplic line of self realized bona-fide spiritual masters.