Austin

Readathon 2018 Engages Austin Community

The Pratham Austin team completed its spirited Readathon 2018 campaign on August 31, 2018, a few paces behind Dallas-Fort Worth on the leaderboard, having raised $7,000 in support of Pratham programs. Led by local mentors Bhavna Guglani and Anita Israni, the group of seventeen avid readers, ranging from age five to eleven, had been competing since May, when supporters kicked off the contest with a picnic at Lost Creek Park.

This year, Austin won the DonorStrong contest, awarded to the team with...
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Local Talent Shines at Annual Austin Gala

Prominent business leaders, dignitaries and members of the local Indian-American community gathered in downtown Austin for the annual Pratham Gala on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Held at the Hyatt Regency on Lady Bird Lake, the event was attended by 530 guests and raised over $300,000 for Pratham’s programs.

Following a hilarious set by local Indian-American comedian Paul Varghese, guests were treated to an inspirational keynote speech by Richard Garriott D’Cayeux. The astronaut, video game pioneer, and education advocate shared his vision...
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Pratham Austin Gala 2016: A Resounding Success

This year’s Pratham Austin Gala, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on September 17, was a resounding success, exceeding all expectations. Thanks to the generosity of event sponsors and the more than 500 individuals who attended the event, the gala raised over $230,000, a record for the Austin Chapter.

Following a cocktail reception featuring an impressive array of appetizers provided by local restaurants, guests settled in for an inspiring keynote speech delivered by Harvard Business School Professor Dr. Srikant Datar, who...
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Fireside Chat with Pratham Leader Usha Rane

On March 20, 2016, former Pratham Austin President Vandana Kumar hosted a fireside chat with presentations that provided insight into how the donations we raise here affect education on the ground in India. The featured speaker was Usha Rane, Pratham’s director of content and training, who spoke about her recent travels across Asia and the US.
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2015 Austin Gala Honors Locals and Raises Funds for India

Thanks to the support of the local community, the Pratham Austin Gala attracted more than 400 people and raised over $160,000 for our work with India’s underserved children.

Held on September 18 at the downtown Sheraton, the evening began with a screening of a short film celebrating 20 years of Pratham’s history.
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Leadership

Co-President
Ashish Gupta

Co-President
Vandana Kumar

Executive Board
  • Sarayu Adeni
  • Vandana Agarawal
  • Raj Asava
  • Nitin Chexal
  • Bhavna Guglani and Girish Pashilkar
  • Dr. Anita Israni
  • Ravi Kandala
  • Karan Kapadia
  • Dr. Shanti Khinduka
  • Naveen Kumar
  • Mamata and Dr. Jayadev Misra
  • Minu Mohan
  • Nidhi Nakra
  • Sanjay Nasta
  • Sheetal Nasta
  • Nandan Nayampally
  • Shravan Parsi
  • Dr. Monica Shah
  • Rajani Shah
  • Dr. Mukul Sharma
  • Jaya and Dr. Ishwar Thakkar
  • Poonam Tripathy
  • Kanna Venkatasamy

Young Professionals Lead
  • David Hernandez

Stories

Sailesh Sanghvi, Artist for a Cause

Sandeep’s Story: Racing to Give Children a Better Life