Austin

Austin Donors Make Collective Impact

Inspired by Pratham’s Hamara Gaon initiative, which is designed to establish a more sustained presence and offer comprehensive programming in 5,000 communities across India, Austin donors Bhavna Guglani, Kanna Venkatasamy and Chitra Thankaswamy have made a joint commitment of $150,000. Their combined support will sustain Pratham education programs for three years in 25 villages in Tamil Nadu, impacting a total of 2500 children.

This new approach aims to improve the learning levels of children and create a sustainable community-driven education environment....
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Community gathers for ninth annual Pratham Austin Gala

On September 29, 2018, more than 350 community members and local business leaders gathered for the ninth annual Pratham Austin Gala. The event, held at the Westin Domain, raised over $250,000 for Pratham programs.

The evening’s keynote speaker, Kevin Ready, entrepreneur and business author for Forbes, spoke passionately about the importance of education in his own life, particularly how it enabled him to cultivate a sense of curiosity about the world. Thanks to unrestricted and unlimited access to resources, he was...
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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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Leadership

Co-President
Ashish Gupta

Co-President
Vandana Kumar

Vice President
Minu Mohan

Executive Board
  • Vandana Agarawal
  • Raj Asava
  • Nitin Chexal
  • Bhavna Guglani and Girish Pashilkar
  • Dr. Anita Israni
  • Ravi Kandala
  • Karan Kapadia
  • Dr. Shanti Khinduka
  • Dr. Sonia Krishna
  • Naveen Kumar
  • Gita Lal
  • Mamata and Dr. Jayadev Misra
  • Sanjay Nasta
  • Sheetal Nasta
  • Nandan Nayampally
  • Shravan Parsi
  • Drs. Meena & Jayendra Patel
  • Dr. Vishal Patel
  • Anuj Saigal
  • Dr. Monica Shah
  • Rajani Shah
  • Dr. Mukul Sharma
  • Madhav Srinivasan
  • Jaya and Dr. Ishwar Thakkar
  • Poonam Tripathy
  • Jayshree and Tejas Vakil
  • Kanna Venkatasamy

Young Professionals Lead
  • Lajja Majmundar

Stories

Sailesh Sanghvi, Artist for a Cause

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