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Chicago

Annual Pratham 5K walk brings together Chicago Community

On the morning of Sunday, August 18, Pratham Chicago hosted its second annual 5K walk at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village. Despite the rain, 130 supporters turned out to make the brisk trek through the local forest preserve, followed by a delicious South Indian brunch of dosas, vadas and upma.

The event offered participants an opportunity to socialize and learn more about Pratham while getting some exercise in the fresh air. “It’s amazing to see, rain or shine, the dedication...
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Pratham Chicago Launches Young Professionals Committee

After several years of hosting events and activities aimed at engaging young professionals, Pratham Chicago is pleased to announce the formation of a formal Young Professionals (YP) committee. A launch event was held on June 5 at the home of chapter board member Deepak Sechadri. “I was happy to host the gathering,” he explained, “I feel strongly about engaging these young people as they are philanthropy leaders of the future.”

Following a presentation on Pratham’s work, experienced volunteers and staff discussed...
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Pratham Chicago Hosts an Evening with Sam Mehta

On Thursday, May 23, Pratham Chicago hosted an evening with adventurer, photographer and author Sam Mehta. Attendees of the event, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Oakbrook, IL, enjoyed a selection of 200 pictures from the former IBM executive’s books, Trilogy of Nations: Japan, Korea & China; The Silk Road; and Himalayas: People and Places.

Mehta’s books capture the fascinating cultures along the Silk Road, highlighting the elements that bind them together as well as the self-interest and individualities...
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Pratham Chicago Brings Momentum to India's Learning Crisis

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, close to 350 prominent business leaders, dignitaries and members of the local Indian-American community gathered in downtown Chicago for the annual Pratham gala. Held at the elegant Venue SIX10, with its panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan, the event raised $350,000 for our transformative educational programs.

In his keynote speech, Steven D. Levitt, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and co-author of Freakonomics, made his admiration of...
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Pratham Walk Brings Together Chicago Community

On August 19, Pratham Chicago hosted a 5K walk at Harms Woods in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The event, designed to raise awareness of Pratham’s work, drew 110 participants of all ages, roughly half of whom were new to the organization.

Once across the finish line, supporters mingled while enjoying dosas, idlis and vadas on the beautiful summer morning.

Chapter president Joher Akolawala was thrilled with the turnout: “It’s great to get people out and about, drive awareness for...
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Leadership

President
Joher Akolawala

Vice President
Smruti Rajagopalan

Executive Board
  • Ketu Amin
  • Rina Akolawala
  • Dilip Bhattacharjee
  • Suren Gupta
  • Srinivas Reddy
  • Krishnan Saranathan
  • Deepak Seshadri
  • Praveen Sharma