Chicago

2019 Chicago Gala Highlights Impact Of Collective Giving

On September 28, 2019, more than 350 Pratham supporters gathered at Rockwell on the River for the annual Chicago chapter gala. Guests took advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoyed sweeping views from the spacious deck overlooking the North Branch of the Chicago River.

During the cocktail hour, a virtual reality exhibit allowed participants to experience a typical village where Pratham works. Chicago teens who had spent two weeks during the summer interning in India as part of the Youth Leaders...
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Allstate Hosts Pratham Talk

On June 4, representatives from Pratham were invited by Allstate Insurance Company to give an informal talk at its headquarters in Northbrook, IL. Attended by more than 40 employees, the event was an opportunity for members of the Allstate community to learn more about Pratham, specifically our girls’ education program, which is supported by Allstate through its social impact investments.

Suren Gupta, Executive VP, Allstate Technology and Strategic Ventures, and a member of the Pratham USA board was on hand...
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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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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