SF Bay Area Evening of Cocktails

Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM

Join Pratham SF Bay Area Young Professionals group for an evening of cocktails and conversation.

Meet, mingle and learn more about Pratham, India’s largest education NGO, and how it’s leveraging technology to deliver quality education to India’s rural poor. The event will include food, music and speakers discussing education technology. Pratham’s low-cost programs make it easy to make an impact. A donation of $25 can educate one child for a full year.


Shivani Garg Patel (Principal, Skoll Foundation), Anshul Dhawan (Co-Founder, School of Games) and Sarah Cooper (Creator, TheCooperReview.com)

Shivani Garg Patel is a principal at the Skoll Foundation, where she works with the recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. A former Microsoft product manager and McKinsey strategy consultant, she is co-founder and managing director of Samahope, a nonprofit that invests in local medical providers who offer critical care to women and children in poor communities around the globe. Her technology-driven social innovation work spans the Grameen Foundation, World Bank and World Health Organization. She has a BS in electrical engineering and computer science, a BA in cognitive science from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.

Anshul Dhawan graduated from USC’s games program 7 years ago. He is currently a lead product manager at Zynga working on emerging gaming platforms. Inspired by innovation in education technology in Silicon Valley and the power of video games, he co-founded School of Games, a video game that teaches children in low-income families vocabulary, numbers, reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The game provides real-time reports of children’s progress to parents, schools and teachers, which illustrate what they are learning while they play.

Sarah Cooper is a writer, comedian and creator of the satirical blog TheCooperReview.com, which attracts more than 100,000 readers monthly. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Fast Company, Business Insider, and The Huffington Post. Previously the design lead for Google Docs, she now focuses on writing and speaking on corporate and tech humor. Her first book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, was published in October 2016 by Andrews McMeel.

The SF Bay Area Young Professionals group aims to engage like-minded individuals in Pratham’s cause and plans to fundraise and increase awareness through a variety of social events and networking opportunities.

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San Francisco, CA 94103