If you opened your own business, what would it be? 

Unfortunately, I do not have an entrepreneurial bone in my body. I went to a business school and I have the knowledge, but business is not something I will ever be doing.

 

What advice would you give your younger self? 

Oddly enough, I feel proud of the girl I was when I was young. I grew up in Nepal with little to no opportunities to learn and grow. I grew up knowing that if I did not do it for myself no one would. I found scholarship after scholarship to fund my education. I am a self-made person who paved my own path for myself with very little help from anyone. This has made me resilient and strong. I still need to own being strong and unapologetic and stop looking for affirmation.

 

Exceptional Skills- 

People skills, collaboration, community building, making things happen, big picture thinking, building connections.

 

What makes you feel fulfilled? 

Making a difference and impact in other people’s lives. I have never had a job where I wasn’t able to make a difference in other people's lives. This is very important to me. Life is more than me and my own life. I know I was born to help others and make a difference and impact other people's lives.

 

When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind? 

Atypical/Outlier (sorry that’s two)

 

Favorite Book- 

I don’t know if it is a favorite, but it is one that has had a deep impact on my life. It may have been the circumstances and timing of it all. I found ‘The Success Principles’ by Jack Canfield when I lost my first real/dream job after coming to the U.S. in 2008. I was devastated, lost, confused and directionless. I did not know what my next job would be, how I would land it or how I would get there. I didn’t have many friends, mentors or allies I could rely on. I was trying to be as positive as I could about my situation. For one reason or another, this book was my support system. It allowed me to look at things differently, shift the blame and look inside of myself to overcome my situation and move ahead with a positive attitude.

What makes your heart race? 

Injustice, Inequality, Ignorance and stupidity

 

Organization or cause near to your heart- 

Being a first-generation immigrant and working closely with refugees and immigrants while helping them with their resettlement makes refugee and immigrant related issues very close to my heart.

 

What keeps you up at night? 

I am a gifted sleeper 😊. Yes, I took the question literally and yes, I do see it as a gift. I strongly believe that my ability to have a good night's sleep makes me wake up to give a 100% to the day, adds to my good health and makes me a happier person.

 

What is a belief you once held but no longer do? 

As a first-generation immigrant you will never be able to have all the doors open for you and have the same kinds of success others do.

 

What are you interested in connecting with other women about? 

I am sure these will sound cliché, but I know I can get love, strength, support, encouragement and support from other women, not to mention I feel more understood by women.

There are many women who are ahead of me and some are behind me in their journey to success (however we define success). I would love to have guidance and support from women who are ahead of me and I would love to help other women who are still making their journey to become successful and happy.

Sanjita Pradhan

Immigrant Integration Advocate

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