Episode 11: Nikita Maheshwari (29) - founder of non-profit MoveUp
“The advice I’d gotten from a lot of folks was to work hard right now, and later when you have income, you can invest it in non-profit causes, but I always had this tension inside me - I have time right now, I have energy, how can I not be giving back!?”
My inspiring guest in this Thanksgiving episode is San Francisco-based Nikita Maheshwari who tells the story of moving from India at age 7, not knowing any English, and the immense sense of gratitude she has for the opportunities she’s had in America. Listen to Nikita talk about the impact her non-profit has made in the lives of marginalized Bay area women, and the impact the clients have made on HER!
A timely episode for those of us in America entering the holiday season, especially as MoveUp gears up for #GivingTuesday on November 27! Please share Nikita’s incredible story and know that all the donations on her site go directly towards programs that help under-served women become financially independent.
Listen to the episode below or on iTunes here, and don't miss the Shownotes for all the books and other favorites we discussed!
SHOWNOTES FROM EPISODE 11:
MoveUp’s Facebook page
Short video by MoveUp: Moving Towards the American Dream with Heena and others talking about their struggles and successes as immigrants
Besharam, Heena Patel’s restaurant in SF
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
Instant Pot - a pressure cooker / slow cooker hybrid
Jagriti Yatra - a formative college experience for Nikita, in which 500 young Indians take a train journey across the country meeting social entrepreneurs
Secret Superstar, the inspiring film that is one of Nikita’s recent faves
Special thanks to Mohit Shandilya & Rajat Upadhyay @ Flying Carpet Productions for audio post-production engineering!