Portfolio Student Profile: Shubhada Saxena
Degree of Study: Masters in Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016
Shubhada Saxena is the President & Founder of SAIVA. She started the organization to empower elderly immigrants to engage as effective citizens and lead meaningful lives by giving back to the new community they live in. Her goals include:
· Growing SAIVA into world-class social organization to inspire volunteers all over the world
· Building culturally-sensitive affordable Community Housing and Healthcare services
· Creating an Endowment for Senior Transport
She has over 20 years of corporate experience in Information Technology in Consulting, Healthcare & Insurance industries. She grew from a Programmer to Program Manager at small and large companies including Tata Consultancy, CBSI Consulting, United Healthcare, Smith Kline Beecham and IBM. She trained and applied cutting edge technology as part of Advanced Technology teams and Centers of Competence. She has worked with government organizations building systems for Departments of Civil Services and Health at State of Michigan and State of Missouri.
She has been directing giving through the family foundation started with her serial entrepreneur husband, Manoj Saxena. The Saxena Foundation focuses on supporting STEM Education and Family Health with special focus on women empowerment. She has over 6 years of experience in the non-profit area as the Founder and President of SAIVA.
Shubhada holds an honors degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science in Pilani, India. She holds a patent and Invention Achievement Award in Network Based Help Architecture. She is pursuing her Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. She has received the first Trailblazer award from the Indian American Coalition of Texas for her work in the South Asian community related to seniors to improve their quality of life. She is also the first University of Texas Newman Civic Fellow and is being honored by YWCA of Greater Austin as "2014 Woman of the Year" for Racial Justice. She serves on the Board of Family Eldercare and is a member of the Aging Services Council as well as the Asian Behavioral Health Network in Austin.
She enjoys hosting friends and a large extended family in her home in Austin, Texas. Her older daughter is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and her younger one is in high school is building skills in leadership.