We are thrilled to introduce you to one of our biggest supporters and former board member, Shaziah Singh - a lawyer for Nixon Peabody in New York City. Read on and get to know Shaziah.
"What's your purpose in life?"
My purpose in life is to be a contributing member of society. My parents raised me to first and foremost be a good person. I strive to demonstrate this through my career, volunteering, and charitable giving. I always strive to try to make the world a better place, even if it is in the smallest way.
"How did you originally get connected with Sundara?"
I met Sundara’s Founder, Erin, as a freshman in college during a psychology seminar, where we sat next to each other and bonded over our mutual fascination with the class. From there, we shared a lot of the same friends throughout college and were able to stay in touch. One day, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw Erin post about Sundara and how she was looking for Board Members to get involved. I thought that it was an amazing non-profit, and I felt very connected to it as my roots stem from India.
"What did you find to be the most rewarding part of your time being on the board of Sundara?"
Seeing the actual impact that we had and how our work became self-sustaining was the most rewarding part of working with Sundara. Also, seeing Erin’s dedication, passion, and determination and how it rubs off on everyone she comes into contact with was particularly rewarding.
"Tell us about your professional career and background. What part of your life are you currently finding the most rewarding or meaningful?"
I went to law school in Cleveland, Ohio, and I am now a corporate lawyer, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. I believe that the most meaningful thing that I am currently doing is helping some of our clients as they navigate COVID-19 and try to stay afloat while keeping their employees. I have found this to be an extremely fulfilling part of my job.
"What is your biggest accomplishment?"
My biggest accomplishment would have to be figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. I went into college thinking that I wanted to be a doctor or a dentist, as most of my family is in the healthcare field, so I thought that I was supposed to do the same with my life. I stuck with this idea the whole way through college and even started a post-bac program to get my Masters in Biomedical Sciences. Then, during this time, at the age of 23, I realized that it was not what I wanted to do, so I decided to take a year to work and study before going to law school. I think that being true to myself and breaking out from what everyone had told me to do was the right path, and it has been such a huge part of my journey