Akhila is the co-founder and CTO at Xemelgo, a startup focused on empowering manufacturers with the latest and greatest in Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence technologies. Akhila grew up in a Industrial town in India where her dad worked for India’s biggest power generation company. Visiting the plant floor as a kid stoked her passion for engineering and she is excited to apply her years of experience in software engineering back where she started off. Before entering the start-up scene, Akhila led multiple engineering teams, most recently as Director of Engineering at Hitachi. She is passionate about building teams and mentoring people, especially women, to achieve their true potential.
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Disha Bajaj is a franchise owner of two UPS Retail Stores (Seattle & Mukilteo). She has been in the Retail Industry for 9 years and started form one location in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood in 2010, and added another location in one of Seattle’s more affluent communities, Mukilteo in 2013. Besides being a franchise owner, she is a proud mom of 2 kids. In 2007 she moved to Seattle, WA from Dubai, UAE to join her amazing spouse and the voice of reason in her life. She was pursuing a career in Accounting and Finance in Dubai in a major multi-national company before moving to the United States. Her strong belief is don’t let the fears in your mind push you around and instead be led by the dreams in your heart. Disha strives to spend her energy on what she can create rather than worrying about what she cannot control. She is a fun-loving person and enjoys dancing, hiking, travelling, knitting and recently learned skiing. In her personal time she enjoys listening to classical music and music from different countries. Her motivation is every day comes with a new challenge/opportunity and when she starts her day with a happy family, nothing is impossible. Disha and her family are proud sponsors of several charities with an international cause to reduce poverty and reduce suffering especially for women and children via educational and health initiatives.
Jillu Zaveri is the founding owner of the Seattle-based chai company, Jaipur Avenue. With formal training in textile design, she spent more than a decade in the fashion industry working for some notable names, including Oscar de la Renta, Ankasa, and Nordstrom. Although she still loves her fabrics, her passion for traveling, gourmet food and fitness together the longing for a healthy work-life balance eventually prompted her to start her own business in 2008. Her mission ever since has been to introduce the authentic Indian chai into the mainstream American marketplace. Through the company, Jillu loves supporting non-profit organizations that promote women and minority artists, girl child education, and environmental protection.