The Business Of Smita Shah

Smita Shah had high expectations for herself when she was growing up but she never expected to become the founder and CEO of her own company when she was just 24 years old. There are still people who don’t know the story behind how she became the successful business owner and entrepreneur she is today which is why she sat down with Steve Cochrane to talk about how she managed to start up her own business and managed to grow it into a successful enterprise. When she was young, she became cognizant of the fact that there is a big disparity between white men and ethnic minorities, especially in the math and sciences, which is why she opted to become as successful in the field of engineering as she possibly could in her career.

When she was deciding what college to go to, she chose Northwestern University and she proved to be rather adept at academics. After graduating in 1994, she went on to enroll at MIT where she became an intern for the office of the chief of staff in the white house while simultaneously working on her master’s thesis. After she had completed her studies, she was offered the opportunity to work for SOM as a structural engineer, a role in which she served for over a year before starting her own business around 1998. When they were first starting out, she made sure not to get too attached to the company because she wasn’t sure whether or not it would become successful. 

However, she knew that if things didn’t work out the way she planned, she could always seek gainful employment somewhere else and, if things did go her way, she would have a great story to share with the next generation of female entrepreneurs and philanthropists who hope to become successful like her. One of the many ways she tries to support her employees is by encouraging the females in the office to support each other whenever possible so they can succeed in their careers. One of the primary directives of the company is to construct various structures such as parking lots, different types of bridges and toll roads. They also light the world by installing lampposts, lighthouses and various types of fog lights. Learn more: http://elpc.org/board/smita-shah/

She has experienced some instances of bias and prejudice over the years but she always just shrugs it off and understands that it’s an honest mistake that could have happened to anyone. Over the course of two decades, the company has expanded to include nearly a thousand employees and she is grateful for each and every one of them. She made sure to specifically hire a diverse group of people to help with the company and together they hope to change the world as they work on exciting and innovative new projects. She has noticed that her daughter tends to be a bit more talkative than her son but she was never one to play favorites so we wish her good luck.

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