Recently, Smita Shah, together with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Andrea Zopp (the Chief Executive Officer of World Business Chicago), First Lady Amy Eshelman, and Senator Dick Durbin, met at the annual Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi luncheon. The luncheon marked the fifth year of honoring Gandhi for inspiring civil rights movements internationally.
At the Event, Mayor Lightfoot announced that 2nd October 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. Gandhi was a renowned leader who advocated for all individuals (both the poor and the disenfranchised), championed the causes of economic opportunity, education, and equality among everyone. He was also recognized for his non-violent passive resistance philosophy.
Chicago city boasts of its traditional way of celebrating international communities and their cultures and has a rich and long history of friendship with Indian communities. This friendship goes way back to 1893, when a young philosopher, monk, and author, Swami Vivekananda went to the Columbian Exposition for the World Parliament of Religions.
The Chicago Sister Cities International Delhi Committee
Chicago Sister Cities International is a branch of World Business Chicago that is committed to sharing ideas and building bridges between the city and its international partners and communities. It promotes tourism, international education, cross-cultural arts, global government, and business exchange.
Smita Shah joined the Chicago Sister Cities International and is the Chair of the Delhi Committee. She believes that this is a way of continuing global leadership as well as acknowledging the diversity of the communities in Chicago.
About Smita Shah
Smita Shah serves as the CEO and President of SPAAN Tech, Inc., which she founded in 1998. SPAAN Technology is a technology and a project management company based in Chicago that she started after graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master’s in Civil and environmental engineering.
Her company was No. 1821, on the list of’ the 5000 fastest-growing private companies’ posted on Inc. magazine. Over the past decade, SPAAN Tech, Inc. has grown to $10 million in yearly revenue and fifty staff members.
SPAAN Technology is also part of a 14 million dollar joint venture that is planning to design electrical systems for navigation aids and lighting for an upcoming runway, which is scheduled to open in November. 20. The venture is part of the $ 6.6 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport.
Smita Shah moves easily in many sectors, including political events, construction sites, and community galas. She was an intern in the White House Office of the Chief of Staff after college. Here she was two doors down from the President’s office (President Bill Clinton), and her work entailed filing paperwork and answering phones.
After two years, she was appointed as the youngest delegate by the Illinois Democratic Party during the Democratic National Convention in 1996. Since that time, she has worked at the Platform Committee and Rules Committee at conventions in2004 and 2008. Learn more: https://www.prweb.com/releases/mayor_lori_lightfoot_joins_smita_shah_chair_of_the_sister_cities_of_chicago_delhi_committee_for_annual_lunch_and_proclaims_october_2nd_as_mahatma_gandhi_day_in_chicago/prweb16614875.htm
She also sits on the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Auxiliary Council and organizes programs for the American Society of Civil Engineers (Illinois chapter. She is the Head of the Delhi Sister Cities International Program.