This year, Smita Shah, the Chairperson of Delhi-Chicago Sister Cities International committee together with the mayor of Lori Lightfoot, Adrea Zopp, the CEO of World Business Chicago, Senator Dick Durbin and First Lady Amy Eshelman attended the annual Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi luncheon.
The luncheon marked its 5th year of honoring Mahatma Gandhi for leading civil rights movements worldwide. The Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi luncheon was founded in 2014 by the Delhi committee under Smita Shah’s leadership.
Mahatma Gandhi has long been recognized as a very influential individual in the twentieth century. He advocated for all individuals, including the disenfranchised and the poor, as well as championed the causes of equality, economic opportunity, and education among everyone.
Chicago city has seen significant contributions towards its development over the years from the Indian American community. The community still plays a vital role in the city’s life, and hence Chicago enjoys a strong relationship with Delhi since 2001.
About Smita Shah
Smita Shah is a renowned and influential leader who has won a number of awards and honors including Community Leader of the Year American Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois); the Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist by Ernst & Young; and the Young Civil Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has also been listed as the 19th Most Connected Person in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business.
Shah is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President of SPAAN Technology, which she launched in 1998. The company boasts of having a number of recognitions, including being listed as Best of Business in Chicago Engineering Services by The Small Business Commerce Association as well as Engineering Excellence Honor Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies.
SPAAN Tech, Inc. was also listed as number 1821 in the 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies by Inc. Magazine. Apart from being the President of the company, Smita Shah serves as a member of the Board of Directors for several organizations and companies including After School Matters, Museum of Science and Industry, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, the Chicago Plan Commission, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
She is well-known for her efforts and commitment to strengthen global partnerships and promote cultural and economic growth. As such, she serves as the Chair of the Delhi-Chicago Sister Cities Committee, the recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor, offers support on the White House Advance Team, and serves as a United States ambassador for the APEC Women and the Economy Forum.
Smita Shah is strongly dedicated to nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship; hence, she serves as an advocate for the growth of startups and small firms in the promotion of community businesses and emerging industries.
She takes every chance she gets to conduct mentorships programs to inspire future leaders and young professionals. She is a strategic advisor and a civic leader for top public policy organizations with involvement in M.I.T. Corporation Development Council and Delegate and Vice-Chair of the Rules Committee at the Democratic National Convention. Learn more: http://chicagosistercities.com/sister-cities/delhi-india/
Shah is a Professional Engineer with licenses in multiple states (AP LEED BD+C). She went to M.I.T., Northwestern University, and Oxford University.