2016 CHI Luncheon Honoree, Ritu Banga.
Ritu Banga is co-founder of Zoomdojo, a college to career initiative. She is a trustee of Marymount School, New York. From 2007 to 2011, she was a board member of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation, with a key role in establishing the university in Bangladesh. She led the search for the first ViceChancellor for the university; was on the Executive Committee of the board; and also on the Building & Facilities Committee. Previously, Ritu was a trustee at the International School of Brussels; and President, Joint Schools Association, New York, a non-profit organization that brings together independent schools in the city. She has also served on the Advisory Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York.
Ritu has been invited to speak at conferences and career workshops at universities such as Columbia University, City University of New York – Hunter College, Cornell University, New York University, Vanderbilt University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. She focuses on youth-centered career topics, including entrepreneurship, women in the workplace, technology, social enterprise, veteran’s career transitions and careers at the intersection of disciplines. Ritu advises Global China Connection, a student organization with chapters in over 50 universities around the world, on their annual and chapter conferences in the USA. She also advises the South Asia Business Association at Columbia University on their annual India Business Conference.
Ritu is committed to access and success for inner city public school students from high school through college to career. She has worked as a volunteer college counselor at the La Guardia Community College High School, Queens, New York. At Zoomdojo, she does pro bono career workshops and programs at the New York Hall of Science, South Asia Youth in Action, and the Bronx Armory.
Ritu has a B.A Economics (Hons) from Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. She started her career in product management, marketing and sales. She was then an early entrepreneur with Point of View, her strategic consulting firm, which worked with global companies and NGO’s entering India as it opened its economy in the early 90’s. She has lived in India, the UK, Belgium, Hong Kong and the USA. She is a naturalized US citizen and lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
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