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Avasant Foundation Executive Director recognized as “Member of the Year” by IAOP at Outsourcing World Summit 2019

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Avasant Foundation Executive Director, Chitra Rajeshwari displays her award as IAOP’s Member of the Year

Avasant Foundation, a not-for-profit arm of Avasant LLC, is proud to announce that Chitra Rajeshwari, its Executive Director, was awarded “Member of the Year” at this Outsourcing World Summit by the Industry Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP). Rajeshwari is the Chair of IAOP’s Women’s Empowerment, Leadership and Diversity chapter and has worked tirelessly to affirm and proliferate the values of inclusivity and diversity, not as token ornamentations but as true organizational values. She is also an active member of the CSR and Impact Sourcing team and served as a judge this year for the Global Impact Sourcing Award.

IAOP’s Member of the Year honors association members who have made exceptional contributions to the association and its members. These individuals are recognized by their peers at a special awards luncheon held at the association’s annual global gathering — OWS®. Winners are nominated and selected by the IAOP Team.

Debi Hamill, CEO of IAOP remarked on Rajeshwari’s unstoppable commitment to shaping the Women Empowerment: Leadership and Diversity chapter into the most dynamic IAOP has ever seen. “Not only does she chair the Women’s Empowerment chapter, and chair it well, but she is incredibly involved, and it is her destiny to promote impact sourcing as she works tirelessly in that respect,” Hamill noted.

“It is a true honor to be recognized for my work within IAOP for inclusion and diversity. Through years of effort and conversation, we’ve been able to push our collective understanding to a place that recognizes that it’s far from being enough to simply hire diversely. Organizations can only reap the benefits of diverse hires by encouraging their voices and embracing their differences as adding strength – when diverse hires are shown that they are valued, the win-win situation is undeniable. Certainly, there is still distance to be covered as we seek to bridge that gap, but I am proud to take a moment to reflect on the strides that have been made thus far,” Rajeshwari commented.

Rajeshwari was brought on board at Avasant Foundation in January 2014, with the goal of aligning corporate social responsibility initiatives for Avasant, LLC by leveraging its expertise in globalization, rural economic development, skills development, and technology services. Avasant Foundation’s mission is to identify and support programs that uplift and provide opportunities to the needy, especially youth, in underdeveloped and emerging economies. Under her directorship, Avasant Foundation won the Global Impact Sourcing Influencer award in 2018.

“We’re all incredibly proud of the work that Chitra is doing. Her tenacious disposition, innovative thinking, and courage to push the envelope inspires us all and keeps us focused on the important things,” said Kevin Parikh, Chairman of Avasant Foundation, and Global CEO of Avasant, LLC.

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About Avasant Foundation

Avasant Foundation (AF) is a private, 501(C)3, not-for-profit organization that empowers youth in emerging economies through education, employment and entrepreneurship. The Foundation collaborates with Avasant LLC and its affiliates, leveraging expertise in globalization, rural economic development, skills development and technology services.

To date, Avasant Foundation has directly impacted the lives of more than 30,000 youth across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our efforts have been recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, and more.

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About Avasant

Avasant is a leading management consulting firm focused on translating the power of technology into realizable business strategies for the world’s largest corporations. Specializing in digital and IT transformation, sourcing advisory, global strategy, and governance services, Avasant prides itself on delivering high-value engagements through industry-focused innovation and flexible client-based solutions.

Our seasoned professionals have an average of 20 years of industry-honed expertise, having conducted 1000+ engagements in over 50 countries. Avasant’s next generation consulting and advisory methods have made it the top-ranked firm in its class, with recognition from numerous organizations, including: Vault, NOA, IAOP, and Wall Street Journal.

Avasant’s engagement in the global market has inspired a strong commitment to community and purpose. Avasant Foundation supports technology and skill development programs to create employment opportunities for youth across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.
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About IAOP

IAOP was born, back in 2005, out of the idea there should be an association not simply for those working in outsourcing, but also that defines outsourcing as a profession in its own right. It was a good idea then, and though the industry and “outsourcing” have evolved into various collaborative approaches, it’s a good idea now.

IAOP’s unique characteristic—core competency—is its ability to bring together this diverse, highly collaborative and passionate group of individuals and organizations from the provider, advisor and buy-side community and provide the tools, resources and connections they need to succeed.
IAOP is truly an association for the members, by the members.

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