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Member Highlight: Meghana Chintala

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

Meghana Chintala is a rising sophomore majoring in Business Economics. Hailing from San Jose, she is an invaluable member of our team who’s most passionate about social entrepreneurship. On-campus, Meghana is primarily involved with ROOT[D Dance Co. an urban South Asian dance group and BWIB. This Summer, she is busy working with two innovative startup companies which helped her gain a growth and think outside of the box mindset.

Why did you join Net Impact?

Net Impact’s mission has stood out to me since the day I sought out to apply for various business clubs. As business leaders emerge today, it is important to intertwine business and social impact. As social consultants, we propose a business model or certain strategies that put the organization’s mission at the center.

What have you been up to this summer?

This summer, I have been working with two social innovative start-ups, VHomes and United4Information. The startup culture has definitely challenged me to adopt a growth mindset and really think outside the box. I have also enjoyed working with incredibly driven and intelligent students around the world. It truly has been a great learning experience and I am forever grateful.

What are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about social entrepreneurship. I strongly believe that social entrepreneurship is the new business model. Whether I work for a company or start my own in the future, I hope to foster social responsibility as a core value in the work environment.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from Net Impact?

Net Impact has taught me the concept of sustainability. The club challenged me to view all three foundations of sustainability: economic, social, and environmental. It has influenced me to think and research before purchasing a clothing piece or a food item. For example, I ask myself whether or not the stores I shop at contribute to greenhouse gas emissions or pay their workers unfair wages.

What is your favorite memory from Net Impact?

My favorite memory from Net Impact was an ice breaker at our general meeting. We were all split into teams and had to strategically build the highest tower out of toothpicks, marshmallows, and tape. My team was a mess, but it was a great bonding experience.

What are your hobbies?

I love to dance, specifically to South Asian mixes. It’s probably the only physical activity I do every day since I am so lazy to work out. I have recently also started quarantine cooking/baking. I am definitely not a professional, and I like to tell myself that it’s not the presentation of the dish but the taste that matters ;).

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