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A lifelong entrepreneur, Deepti Sharma is the CEO and Founder of FoodtoEat, a community-minded catering concierge service. She started FoodtoEat in 2011 to connect immigrant, women and minority-owned food vendors to opportunities for growth – ultimately helping them strengthen their own business skills. FoodtoEat helps businesses feed employees great food and build stronger & more diverse work cultures. She is also a Co-Founder of Bikky, a platform solving customer engagement for restaurants.
As a mother and small business owner, Deepti is a vocal advocate for policies that benefit these communities. She served on the Board for the Business Center for New Americans, a non-profit that encourages immigrant entrepreneurship by providing micro-loans and financial education. She also writes about how companies can modernize motherhood in the workplace, and mentors female entrepreneurs as part of the NYC Mayor’s WE NYC initiative.
On today’s show Deepti shares the key of successfully working with your husband, balancing being a mother with being a boss and giving back to the immigrant community. Deepti also discusses the lack of diversity in the media and workplace and its importance in shaping the minds of the future generations. Without further ado, here is Deepti Sharma.
In Today’s Episode We Discuss:
- Growing up with an immigrant family in NYC
- Not being able to fully relate to any country
- The difficulties of finding your place as an immigrant teenager
- What is the purpose of FoodtoEat?
- Assisting immigrant-led businesses and spreading awareness
- Educating immigrant business owners on how to scale their business
- How COVID-19 affected food-based business
- Feeding frontline workers and families in need during the pandemic
- Collaborating with Chefs for America and World Central Kitchen
- The domestic violence number growth during the pandemic
- How was Deepti’s second business, Bikky born?
- On growing a business with your husband
- The importance of good communication skills in a relationship
- Separating work life from personal life
- Balancing being a boss with being a mom
- Favorite part of being a mom
- The convenience culture of America
- Advice for women on how to balance a career with raising a family
- On being unapologetically yourself
- How your women of color seeing themselves represented on TV in main roles will change their views of themselves growing up
- The lack of diversity on TV
- Advice for women who want to make a difference but are unsure of what direction to take in their lives
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
- The joy of withing your children grow and learn
- Deepti’s experience studying abroad in Poland
- The generational trauma
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