Lola Soyebo Harris, President
Lola graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree. She began her career as a packaging engineer at General Mills in Minneapolis and has led multiple cross-functional projects in cost-saving initiatives and product launches. She currently works as a project manager for Wholesome Sweeteners located in Sugar Land, TX and is also a 2nd year MBA student at the University of Houston. Lola enjoys gardening, DIY projects and spending time with her husband and two young sons.
Vainatha Polasani, EVP of Finance
Vainatha grew up in India where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM). After graduating, she worked as a Software Engineer in a global e-commerce company for five years. Vainatha is currently pursuing an MBA from CT Bauer College of Business. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with family.
Akriti Anand, Executive VP of Strategic Partnerships
Akriti holds a Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering from Manipal University, India and a post-graduate degree in management from Great Lakes Institute of Management, India. She started her career as a software developer with Motorola and later moved on to product management in a startup. Akriti is currently pursuing an MBA from C T Bauer College of Business at University of Houston. She is an avid reader, loves to give back to her community and is a foodie. (View Linked-In Profile)
Omoye Ebhomielen, Executive VP of Professional Development
Omoye graduated from The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) with a major in Financial Economics and a minor in International Affairs.Since graduation, she has worked in the banking sector in Lagos Nigeria, first in commercial banking for Citibank Nigeria and later in Risk Management for Access Bank Plc. Omoye is currently a student at CT. Bauer College of Business and is pursuing an MBA in Corporate Finance. She enjoys spending time with friends and loves oatmeal cookies.
Geetika Gakhar, Executive VP of Mentorship
Geetika holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from IGIT, India and a post-graduate degree in management from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, India. She has four years of experience in marketing and supply chain domain. She worked in brand management team of India's largest automobile company- Tata Motors Ltd. She was instrumental in establishing digital media strategy for Tata Nano, world's most economically priced car. Geetika is currently pursuing an MBA from C T Bauer College of Business at University of Houston. She is an enthusiastic Bollywood fan and enjoys trying different cuisines.
Guadalupe Hernandez, VP of Community Outreach
Guadalupe has an undergraduate degree in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her MBA, she interned at BP and The Institute for Geophysics and worked as an analyst for CoreLogic, Digital Motorworks and LIM. Guadalupe is currently working for Morningstar as a data quality manager and pursuing her MBA degree with a focus in energy risk management. Outside of school and work, she loves to read, travel and spend time with her family.
Chinenye Nwangwu Olufade, VP of Membership
Chinenye graduated from the University of Nigeria in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy major). She began her career working as a Physical Therapist for the Nigerian Presidency and then the National Assembly. She also spent five years working for Nigeria’s top Military agency, from where she acquired basic military training. She is currently pursuing an MBA from the UH Bauer College of Business with a concentration in Management and Management Consulting. She is a food enthusiast and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Jennifer Kim, VP of Communications
Jen Kim holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from New York University. She is working at ExxonMobil on Polymer research. Currently, she is pursuing a Professional MBA with a focus in Finance and Accounting. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, playing piano, and culinary exploits.
Laxmi Ramana, VP of Logistics
Laxmi is a current first year Master in Finance student at C.T. Bauer College of Business. She holds Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematical Biology from University of Houston. Post-graduation, she worked as a Research Assistant on pharmacological projects to find cure for Auto-immune diseases such as Cancer and Lupus in Texas Medical Center for two years. Laxmi loves to travel and has been to 8 countries so far.
Vedajyoti Chowdhury, VP of Public Relations
Vedajyoti is a Full time MBA student at the Bauer College of Business focusing in Finance and Management. She grew up in India and holds a Master of Science degree in Geography. She has a background in Non-Profit Management with focus in Micro-Finance. She is also a professional Indian Classical dance artist. She loves to read, travel and spend time with her family.
Ankita Jaiswal, VP of Technology
Ankita holds a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University, India. She started her career in Mid & Downstream Company as a Structural Engineer. After working for three years in Energy industry, she is now here in Houston, the Energy Capital of the world to pursue her full-time MBA Program. She enjoys watching Bollywood movies and loves spending time with her family and friends in her spare time.
Yenlik Abiyeva, Region 4 DirectorYenlik was born and raised in Kazakhstan and holds a Bachelors degree in Finance and an Associates Degree in Engineering and Technology. She is currently a second-year, full-time MBA student at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business with a focus on Supply Chain Management and Finance. Her professional experience consists of working in the finance and accounting department of a collision and repair center as well as project coordination in an industrial natural gas equipment distribution company. In her spare time enjoys reading, watching movies, bike riding and swimming.
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