BOSTON—As TiE Boston gets ready to host its annual TiECON East 2021 on Oct. 1 at the Weston Hotel in Waltham, MA, its president Anu Chitrapu talks about why and who should attend the Northeast’s largest conference of entrepreneurs and for entrepreneurs.
All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated and follow the CDC health guidelines. Major sponsors of the conference, which will have 50 panelists and three keynote speakers, are Amazon, Microsoft, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Arent Fox, Converge, Sittercity, Innospark, Thread Research, Progress and Embark.
To watch the full interview with Ms. Chitrapu, please click here, or on the image below.
For more information on TiECON East 2021, please visit the event’s website at https://www.tieconeast.com/
Ms. Chitrapu is Senior Vice-President and Global Procurement Executive at Bank of America. She is a seasoned and dynamic business leader with a track record of motivating teams to step up their performance and a natural evangelist and influencer with the ability to get people excited about an organization and its mission.
She has been involved with TiE Boston since 2004, when along with a group of other TiE Boston women, she helped create the TiE Women’s Initiative (TiEWIN) with the mission of inspiring and empowering women leaders. TiEWIN brought luminaries like Indra Nooyi to speak at TiE Boston. Ms. Chitrapu was also part of the TiECON organizing team for multiple years. She became a charter member of TiE Boston in 2006 and joined the TiE Boston board in Jan 2020.
Ms. Chitrapu is passionate about women empowerment, eliminating gender based violence, education for girls and protecting the environment. It was this passion that led to the creation of Nyrvaana, a social enterprise founded by Anu and her two sisters, with a mission of saving fabric from landfill while providing employment to disadvantaged women.
Ms. Chitrapu was President of Vision Aid, a non-profit organization focused on helping the visually challenged. During her 6-year tenure, she pioneered a unique fund raising model that forms the backbone of the organization’s growth. She is currently on the advisory boards of Saheli and Direct Action for Women Now (DAWN) and is an active member of several Boston based non-profit organizations including American India Foundation (AIF) and Ekal Vidyalaya.
Writing has been a longstanding passion for Ms. Chitrapu and she hopes to increase awareness of social issues through her writing. Her short story, “The Legacy”, shone a spotlight on inequity and social injustice and was awarded second place in an international short story competition. She is also a columnist for India New England News.
Ms. Chitrapu holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.