Seema Handu is a world-changer with the Midas touch. She has participated in laboratory and management roles in a biopharma company that went IPO and got sold, while bringing a well-known product like Lubriderm to market. She built and sold a software company for the pharma industry which literally defined the standard for FDA approvals for drugs, transforming and facilitating the process for drug development and approval.
Now she is looking to make a positive impact on children’s global health through Children’s Global Health Initiative, where she serves as managing director. Leveraging the research, infrastructure, network and successes of the Oakland Children’s Hospital, and the desire of passionate people to make a broader, more sustainable impact on children worldwide, this new nonprofit intends to tangibly diagnose and treat children and their community, educate the community around global health initiatives, and fund research designed to better serve the health needs of people living in remote communities. Seema invites us to find out more about CGHI and its initiatives through their web site http://www.cghi.info. She shares the following advice for non profits leveraging technology:
- Technology has made great strides in the last two decades, and can be well leveraged for non profits with solutions like the web and social media and even medical device development and drug development.
- Focus on your passion and providing a value for the people you serve.
- Stretch and grow your skills and abilities, and work with a cause you believe in, joining people you want to work with.
- Give those you love around you room to be who they are, to do things the way they would do it.
- Never settle for doing something you tire of or don’t want to do. Transition into doing something that better serves your passion and purpose.
Please join me in thanking Seema for taking the time to participate in our interview, for sharing her inspiring story with us, and for all she does for all of us on behalf of children around the world.