Shanti Raghavan

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2005


This profile was prepared when Shanti Raghavan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
Disability-friendly foreign companies are crowding into India, faced with an increasing need to recruit and retain well-trained employees. To capitalize on this opportunity, Shanti is employing a business-school approach to disabled employee training that emphasizes problem solving, team building, and other soft skills. She shares these new methodologies with other training organizations and uses them as a tool to professionalize and pool trained candidates for strategic job opportunities that she identifies.
Rather than answering individual job advertisements, Shanti uses her high-level contacts to conduct corporation-wide assessments in order to identify strategic areas to which she can introduce disabled employees. She then shares her diagnostic approach and results with other organizations who train the disabled and encourages them to approach companies in a similar manner.
In the meantime, Shanti sees the need for a professional organization that can track changing marketplace requirements and supply performance recommendations to business and engineering schools that train the next generation of disabled professionals. As a first step in this direction, she is emphasizing ongoing corporate career counseling for the disabled people and creating that capability within the corporations she serves.
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