We had the good fortune of connecting with Namitha Nayak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Namitha, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
Many wise people have already claimed and often repeated that while your child may retain a small portion of what you have “said” , they will most likely retain and emulate a majority of your “actions”.
While not the entire reason, this is one of the major drivers for my altruistic efforts. I believe that my actions will not only spur many people to contribute to giving back to the community where we live, it will definitely encourage my own kids to make altruism a part of their moral fiber. More recently I was able to read an essay written by my high schooler in response to a prompt by the National Honor Society. He articulated how my “character” has helped him define his own.
The most important thing I’ve done as a parent in terms of impact on my children is to instill the intrinsic nature of finding balance in the universe by giving as much or more than we receive.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a technology professional by day who is proud to serve a very important mission for the country and a philanthropist 24/7 whose focus is Triple Win. Many small engagements between various individuals/groups each with a WIN for 3 different parties all adding up to a much bigger community impact. I believe in acting swiftly and with confidence. Having the humility to accept potential hurdles or failures and use that to change and adapt constantly.
Several years ago, when a dear co-worker was diagnosed with a life threatening disease, I started a campaign called “clothes for caring” to help offset some medical bills. This small action over the years has led to sustainable fashion with a Triple Win Goal
1. Prevent clothes to landfills by accepting donations
2. Affordable Indian ethnic fashion for purchase to all
3. All funds generated serving as capital to award grants to local US non profits with boots on the ground for causes such as fighting hunger, helping families, education and environmental causes.
While the journey was not easy, I was able to overcome obstacles along the way due to creative problem solving , effective use of technology and most importantly the support and benevolence of the community and volunteers.
The lesson I continue to learn is that every small effort has value and passion and honesty can never fail you.
I would love for everyone to learn about the various programs offered by our non profit and join hands with us. Together we can make an impact!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being newer to the metroplex, I am somewhat of an explorer myself. Some of the places I would highly recommend is the amazing restaurant scene with the multitude of cuisines to try. Secondly the trail and outdoor parks in and around Dallas are absolutely a must see! From the Dallas Arboretum to the local park like bicentennial with a small zip line, there is something extremely refreshing about spending time outdoors in almost all seasons except the peak of summer. Lastly, if you want some retail therapy, the Allen outlet mall and various other shopping hubs will help the most reluctant shopper open their purse strings too!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to my husband Rajesh and my family for always supporting and encouraging me to follow my heart. I also want to express deep gratitude to my leadership team at PIN and all the volunteers and contributors.
Rajesh Nayak Photography