My Mission In every aspect of what I do I bring creativity, strategy, common sense and Dharma to inspire, build brands, and enrich communities. I thrive off helping those around me reach their potential and succeed – whether it be with the brands I serve at MSD, the people who benefit from our programming at The Desai Foundation, or by simply connecting my friends. I believe there is beauty and greatness in all of us.
Desai Foundation empowers women and children through community programs to elevate health and livelihood in the US and India.
Megha is President of the Desai Foundation, a public foundation that aims to elevate the health and livelihood of women and children through community programs in the U.S. and India. She is also the Founder of MSD (Marketing. Strategy. Dharma.), a branding and strategic partnership advisory serving social good brands.
Prior to her work in impact and community development, Megha spent 10+ years in traditional advertising at some of the most prestigious firms in the world. Her work has been awarded five Cannes Lions, along with several other distinguished awards, and she’s been a pioneer in the branded entertainment space. When she began MSD in 2010 she focused on brands that wanted to integrate social responsibility into their businesses. These brands included HP, NPR, ONE.ORG, 1 Hotels, award-winning musicians, and more.
Around the same time, Megha became more involved in the Desai Foundation – then a small family foundation. She helped to transform the organization’s mission, work, and message leading to its pivot into a robust public foundation. Her leadership has helped put the Desai Foundation on the map through heralded events, like Diwali on the Hudson and Lotus Festival, along with highly impactful programming leveraging strong partners on the ground in the US and India. The Desai Foundation focuses on sustainable development with programs spanning from vocational classes, health camps, community volunteer outreach, and sanitary napkin programs. The organization, to date, has impacted 330,000 lives in Gujarat, India, Metro-Boston, and Harlem, New York.
Megha currently sits on the advisory boards of several start-ups and non-profits, including NPR’s Generation Listen. Megha was recently nominated for India New England's Woman of the Year. She is something of a curator of people, content and experiences. Megha holds a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College of Columbia University and completed the Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford Business School. Raised in Boston, Megha channels her New England upbringing as an avid skier and New England Patriots fan. Megha enjoys singing, podcasts and her nephews. She is also a contributor to Fast Company, The Huffington Post and Entrepreneur Magazine.
Cannes Lions, ONE Show Entertainment Pencil, Jay Chiat Award, Columbia University’s King’s Crown Leadership Awards, India New England's Woman of the Year (nominated)
NPR Generation Listen, Summit Series, United Nations Foundation Council, Nexus Global Youth Summit, TiE Boston, The Impact Center, Barnard College, Columbia University, Stanford Business School, South Asians in Marketing, Media + Entertainment Association (SAMMA), Columbia’s Community Impact, SPARK Camp: Giving, Mashable Social Good, Civic Nation, United State of Women, Women in the World
Megha Desai has spoken at many conferences, schools and companies about social impact, the intersection of branding and impact, injecting social good into the DNA of your company, community development and India. She is the spokesperson for the Desai Foundation.
On Dharma & Dignity A keynote that bridges two ideas - dharma and dignity - to explore how they relate to community development and social change for women and children.
Power of the Pad: Solving Health, Stigma & Livelihood | A keynote that highlights a unique sanitary napkins program as a case study for cultivating long-term health, dignity and employment for women and girls in rural India.
The State of Community Development | A panel discussion on what's working, what isn't and how to create lasting impact for rural communities.
The Intersection of Branding and Impact | A panel or keynote on the intersection between impact and branding, exploring how one can be used to fuel the other, and how dignity and trust are pillars of impact-driven partnership.
To book Megha to speak at your conference or company please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 100% of proceeds from any speaking fees go directly to the the Desai Foundation.