Sheela Murthy, the prominent and globally recognized immigration law attorney, entrepreneur, public speaker, and philanthropist, recently became the President of TiE DC. At the TiE DC annual gala on Dec. 8th, 2017, she gave a rousing talk to encourage greater unity and participation by providing greater value to its members with creative and unique programming to increase the impact of TiE DC in the region. The term President may be confusing; Ms. Murthy is in fact similar to the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for TiE DC. It is a 2 year term from Dec. 2017 – Dec. 2019.
TiE is the acronym for The Indus Entrepreneurs as it was founded by entrepreneurs of South Asian descent. TiE began in 1992 in Silicon Valley. TiE has over 61 chapters in 18 countries and 5 continents. To join TiE as a Charter member, the founder entrepreneur must have started a company with minimum annual revenues of over $10 Million or have angel investor funding in the start up of over $5 Million. Besides Charter membership, other levels of membership exist for new start up entrepreneurs. To join TiE DC, please visit TiEDC.org.
TiE DC has been one of the most successful TiE Chapters globally, based in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) corridor, with leaders and entrepreneurs in various fields who are among its vibrant Charter Members.
This year’s TiE DC Legends Award was given to Paul Singh, the founder of Rezon8Capital and a serial successful entrepreneur. The Legends Award is given each year to a successful entrepreneur who is also community and civic minded. Paul Singh embodies all those qualities. Last year’s winner was Sudhakar Kesavan who successfully grew the company by leaps and bounds. Former TiE DC Legend Award winners have included Ranvir Trehan and Ken Bajaj, who are icons in the Asian American community in the Washington DC metro area.
Sheela Murthy is the second woman in the history of TiE DC to become its President. The first woman, Dolly Oberoi is the founder and President of C2 Technologies, a tech company, with over 400 employees and also headquartered in Maryland. Similar to the MD Chamber of Commerce where Ms. Murthy was the second woman to become the Chair of the Board, she is comfortable in the role of being a trailblazer who rolls up her sleeves to get things done and energizes the Board into action.
Many of TiE’s Charter Members are leaders and titans in different fields, like technology, education, government contracting, engineering, and other businesses.