BY DIVYA DESAI*
‘Tribute to Atlanta Naari’, a photographic ode to Atlanta women.
They are mothers and wives, sisters and daughters. They are successful professionals and strong role models. They lead with their hearts and give back to the community. Let us salute the ‘heroes’ of our community!
Photography and Concept: Divya Desai
Make up: Kripa Bhatt
Hair Stylist: Tina Cash
Dr. Sharma, a well-known personality in Atlanta, comes from a family of educationists. She holds a Doctorate degree in Psychology. An avid supporter of education, she is also is a Trustee on the Board of Clayton State University Foundation. She was chairperson of the Psychology Department at Tennessee Temple University.
In 2001, Dr. Sharma incorporated a company to identify and select from across the globe, highly skilled teachers to provide quality education in critical subject areas across the United States of America. These teachers, who are from many different countries enrich the school children’s knowledge not only in academics but also in various cultures. Dr. Sharma’s organization also helps these teachers to be part of the high quality educational system in America and bring their rich knowledge back to their countries’ schools.
Dr. Sharma believes that education is the key to success for all children and to make children commit to education, Dr. Sharma along with her husband Dr. Chandler Sharma founded the FI HI (Finish High School) Hope Foundation, a support system that offers monetary and tutorial help to encourage students, who are on the verge of dropping out, to complete their high school education.
She is currently working on promoting STEM education across the developing countries. She is also a founder member and trustee of a STEM model school in India.
As a multi-faceted person, Dr. Sharma has held several other significant positions such as: Chairman of Board of Directors in IACA, Trustee of Sanatan Mandir and Trustee of the Hindu Temple of Atlanta.
Her Data Point Systems Inc., was chosen as the recipient of the Georgia Minority Business Technology Industry award.
A true Rotarian, Dr. Sharma is a past President of Rotary Club of Lake Spivey, Clayton County and Founder President of Emory Druid Hills Club. With a notion of “Service above Self”, she has organized several medical camps and other relief camps in India and Nepal. Her recent charity activities include promoting construction of restrooms for schools in areas where students are forced to discontinue their education because of lack of restrooms; providing transportation vans to hospitals to carry the deceased, where they are now being carried either manually or by hand carts.
As a member of many non-profit organizations; Dr. Sharma’s philanthropic and welfare activities have touched many lives across the world. Her business and social commitment and dedication was recognized when the proclamation of “Outstanding Georgia Citizen” was presented by the Secretary of State of Georgia in 2009.
Dr. Sharma thrives on helping the community and inspires others to make positive changes in the lives of people around them.