Anjali Bindra Patel

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Chief Diversity Officer Anjali Bindra Patel, in brief.

Anjali Bindra Patel

Personality profile: INTJ.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Ride-or-die.  What is your guilty pleasure? Reality TV.  What word or phrase do you use far too often? Actually.  See it above.  I actually wish I could stop saying actually.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? White House press secretary, regardless of who is in office. What is your go-to workout? Peloton walks/jogs; taking our dog Maverick out to play.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? My Spotify playlist.

What was your first paying job? Janitorial staff at my high school.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Making up fantasy worlds for our stuffed animals with my sister.  What book have you repeatedly read? Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Pictures of my dog, spouse and kids.  What is your favorite app? Instacart.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Becoming a parent.  Made me want to be a better person.

What change would you like to see in the world? I wish there was a way to increase physical, emotional and social safety for our kids and school systems.  What mega-trend most excites you? Hybrid work.  

What mega-trend most concerns you?

Metaverse from a DEI lens.  In theory, the metaverse is a win for DEI, but it’s important to construct things in a way that users don’t feel threatened or belittled for being themselves.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? JD Salinger.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A teacher.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Besides my dog, I would grab my box of letters from loved ones.  What advice would you give your younger self? You’ll get there.

Personal motto: Keep trying.  Favorite quote: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” (Walt Disney).  

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