Shaifali Patel

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S&P Global product executive Shaifali Patel, in brief.

Shaifali Patel

Home: Basking Ridge, NJ.  Age: Just some number!  Birthplace: India.  Profession: Technology and Product.  Organization: S&P Global.  Title: Global Head of Product – Data and Content. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Alma mater: Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Languages spoken: English and Gujrati.

Recent (personal) recognition: “Mom you make me proud – you are the best!” (From my thirteen year old 😊).  Recent (professional) recognition: S&P Global CTO recognition for Tech fluency. Recent professional development: Completed executive learning certificates from MIT: Mastering Design Thinking; Implications for Business Strategy: Artificial  Intelligence.  Latest contribution to others: I provide mentorship to Women in Technology and Product.  Coach Destination Imagination teams advocating stem to future generations.  Hobbies: Learning and finding ways to be a minimalist!  Going on road trips and finding new places!  Recent travel or adventure: Not recent, but we were once stuck in Mexico during a hurricane and ended up in a shelter for four days.  Hitch-hiked a ride to the nearest airport and finally made it home safely!  Last book read: Dare to Lead, by Brene Brown.  Recently viewed and recommended: Billions. I haven’t seen it yet, but my husband raves about it!

Personality profile: Purpose driven, inherently curious and empathetic leader with an innate ability to connect the dots and move things forward!  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Trustworthy.  Moral compass: "If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it" (Marcus Aurelius).  How do you define a perfect friendship? You don’t always see them but you know they are there.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Working together to achieve the right outcome.  What is your greatest joy? My kids!  What is your guilty pleasure? Buttercream chocolate anything!  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Healthcare professionals.  How do you relieve stress? Walking or rowing with super charged songs I love!  What ingredients are essential to your perfect vacation? Sun, beach or pool, NO cell phones.

What book(s) have you repeatedly read? Homo Deus; Sapiens; Life 3.0; A Thousand Splendid Suns, along with many other favorites!  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Under the Tuscan Sun.  What is the best advice you received  growing up? Life is tough but so are you!  My grandmother said this to me when I was eight and leaving to come to America.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Cell phones.  What is your favorite app? Instagram.  What is your go-to source of news and information? NPR News.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? The pandemic, which made me realize the importance of making time for the family and finding joy even in the simplest moments.

What message do you want to send out into the world?

Let's start focusing on what really matters to save what we have left.

What widely held belief do you  reject? It’s too late.  What mega-trend most excites you? The metaverse.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My Grandma.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? An astronaut.  What object would you first save from your burning home? Pictures and my memory boxes.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my kids eating cakes while playing all their favorite games.  What advice would you give your younger self? You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will get to a better place.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? None.  Every experience has helped me become who I am today.

Personal mission: Helping people to elevate their learning goals, from knowing something to understanding it.  "If you can not explain it simply, you do not understand it well enough” (Albert Einstein).   Personal motto: Everything happens for a reason.  Have faith in God.  Favorite quote: “The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the  ones who do” (Steve Jobs).

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