Founder, The Simple Good, USA | Founder, The Simple Good, USA
As a Chicago creative and entrepreneur, Priya Shah, has directed her energy toward building a network of artists and collaborators dedicated to igniting social awareness and change through art and imagination. Shah engaged in volunteer work in 3rd world countries at a young age which led her to pursue degrees in Accounting & Finance from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign after witnessing the gap between business and the social sector. After graduating she worked in Corporate America in Assurance at Big Four Accounting firm, Ernst & Young, and then entered the start-up sector at Groupon leading strategic planning in Operations before.
Her volunteer work in developing countries has allowed her to shape her purpose and connect issues impacting youth both locally and abroad. This has culminated into her founding the non-profit organization, The Simple Good. In March 2015, Priya was asked to present her journey at TEDx River North where she expressed a passionate talk on her journey of The Simple Good called, “How the Simple Things Create Hope.”
Since then, she has received a number of honors including being nominated for Forbes 30 Under 30, Ariane de Rothschild Fellow at Cambridge University, Brand Ambassador for Marc Fisher’s #MAKEYOURMARC Women in Philanthropy, winner of MADE Magazine’s Impact List 2016, Chicago Women’s Magazine Changemaker, BMW’s Payit4ward Honoree, amongst others. Most recently, she is the Executive Producer for a documentary film on her journey of bringing The Simple Good to post-genocide Rwanda called ‘Project: Building Hope’.