Indian-American receives leadership award from Chicago water reclamation body


Shalini Gupta from Chicago, Illinois, received a leadership award from the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago on July 11.

Shalini Gupta poses with award from the Commissioners of the Metropolitcan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago July 11, 2019. (Photo Shalini Gupta)

The award was presented to Gupta in the presence of the MWRD  Commissioners by  Frank Avila and Kari Steele. Also present at the award ceremony was Khaja Moinuddin, the senior civil engineer at MWRD.

A resident of Chicago for the last 39 years, and the founder of the community organization, United for Peace, Gupta has Master’s degrees from Northwestern University and Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago.

She has worked in senior positions in Fortune 500 companies such as Exelon, McDonalds Corporation, Baxter, NiSource, British Petroleum, among others, and is credited with leading ‘Transformational Change’ initiatives to drive high performance, according to a press release from Gupta.

Gupta is also an author, consultant and trainer on  “Diversity and Inclusion” and has expertise in conflict mediation, the press release said.

Gupta has also been involved in India’s anti-corruption movement for a Lokpal Bill in 2011, and according to the press release, she also led the Global NRI team for India’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and in India. In 2013 she was formally appointed as the Organization Development Adviser of AAP, a party that has formed the government in Delhi, India.

As a founder and president of United for Peace, Gupta has attracted a  diverse membership and an Executive Board that comprises accomplished and committed activists in the Chicagoland area, the press release said.  The organization aims to promote understanding and respect for other cultures, ethnicities, religions, and promoting the legacy of peace activists such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and others.




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