2023 35 Under 35 Alumna Dr. Ruchi Joshi Bhardwaj, Sr. Program Manager of Education & Research, Grand Farm

Written by: Brady Drake
Dr. Ruchi Joshi Bhardwaj

Tell us about yourself.

I am a wife, and mother to a toddler named Mowgli, as well as the caregiver of a diverse menagerie consisting of 10 beloved pets. My journey began 15 years ago when I made the decision to leave my hometown of New Delhi, India, and embark on a path of academic pursuit in Fargo. At North Dakota State University, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology, immersing myself in the rigors of academia while simultaneously involving myself in the community through volunteer initiatives.

What impact did your participation in the program have on you both professionally and personally?

Since participating in the United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program, my career path has been marked by significant growth and advancement. Initially joining the program as a program manager focused on grower and education initiatives, I seized the opportunity to further develop my leadership skills and expand my professional network.

The program provided me with invaluable insights, mentorship, and resources that have been instrumental in my journey. Armed with newfound confidence and expertise, I swiftly ascended to the role of senior program manager, where I now oversee education and research initiatives within my organization.

This progression speaks volumes about the impact of the United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program in nurturing emerging leaders and empowering women to excel in their careers. Through the program, I gained access to a supportive community of likeminded professionals, enabling me to leverage their collective wisdom and drive meaningful change within my organization and beyond.

Furthermore, the program equipped me with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate complex challenges and seize opportunities for growth and innovation. As a result, I have been able to make significant contributions to our educational and research endeavors, ultimately enhancing our impact on the community we serve.

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Brady is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media in Fargo, ND.