Pooja is currently working on Children’s books designed to motivate kids, especially girls, to run for elected office at all levels of government and build the confidence to become leaders.
Pooja collaborates with Professor Ellen Markman (Markman Lab) at Stanford University on developmental and social psychology research at the intersections of motivation, gender gaps, stereotype formation, mindsets, belief systems, leadership and self-efficacy. She is currently a co-author of a working study investigating the potential for language used in motivational, feminist-style Children’s books to backfire and unintentionally result in a lack of motivation to lead.
BOOK: The 3-Day Reset
A professionally trained chef and graduate of both the NGI and Cornell’s Plant Based Nutrition Certificate Course, Pooja has spent more than a decade dedicated to combatting our nations obesity epidemic and the health crisis associated with the Standard American Diet (SAD). Her book, The 3-Day Reset (Seal Press/Hachette, 2014) endorsed by John Mackey (Co-Founder, Whole Foods Market) outlines 10 simple ways you can change your cravings and start eating whole, healthy, satisfying foods. Earlier, Pooja was a healthy eating and nutrition consultant and conducted research at the non-profit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), investigating the drawbacks associated with the consumption and production of High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Pooja began her career as an Investment Banker in New York and Los Angeles with roles at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), Bear Stearns, and later joined Equity Sales and Capital Markets groups at Merrill Lynch in London and Morgan Stanley in New York. She was later the recruited to join the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, joining the Bank Supervision Group where she was a junior member of a regulatory task force headed by Jerry Corrigan.
Pooja was a 3-sport high school varsity athlete and is an avid recreational athlete and sports enthusiast.