Shubhi S. Rao

Founder & CEO, Uplevyl

I enjoy solving problems and there are many problems inherent in our societal structure that impact women. Throughout my career, I have achieved remarkable heights as a board member, C-Suite executive, and leader. While these professional victories have been hard-earned, they merely scratch the surface of who I am. Above all else, my roles as a wife and mother hold the most profound significance in my heart. Through these life experiences, I possess an unwavering empathy for the complexities that countless professional women face in today's world.

In this digital age, as we venture into the realm of AI, it becomes glaringly apparent that the technology dominating our lives has predominantly been designed and executed by men. Yet, here's the truth that cannot be ignored: these platforms fall short when it comes to addressing the unique needs and aspirations of professional women. It is high time for women to rise and craft technology platforms exclusively tailored for our own experiences. The need for such platforms has remained woefully unaddressed until now.

With a resolute vision of reshaping the world to be more inclusive of women, I founded Uplevyl. Uplevyl is more than just a platform; it represents a profound sense of belonging for professional women. Each and every one of us deserves access to resources that nurture growth across every facet of our lives. Uplevyl is the realization of a dream—a sanctuary where women can find solace, a trusted companion that guides them through the intricacies of their lives, and an unwavering source of enrichment for generations to come.

In the midst of the AI era, it is of utmost importance that we, women do not fall behind, but rather seize the abundant opportunities that await us. I wholeheartedly believe that the AI era will also present a multitude of new roles for women that can leverage our inherent skill sets and unique perspectives. Together, let us rewrite the narrative of the AI era—a future where women soar to unimaginable heights, break barriers, and leave an indelible mark on the world.

Dr. Patricia Greene

Innovation and Data

I've always been passionate about empowering professional women to strive for growth and excellence, and this reflects in my work experience. I’ve been an entrepreneurship professor at Babson College where I led the development and deployment of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses as the Global Academic Director of 10,000 Women. I was also the 18th Director of the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, championing women in the workforce, including women business owners. Most recently I’ve been COO for Tilted Windmill Games and educational advisor for Portfolia, a company with a new model for equity investing. I feel extremely proud to be leading the Innovation and Research activities at Uplevyl!

Why do you feel a sense of belonging at Uplevyl?

Working with Uplevyl is exciting as it brings together my personal mission of advancing women entrepreneurs, with an extreme focus on how we can use technology to change the world of work for women.

Maegon Sauer

Head of Operations

I am a former Sport Performance Coach who pivoted into tech, carrying over the spirit and virtues of sportswomanship into my work at Uplevyl as I lead the Operations team. In my role, I wear many hats and love the challenge of solving the myriad of unique situations that a start-up faces on daily basis. Outside of the office, you can probably find me on a trail somewhere, running, or exploring with my husband and two dogs.

Why do you feel a sense of belonging at Uplevyl?

Uplevyl has truly been a game-changing experience for me, primarily because of the team behind it. Every day I'm surrounded by so many powerful women and thought-leaders from every demographic and background imaginable—both from the internal team and through our content. Their influence constantly pushes me to better myself in the professional, personal, and financial areas of my life. The team's hard work, dedication, support, and guidance inspire me to do the same for them and truly feel that we are making a difference for women all over the world.

Kim Martin

Data strategy

I have been a professional computer scientist for over 20 years specializing in data engineering, machine learning, distributed systems optimization and scale, and tech leadership.I've created big data solutions, recommendation engines, and custom search applications for the Department of Defense, Cubic, Avis/Budget, Eli Lilly, and HBO, among others. In the past, I've worked for YouTube, Google, and Netflix—and currently I am a software engineering and data science executive at Indeed in Austin. I often include “changing hearts and minds about data” in the description of my day to day work. I hold a B.S. in Mathematics, a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications, and an MS in Computer Science. I sit on the Board of Directors for Mom Pro Network, an organization focused on providing resources and empowerment to single professional mothers. I am a mom, a member of the Austin Mediocre Golfers Association, an avid karaoke singer and pianist, and a passionate advocate for gender and ethnic diversity in tech.

Why do you feel a sense of belonging at Uplevyl?

Uplevyl feels like a place where I can grow my interests, learn new things, and find a global community focused around the things I care most about. As a single new mom and tech executive, I don’t encounter a lot of women in my immediate circles, so it’s nice to know there’s a place to go to find people with similar experiences who are also just figuring it all out.

Sneha Bhat

Content and Engagement

I am a brand strategist, copywriter, and book editor with 15+ years of experience spanning sectors, industries, and companies. As a freelance professional, I thrive best when I collaborate with clients who enfold me into their vision, so we can take the project to greater heights together! Outside of work, I enjoy meditation, gardening, cooking, soulful conversations, and making art.

Why do you feel a sense of belonging at Uplevyl?

In my personal and professional past, I’ve encountered women who are other women’s worst enemies. I believed it shouldn’t be that way. In a world where we can support and lift each other up, why should we behave otherwise? Since joining Uplevyl, I have been fortunate to have trusted mentors who treat me as an equal and value my expertise. Despite not holding a high-ranking position in a prestigious company, my voice is heard. I take pride in being associated with both women and male allies who embody these principles.

Phaedra Rogers

Content and Engagement

As a print and digital writer specializing in content strategy for Uplevyl, my passion is for the written word. With a degree in journalism, I assumed I’d write primarily for magazines or newspapers; I had no idea what the future held. Blogs, profiles, narratives, social media, and email campaigns - it's all under my umbrella, and I relish every minute of it. When not behind my laptop, you might find me sharing unsolicited bird facts with my family, who have never shared my obsession with backyard bird-watching.

Why do you feel a sense of belonging at Uplevyl?

I've experienced many starts and stops throughout my career, making me feel like a professional outlier. My professional experiences weren’t similar to my colleagues who had linear career trajectories. Cross-country moves with three daughters in tow required strict focus on cobbling together a solid professional foundation - regardless of where I lived. Uplevyl is where I don't feel I have to compare myself to anyone else's standard. My mindset immediately shifted to accept my experiences as a strength instead of a disadvantage. I'm blessed to be surrounded by so many brilliant, diverse women who remind me there's more than one way to define success.

Harsh Kumar

Delhi Team Lead

A cinephile with a degree in literature, I have a keen interest in human analytics and operations, which is why I derive great pleasure from my work at Uplevyl—be it market research, communications, PR, or working in India to build a strong community of professional women for the platform. I can talk endlessly about basketball, exciting volunteer programs, dogs, treks, and food, of course!

Why do you feel a sense of belonging at Uplevyl?

As an Uplevyl Ally for women in India, I believe there is no better place for me than Uplevyl. Thanks to Uplevyl, each day I get to learn something new from all the members of its powerful team. It's safe to say that Uplevyl has now become my second home.

Kelly Murray

Content and Operations

I am a member of our Operations Team. I have worked in the Gaming and Hospitality industries in various capacities including Marketing, Hotel Management as well as Human Resources. I hold a bachelor's degree in History with an emphasis in Secondary Education. I enjoy traveling, antiquing, and am a self proclaimed foodie and francophile. I admit I have read close to 100 books on all things French!

Why do you feel a sense of belonging at Uplevyl?

I am truly honored to work for Uplevyl and with its talented team that is providing women with content resources under one umbrella to aid in navigating through life in all its complexities and in a manageable amount of time! I love how the content is packaged for the time-pressed woman needing to get out the door, like I was for much of my career. Uplevyl is what I have been looking for, both personally and professionally.

Sarah Price

Product Data Analyst

After receiving a Master's degree in biology, I joined Uplevyl to pursue my passion of uplifting women throughout their life journeys. In my role, I pull from my experience in diving through data to support all aspects of Uplevyl and bring out the story from the data. Outside of my role at Uplevyl, I love biking with my husband, spending time training our rescue dog, and scaling routes at the climbing gym.

Why do you feel a sense of belonging at Uplevyl?

Being surrounded by members of Uplevyl who share similar passions in supporting women is where I feel the most sense of belonging. Every dataset I analyze captures a unique corner of Uplevyl that can help close the gap that exists in marginalized communities. At every discussion, I have the privilege to hear perspectives from people of different backgrounds all aligned to enhance a platform that “Uplevyls" women to their best self. Here, I am inspired to be my true self.