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.

Franziska Schmitt

Data and Research

Franziska is a PhD candidate in Information Systems, with a focus in Digital Entrepreneurship and Diversity at Freie Universität Berlin. She is an Entrepreneurial Architect with over five years of work experience in tech startups, finance, strategic communications, and business development. Currently, Franziska is Program Director at Humanize.

With a Bachelor in Finance from Stuttgart, Germany, Franziska worked at financial institutions in Germany and Silicon Valley as a press spokeswoman, financial analyst, and in strategic communications. In 2015, Franziska moved to New Jersey, and earned a master’s degree in Business Communications at Rider University. During this time abroad, Franziska published a book chapter on gender quotas, volunteered as the President of the Rider Women Leadership Council's Mentoring Program, and completed an internship at Morgan Stanley in San Francisco. After graduating, she worked at tech startups in New York and Princeton as a product manager and marketing expert while teaching a bachelor's course in Digital Communications at Rutgers University.

After four years in the United States, she spent four months in Indonesia to study mindfulness. She has been living in Berlin since 2019, worked at a consulting firm, and managed a female founders accelerator. She is also a meditation, mindfulness, and yoga teacher. Franziska taught entrepreneurship education at Europa-Universität Flensburg for 2 years, and is now the Program Director at Humanize.

Why do you feel a sense of belonging at Uplevyl?

At Uplevyl, I feel a sense of belonging as I get to work together with incredible smart people on an innovative technology for women entrepreneurs, to shine a spotlight on women leaders, advance them in their mission and increase their visibility.

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.

Dev & Ops

Dev & Ops

At Uplevyl, we embrace the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” recognizing that our journey is bolstered by the collective strength and support of our Developers & Operations team. This dedicated group of professionals stands as the backbone of our initiatives, embodying our shared commitment to innovation and excellence. Their unwavering support and collaborative spirit ensure that Uplevyl continues to ascend, powered by a community that champions our mission and values at every step.