“It is truly a pleasure to have Dirgesh on our national board. He is a proud INROADS alumnus and our 2019 INROADS Innovator of the Year Awardee,” said Forest T. Harper, Jr., INROADS President and CEO. “He brings many years of national and global leadership and is already contributing major impact to enhance the INROADS mission and future workforce.”
Patel brings nearly 20 years of global experience in strategic management and consultancy. His career has led him to garner partnerships with multi-billion dollar companies around the globe, including in India, Canada and Mexico, creating consumer facing solutions in various arenas of business, such as digital business growth, creative branding and marketing, account development and portfolio management, and ROI and expansion in profit margin.
“I’m truly honored to be a part of INROADS National Board. As an alumnus of the program, it’s a special moment for me to be able to embody the mission of INROADS and show how this organization truly impacts students. My career has soared as a result of the INROADS programs, and I’m ready to help advance more students through this board appointment,” said Patel.
Throughout his career, Patel has played an active role in the C-suite from global management to senior director to vice president – a path many INROADers land as a result of being a part of INROADS.
“INROADS has been a major force in my life and career. I’m ready to help drive overall growth for this organization so that other diverse students can experience corporate culture, skill development and career advancement as I have,” said Patel.
Patel will serve on the INROADS National Board of Directors for a three-year board term, working with the board member team to advance the organization’s mission to support and develop talented youth across the nation.
For more information about INROADS, its programs and how to become connected to the nonprofit, visit www.INROADS.org.
Founded in 1970, INROADS develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership that affects community renewal and social change and elevates economic status and quality of life. INROADS has placed students in over 135,000 paid internships throughout its history, and graduated over 28,000 alumni into full-time professional and leadership positions with over 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves nearly 1,300 interns and 200 corporate clients. Learn more at INROADS.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: @INROADSInc.