Co-Founder Corner

Rather than include the usual bios about ourselves, we decided we’d give you a little glimpse into who are through an informal Q&A.  Of course, the ramblings we’ve incorporated into our weekly blogs provide a bit of insight as well, like the fact that Malini is trained in classical Indian dance and Kyra is a wannabe Nat Geo collector.

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Malini currently considers herself a writer, entrepreneur, and mother.  Her path thus far has included a range of experiences from international development to fundraising to teaching tennis!  She is finally okay with her non-linear thinking and journey, and is looking forward to how things will unfold.  For those who wonder and still care, she received her BA in Political Science from Wellesley College and her MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University.

Now the fun…

1. If you could choose 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Silly, sensitive and overflowing (with ideas, excitement and other stuff we don’t’ have to talk about here ).

2. Your guilty pleasures consist of:

 Dance parties with my little guy and pretending its for him; fish tacos and chocolate (not together…gross); playing tennis; watching Netflix streaming or a DVRed show (currently into – West Wing and Nashville..yes you read right); getting my nature on, and sleeping in peace 🙂 

3. What or who inspires you?

Beautiful things inspire me – a sunset, a meaningful conversation, a piece of art,  the silence and calm that comes from being in the moment.  People who are fearless and true to themselves first and foremost, inspire the heck out of me.

4. What lesson(s) has your little one taught you?

To let go more. To have the courage to be real, vulnerable and myself even when its hard (sense a theme here?).  That we never really lose the curious, energetic, awesome kid spirit that we have tucked away somewhere. We thrive and grow when we let him or her out and give ourselves what we need.  And that for now, buses and lions are always IN.

5. What does 2Lokas mean to you?

We stumbled on a name that was a lot more significant than we initially realized.  To me, its an opportunity to break down silos and integrate my values and thinking that is often pulled from various, seemingly unrelated spaces into a larger vision that brings together rather than separates.  Uh what?  What if we brought cultures together to learn and mingle with one another?  What if we broke the silly divisions between young and old?  What if we brought topics together to the forefront that are too often sidelined or considered peripheral?  What if?  2Lokas represents the possibility to think differently and make it a reality.

 

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Kyra 

Kyra is a serial entrepreneur.  Oh, if only!  She has an eye for the visual, a mind for organized chaos, and a heart for others.  She’s spent the majority of her professional career overseeing international development projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and has always been fascinated by other cultures.  Not to mention, she adores writing…in all forms.  More recently, she jumped on the management consulting bandwagon and hasn’t looked back since.  She holds a BA in International Relations and Psychology from Wellesley College, and an MBA and MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. 

1. If you could choose 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Curious, pragmatically spontaneous, and unabashedly goofy.  Um, wait, that’s 5.  Do adverbs count?

2. Your guilty pleasures consist of:

Coconut Jelly Bellies, anything and everything on Bravo, Mission District burritos, distance running, and The Daily Show (though, that technically isn’t a guilty pleasure).

3. What and/or who inspires you?

Thunderstorms, kindness, Dick Hoyt, who’s been competing in races, including marathons and Iron Man competitions, with his physically disabled son since 1977, my unconditionally supportive momma, and Malala Yousafzai for her unending passion, courage, and self-confidence in the face of challenges I can’t even begin to understand. 

4. What lesson(s) has your little one taught you?

That dancing in the kitchen is necessary at all times, that words + numbers are best learned through slightly awkward sing-songy inflection, to never stop exploring my surroundings (and the world!), that things will get dirty and it’s absolutely okay, and that letting children take the lead may be one of the best gifts you can give them.

5. What does 2Lokas mean to you?

It’s easy to focus on the differences among people.  And, understanding them is undoubtedly important.  But, in doing so, and in bringing people together, we often come to see that, at the core, we’re all quite similar.  We have similar fundamental needs and similar concerns about and hopes for ourselves and our loved ones.  Thus, in connecting people, whether it be through culture, parenting, or some other social construct or platform, we can and will make an impact and effect positive change in the people and communities around us.  

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