CEO & Co-founder
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
When Trisha Sakhuja-Walia emigrated with her parents from India to Queens, N.Y., in the 1990s, she knew only a few words of English. She did not realize it then, but language itself, along with culture, would open doors to her future. Years later, while in college, Sakhuja-Walia would stumble upon Brown Girl Magazine while working on a journalism assignment. Wanting to shine a light on South Asian women and their stories, Sakhuja-Walia turned her side hustle into a mission-driven business by taking ownership of the company and building an ecosystem that publishes user-generated content, community-driven events and culturally driven products. Her day-to-day consists of managing 250-plus contributors; overseeing editorial content, business development, event planning and e-commerce; and creating campaigns for brands like Nordstrom, Adobe, Meta and others.
Website: Brown Girl Magazine
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