Introducing Sachin Bhattiprolu
The Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) is thrilled to announce our 2020–2022 EGAL Student Fellow, Sachin Bhattiprolu! Sachin joins us from Hyderabad, India where he started CrunchPrep, an ed-tech startup that helped students from 100+ countries study for standardized tests and prepare better applications for grad schools. His background includes working with Indian government bodies to nurture new entrepreneurs and incubate startup companies, drafting policy framework for an India MP’s office to achieve gender parity, and leading teams of volunteers at a non-profit that educates and empowers at-risk children and youth in India.
Why did you choose Haas?
My experiences with startups, technology, and social impact have set me on a course to Haas. Being in the Bay Area and having access to the world’s greatest startup ecosystem is every entrepreneur’s dream. Haas also has the resources and the mentorship that I could have only dreamed of when I first started my entrepreneurial journey.
But what really pulled me towards Haas were the defining principles. Every time I talked to a current student or an alumnus, I would hear about the four defining principles, and how central they are to the culture at Haas. ‘Beyond Yourself’ is my favorite — I really appreciate being part of a culture where everyone is willing to walk the extra mile.
I also liked the fact that there is so much emphasis at Haas on equity and inclusion, and I’m constantly blown away by how many of my classmates are passionate about business and social impact. If anything, it only goes to confirm that I’m at the right place.
Tell us about your engagement with EGAL over the summer. How did that impact the start of your MBA experience?
As an international student, I wanted to learn more about current equity-related issues in the US before I arrive on campus. Kellie and Genevieve were gracious enough to give me the opportunity to work with the EGAL team before I even started my program. I’m currently part of an ongoing research project on language and power. I’ve found the experience to be very useful. I reviewed a lot of literature on issues related to race, and I feel more educated and more prepared to work on initiatives at EGAL.
I’ve also met members of the EGAL team, and it has been a great experience learning from smart people who are working on projects related to equity and inclusion. I still have so much to learn, and I’m looking forward to working with them over the course of my MBA.
Describe a time when you saw Equity Fluent Leadership in action.
I was first exposed to the idea of equitable outcomes during my time at Make A Difference, a nonprofit focused on education. Samarth Agarwal, a Haas alumnus, was my mentor there and he was instrumental in expanding the organization’s footprint to smaller cities in India, thereby helping us reach many more at-risk children and youth.
I’ve also had the distinct privilege of working with and leading hundreds of young volunteers, who I’d like to believe were all Equity Fluent Leaders, because every one of them committed to spending every weekend of their college years on providing more equitable outcomes to children in need of care and education.
What excites you most about being an EGAL Student Fellow?
Being part of a world-class institution like Haas (and Berkeley) is quite a privilege, and as future business leaders, we have a responsibility to make our workplaces and societies more equitable. If we’ve learned anything from the past few months, it is that we need leaders to use their power to address barriers and drive real social change.
As EGAL’s Fellow, I’m excited to be part of the EGAL Student Advisory Board and through various initiatives, I hope to work with fellow MBAs and facilitate a continued dialogue on equity.
I’m also looking to work with current and future entrepreneurs at Haas on building a startup culture rooted in equity and inclusion. Founders often set the tone for a company’s culture very early on, and if founders become Equity Fluent Leaders, they can build a culture that fosters inclusion at every level.
Personally, I’m looking to use the fellowship as an opportunity to develop as a more empathetic, effective, and equitable leader.