Smita Shah is responsible for the creation of Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi luncheon in 2014. She was able to create the event due to her involvement in the Chicago Sister Cities International Delhi Committee (CSCIDC). CSCIDC was created from an initiative of the World Business Chicago. The declaration of Mahatma Gandhi Day on October 2, 2019, was made by the Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot at the Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi luncheon. CSCIDC is one of many boards of directors Shah is a member. Smita Shah Chicago created SPANN Tech (SPN Tech) in 1998. Shah’s leadership of the company led to her receiving many awards such as Best of Business in Chicago Engineering Services offered by the Small Business Commerce Association.
Smita Shah Chicago led SPN Tech to partner with A. Epstein & Sons International Inc to work on a $6.6 billion project for all O’Hara’s airports. Shah’s partners understood Shah did not believe in mediocrity. Shah believed SPN Tech struggled in the beginning because she was an Indian-American woman who worked in construction and engineering. SPN Tech has been able to work on projects such as making improvements worth $510 million to the Chicago Transit Authority’s Blue Line. Shah has been able to work and still be able to participate in galas and other political events. Shah is familiar with politics as she was the Vice-Chairperson of the Rules Committee at the Democratic National Convention.
The proclamation of Mahatma Gandhi Day in Chicago shows the city recognizes Gandhi’s impact on the world with his philosophy of nonviolence. Gandhi help changed education and economic opportunities. Chicago also uses Mahatma Gandhi Day to honor the Indian culture that exists in the city. Shah’s work as an engineer has not gone unnoticed as she has won an award called American Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois Community Leader of the Year. Shah’s guidance of SP Tech created growth that landed the company on 1,821st on the list of Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies. Learn more: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/node/721011
Shah has been a part of the Rules Committee that would decide to reinstate Florida’s or Michigan’s delegates when the states broke party rules. The party rules were broken when Florida and Michigan would hold their primaries too early prior to February 5. Shah has worked as an intern for President Bill Clinton. Shah has also been a part of trade missions to India. Shah has shown she is a role model whose professional career can be influential to any entrepreneur. She attended Northwestern University, Oxford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shah believes people should work together. Shah has been a strategic advisor for organizations involved in public policy. She has worked with a few White House Administrations.
Shah would like to see more growth in small businesses that operate in emerging industries. Shah has served as the United States’ delegate for the APEC Women and the Economy Forum (WEF). Some of Shah’s works assists the White House Advance Team. Shah has reached a few professional milestones while helping SPC Tech generate over $9 million in revenue.