Board of Directors
First Vice President, Merrill Lynch-Bank of America
President, Minal Patel
Owner, Minal Patel LLC.
Co-Founder and CEO, Girls Thinking Global
Director, Bank of America
Director, Fitchburg Art Museum (ret.)
President, Zoë Timms
Founding Director, Women’s Education Project
Chief Operating Officer, US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF)
Board of Directors, WEP India
Corporate Counsel at Cisco Systems
Shalini i Puchalalpalli
Director at Amazon
Asst. professor in Sociology at Lady Doak College
Director and CEO of Tamara Leisure Experiences
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Dr. Karen Ruskin and Associates
Executive Director, Aravind Eye Foundation
Healthcare Consultant and Managing Member, Indicina
Co Founder and President at Girls Thinking Global
Energy & Resource Solutions
Business Analyst, Orvis Investments
Security Consultant, Hackerone
Advocate for Women and Education
Paula Maylahn Consulting
President, Business Development and Contract Manufacturing, Neuland Laboratories Limited
President, Indivate Inc.
Adjunct Professor, New York University and Seton Hall University
Project Manager, Adolescent Girls’ Programming at the Population Council
Managing Member, Broadband Law Group
WEP Scholars are US high school and college students who visit our Centers to work with our students on I Am a Leader activities.
To interview for the Scholar’s program, please email: info@WomensEducationProejct.
Meet the Team
Founding Executive Director
Zoë Timms, Founding Executive Director, first went to Hyderabad, India in 1996 as a student of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Year-in-India Program. There she was introduced to educational, grassroots NGOs, helping former girl child laborers study for the first time. Later, in 2001-2004, directing the Wisconsin program in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Zoë worked with a young woman whose dream to obtain an MBA and enter a career in finance were blocked by serious family illness and debt.
Zoë realized there were countless ambitious young women in similar circumstances. She thought about the obstacles they faced and the steps it would take to remove them. The idea of creating a Center where young women could meet, develop skills, focus their ambitions, and expand their awareness of life’s possibilities was born.
Zoë returned to New York to raise the money for her friend’s scholarship and recruited others to the cause.
Sudar, WEP’s first Center, opened in Madurai in 2002. This was followed by Hyderabad in 2007 and Kadapa in 2012. In 2016, WEP-India was established in Bangalore with its own Board and in-Country Director.
Today, a young woman whose dream was to obtain an MBA is now a Senior Bank Manager at an International bank in Bangalore.