Beeta Ansari

Beeta is Ashoka U’s Exchange Director, the world’s largest global convening for social entrepreneurship education.

Getting to Know Ashoka U

In honor of our 5 year anniversary, Ashoka U staff and interns sat down to answer some of the serious questions of the world.

If Ashoka were an animal, what would it be?

  • “An Elephant – steady, yet powerful.”
  • “Tigress”
  • “A flying squirrel: able to make leaps and bounds nobody thought possible”
  • “Cheetah”
  • “Snake – shedding its skin and reinventing itself every year”

Ashoka U’s tagline should really be:

  • “Making education an awesome experience.”

Describe Ashoka U in 3 words:

  • “Hardworking, quirky, beautiful”
  • “Ambitious, determined, fun”

If Ashoka U had to live on one food for a month, what would it be?

  • “Sushi”
  • “Any snack from Trader Joe’s”
  • “Wine and Cheese”
  • “Chocolate!”

If Ashoka U were a person it would be:

  • “A serious athlete”
  • “The one who’s always in the library”

If Ashoka U was a car, what would it be?

  • “SAAB; practical but classy, a little understated. It would be forest green/silver, convertible,  fun, sporty, practical, but elegant.”

Advice:

  • “Put your ideas out there, and don’t be afraid that they will be stomped on. Even if only one out of ten is good enough for a second thought, it’ll be worth it.”
  • “Take time to celebrate what you have and those around you.”
  • “Work your butt off, surround yourself with brilliant people, and never give up (just keep adapting or iterating till you get there).”

What celebrity embodies the Ashoka U value?

  • “Johnny Depp, because he’s versatile.”
  • “Kate Hudson, because she’s savvy, brilliant, beautiful and doesn’t take herself too seriously!”
  • “Ellen – she’s using identity to promote social change; she gets people to dance, she’s funny, and still keeps her intellectual cool”

What is your favorite memory from working at Ashoka?

  • “The first year of Ashoka U, we hosted retreats with Changemaker Campuses at ‘Camp Horizons’ – a summer camp in Virginia. I don’t think I’ll ever forget sitting around the camp fire while Ashoka Fellow Lynn Price shared stories of her work with Camp To Belong and asked all of the students and faculty around the fire to share their stories, dreams, and aspirations – why were they there and who did they want to become?”

What is your favorite thing about Ashoka U?

  • “All the Ashoka U team members are such fun and warm people! Even though we all have different personalities and working styles, we all still manage to collaborate really well and foster a really solid work culture.”
  • “The ideas, the laughter, the excitement, the encouragement, the ability of everyone to gracefully accept failure and criticism and move on. The team that never breaks apart.”
  • “We are strong and focused on where we want to go, yet we are flexible and adaptable based on what we are learning and what the market needs. We are committed to a long-term vision, yet humble enough to know that we need to listen and get there collaboratively and through real relationships.”