Pragya Madan has over a decade of rich and diverse experience in Andragogy (adult education) and an extensive background in leadership and management training. Before relocating to Seattle with her family, she worked as training and development consultant at a global technology firm in India. Here in Seattle, she worked briefly as a learning specialist at the University of Washington.
Pragya graduated with a B.A. in Physics from Delhi University in India, and her post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management. She certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has earned various international certifications in training, leadership development and management, including in using the psychometric testing tool DiSC, Business Simulations, and Brain Gym.
Both independently and through partnership with 501 Commons, Pragya has provided human resources and organizational development consultation to nonprofits in the Seattle area since 2011. Organizations include Splash, Friends of Youth, Byrd Barr Place, Denise Louie Education Center, El Centro de la Raza, FIUTS, and Eastside Friends of Seniors.
Every Sunday, she volunteers at Gurukul, an Indian language school, to help create an awareness and appreciation for Indian culture among children in the Puget Sound region.
Her driving force has been Henry Ford’s words, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” She strives to live up to her name, which in Hindi means wisdom.
Fun Fact: Pragya is a Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.