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Hitha Palepu

Rho Pharmaceuticals Rho Pharmaceuticals Media New York, NY
About Hitha
I'm a writer, an entrepreneur, and a jetsetter. I write the lifestyle blog Hitha On The Go, which aims at helping women save time and energy on all the things they have to do. I'm the author of How To Pack: Travel Smart For Any Trip. The book is in its third printing and translated in German and Italian.
I also serve as the CEO of Rho Pharmaceuticals, a company focused on developing early treatment for the leading causes of death in America.
I'm an active angel investor, and have invested in MM.LaFleur, Werk, Rebecca Allen, Girls' Night In, Cycles + Sex, and Small Packages.

"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent."
- Madeleine Albright

How many kids? Ages?

Rho / Male / 3 years old
/ Male

Interested In

Collaborating, Friendship, Hiring Talent, Mentoring, Networking, Playdates

Words you live by/quotes you love

"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent."
- Madeleine Albright

Best advice you've ever been given

"Doing good is good business." I've made giving back an integral part of everything I do (powered by Bridge2Act, obviously), and would love to help other heymama mamas do the same :)

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the community?

If you have a great story to tell, from your packing prowess to a strong morning routine, I would love to share it with my community.

Personal Passions, Charities, Hobbies:

I’m a member of Athena Leadership Council at Barnard College, and spend a lot of time advising the Athena Scholars. I also serve on the advisory board of Magic Bus USA, an incredible charity that takes Indian girls from childhood to livelihood. The program has kept millions of girls out of child marriage and helped them enter the workforce. If I’m not working, I’m spending time with my family and friends. And when I have a moment to myself, you can find me reading a book or cooking a storm in my kitchen.

What is your biggest business challenge right now?

Marketing & Social Media

What do you want to achieve in 2018, personally and professionally?

Rho (the kid) and Rho (the company) are my biggest priorities right now. I'm currently raising our seed round for the company, building a team and relaunching my website, and doing what I can to take care of myself.

Name one thing that scares the shit out of you:

Disappointing my parents or husband.

What is one thing that would be game-changing for your business right now?

Besides money and time? I'm looking to hire contributors that are passionate about designing and living their best lives, on their terms.

If you could tell your 20 year old self one thing, what would it be?

Your goals will change. Your ambition won’t. Focus on being your absolute best.
Oh, and eat more salad and start working out.

Why do you want to be a part of heymama?

heymama is the group I’ve been looking for since I became pregnant. I love motherhood, and I love growing my business. In most communities, those two areas of my life are mutually exclusive. At heymama, it’s a badge of honor. I’ve built some incredible relationships with the women I’ve met through heymama, and I can’t wait to see how the community grows and builds great things together.

xx Hitha Palepu

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