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End of the Year Letter '15

With them, with you, and with a great vision, we move forward!

Dear Friends of Dexterity,

I am truly honored to be writing this letter to you today. As an organization that prides itself on its intent to listen and its ability to learn, we spent quite some time in the last one-month reflecting on the past year and I am delighted to share with you updates on where we stand today and where we hope to be tomorrow.

But before I do that, let me begin by thanking you for continuing to be our eyes and ears, our heart and brains, our friends and advisors, our family and team for yet another year. You enabled us to look further, listen better, feel deeper, think smarter, work harder, act together and be stronger and more driven each day. You made it possible for us to dream big and accomplish more. You made 2015 the year that it was and for that I thank you!

I write to you today on behalf of a young girl from Jamshedpur in India who spent almost an entire month explaining to her parents and relatives why leadership and entrepreneurial skills mattered so much to her. I write to you today on behalf of a young boy from Nepal whose indomitable faith in his dreams could not be shaken even by the worst earthquake ever in the history of his country. I write to you on behalf of a young guy who slept on railway platforms to keep his dreams of going to a great college alive. And, I write to you on behalf of a single mother whose dreams of securing a great education for her only child are kept alive by some extraordinary platforms that continue to follow the policy of “If you can pay, you pay. Else, we pay for you.”

Writing on behalf of these young people is not just an honor but also a responsibility; a responsibility that young boys and girls at our offices have carried out with élan for the last 8 years now. And, I take pride in sharing with you how beautifully these responsibilities continued to be carried out in 2015: a year that saw more number of girls graduate from the Dexterity School of Leadership and Entrepreneurship than any other year, a year that saw an amazing Bollywood actress step up to live the cause of creating a platform for every child as she came in as our goodwill ambassador, a year that saw the NASA headquarters getting linked to the DexSchool classrooms in a rare and historic moment for all of us, a year that saw thousands of students avail our financial aid policy and millions of them undergo our platforms.

In 2015, we continued to DexConnect over 300,000 homes with educational opportunities for their children every single week. And, as you and I celebrate this remarkable feat, our team is working with one of India’s leading media houses and our partner in this initiative, Dainik Bhaskar, to reach these opportunities to every single family in India.

We entered 2015 knowing that more work needed to be done to enable girl children and their families to benefit from our platforms. I couldn’t have been any prouder in sharing with you that more girls graduated from the Dexterity School of Leadership and Entrepreneurship in 2015 than in any other year since its inception and that the D2C (Dexterity 2 College) bootcamps saw the highest opt-in by all-girls schools since our founding. More girls received Dexterity Global fellowships and scholarships in 2015 than in any other year and in 2016, we are only going to further widen and deepen these opportunities for all of our children.

As we move forward, we hope to live up to the faith imposed in us by a Kajal Aggarwal who finds time in her busy schedule to inspire our graduates at the DexSchool. The leading Indian actress does not need to do this but she does because she cares about inspiring a better future. We hope to do justice to the inspiring commitment of a Syed Sultan Ahmed who rushes a dinner at MIT SOLVE, the world’s greatest congregation of innovators, to sit down with us and advise us. We want to do better each day for a Gautam Kitchlu, an industry leader and innovator, who continues to be our backbone simply because he believes that a stronger Dexterity can build a brighter future. We want to stand up and deliver for an Irfan Alam who reschedules his flights so that he can be with our graduates at the DexSchool. And, we report to our desks and work harder each day because we know that Bruce and Leslie Male do not need to take out time for us from their happy, retired life but they do because they truly believe that the power of the dreams of our young generation is far greater than the power of the mighty Atlantic that their beautiful house overlooks each day. With them, with you, and with a great vision, we move forward!

Friends, I know we are proud of our collective successes in 2015 but the task of “creating a platform for every single child” and “democratizing the access to education” for each one of them moves forward. And, in this, I want to let you know that we are not going to leave any stone unturned.

Here’s to a great 2016!

With Regards,

Sharad

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