By: Lexie Newhouse
For the final installment of “Faces of Entrepreneurship” for the semester, Sucheta Rawal, founder of Go Eat Give, returned to her alma mater Georgia State this past Wednesday to share her experiences as an international entrepreneur.
From serving as a waitress to working as an event planner, accountant, professor, author, secret shopper, freelance writer, corporate consultant, cooking instructor, blogger, and investment banker — Rawal’s diverse background ultimately inspired her entrepreneurial spirit. Especially after experiencing corporate culture, she searched for new opportunities that encompassed writing, volunteering, and traveling.
Her passion for cooking and culture eventually led her to creating Go Eat Give, a nonprofit committed to promoting cross-cultural connection and understanding through global service, community education, and international travel. Go Eat Give organizes international trips across the globe that avoids tourism traditions for an authentic, cultural experience. Rawal shared her recent travels to Guatemala to visit coffee harvesters, Kenya to see a safari, Abu Dhabi to visit the largest falcon hospital in the world, and even Tanzania to cook.
In addition to the abroad trips through Go Eat Give, the organization also hosts Destination Dinners at local Atlanta restaurants to highlight different cultures and cooking classes to create international cuisines. Go Eat Give also boasts an award-winning blog with over 600 posts and has been recognized by organizations like CNN, CBS, Atlanta Magazine, GPB, Creative Loafing, and WSBTV.
Another ongoing project for Rawal is her Beato Goes To children’s picture books, a series that educates cross-cultural connections to foster that global perspective for younger generations. The main character, Beato, was inspired by her cat and her desire to education children on culture. She currently has three books on Beato’s travels to Greenland, Israel and Indonesia plus a mobile app that features an Augmented Reality version of the story!
Through her international journey influenced by culture, writing, cooking and volunteering, Rawal shared her recipe to find that dream career: a careful balance between doing what you love, what you are skilled at, and what pays well.
To hear more about the journey of fellow panthers like Rawal, stay tuned for more “Faces of Entrepreneurship” events!