IT Business Owner Joins Metro YMCA Board of Directors to Help Single Parents

By: News and blog | Thursday, July 25, 2019 | Leadership

Sejal Lakhani-Bhatt with her late husband, Tejas Bhatt, and their sons, 8-year-old Aanav and 10-year-old Anay. Lakhani-Bhatt recently joined the Metro YMCA Board of Directors.

Sejal Lakhani-Bhatt found herself a single parent when her 39-year-old husband died of a heart attack in February. While dealing with the grief and helping her two young boys cope, Lakhani-Bhatt suddenly had to run the IT company her husband founded and scramble for child care arrangements.

“I was going through this challenging and emotional time, and thinking, how do single mothers who don’t have the (financial) means or the flexibility in their work schedule do it?” she said.

A desire to ensure that parents — especially single mothers — have access reliable, affordable child care inspired Lakhani-Bhatt to join the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges Board of Directors this month.

“The YMCA provides relief for single parents, and gives kids a place to be with other kids,” said Lakhani-Bhatt, who is eager to help the Metro YMCA expand opportunities. She had been invited to join the board a year earlier, but felt her schedule wouldn’t permit it. Though Lakhani-Bhatt has more to juggle now, she said she felt compelled to get involved and help others.

“Sejal is a powerful force, and the Metro YMCA is fortunate that she is willing to pour her energy and talent into helping our Y strengthen families and promote healthy, safe childhoods,” Metro YMCA President and CEO Richard K. Gorab said.

Lakhani-Bhatt is CEO of TechWerxe, a Livingston-based information technology company created by her late husband, Tejas Bhatt. She joined in 2015, handling sales, marketing and operations, and is now sole owner.

The Livingston resident is very involved in raising awareness about child sex abuse, an issue the Metro YMCA also champions. Lakhani-Bhatt serves on the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She is a founder of the networking organization, Connect 4 Business Exchange (C4BX), serves as social impact chair on the Board of Entrepreneurs Organization, and is involved in several industry Mastermind groups.

A globetrotter since childhood, Lakhani-Bhatt lived in Japan, London, Hong Kong and Singapore while working in the banking industry for 12 years. She has shared that love of travel with her sons, 10-year-old Anay and 8-year-old Aanav. 

Food is one of her passions, everything from hot dogs to a 13-course French feast. Her husband had been the family chef. “Now my kids sometimes cook for me,” Lakhani Bhatt said. She also enjoys dancing — she minored in it at college — and trained in ballet, salsa, and Indian folk dances.

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