By Laura Toraldo
(GREENBELT, Md.—Nov. 20, 2017) Paradyme Management is motivated by one phrase from Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
The data solutions consultant’s CEO, Viraj Gandhi, said this motive drives the investment Paradyme makes within the community. In the past year, Paradyme staff donated over 1,300 volunteer hours to a handful of nonprofit and community organizations.
“Our social responsibility philosophy is simple,” Gandhi explained. “We seek opportunities to make short and long-term impacts in our community.”
Paradyme was founded in 2003 with the goal of aligning information technology with business processes. In 2011, it outgrew its established home office and expanded, moving its small business corporate office to Greenbelt, Maryland.
“We chose Maryland because of the proximity to our clients, access to public transportation, and the opportunity for growth,” Training and Development Manager Noah Parker explained. “Greenbelt has given Paradyme the opportunity to really connect with a city and people who share our values of engagement and involvement.
“Also, many of our executives and staff are graduates of University of Maryland and being a few miles from the College Park campus has helped us attract and retain talent in the region.”
From the beginning, Ghandi and his business partners, Sang Na and Edward O, have made engagment within the community a part of their business culture. This year, Paradyme focused its philanthropic efforts in three areas: health initiatives, youth programs and animal welfare.Its strategic community investment plan set quarterly events to entice staff participation—and it worked. Thirty-two staff members ran in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The staff raised $2,038 for men’s health in November through the Movember campaign. They donated 42 toys to Toys for Tots, and $2,500 to Children’s National Health Systems. They prepped more than 3,000 meals in one day with Food and Friends, and gave five animals veterinary care through a sponsorship with the DC Humane Alliance.
And that’s just scratching the surface.
“We take our mission very seriously,” said Gandhi. “Our company culture thrives on engaging with the community around us.”But Gandhi said its not just the community who benefits from Paradyme’s staff getting involved.“Working together for the betterment of the community has strengthened our team and heightened our culture.”