“I’m going to be the president of Cvent and topple this Aggarwal guy!”
Reggie Aggarwal, CEO of meeting technology company Cvent, might have many rivals, but it will be a few years before he has to worry about this good-natured challenger: a little Indian boy not more than 10 who delivers his line in a YouTube video sure to make you smile.
The boy lives at the Suparna Ka Aangan orphanage in New Delhi, India, which Cvent began supporting in January 2010. When Cvent stepped in, the orphanage was taking care of 48 children in a two-room apartment, with minimal food and resources. With Cvent’s contributions, the orphanage now takes care of 80 children, has a much larger facility, and provides food, medicine, education, and supplies beyond the basics, such as water purification and back-up power systems, air coolers, bedding, and bicycles.
For meeting professionals used to reaching Cvent at its McLean, Va., headquarters, the New Delhi connection may not be immediately obvious. In fact, more than half of the company’s 850 employees are based in this northern India city, which also has family ties for Aggarwal and his wife.
The Suparna Ka Aangan relationship grew out of an employee suggestion and now draws many of Cvent’s New Delhi workers toat the facility and to host the children at the Cvent offices for special events. When U.S. employees travel to India on the employee exchange program (three- to 12-week assignments that bring U.S. employees to India and vice versa), they routinely fit in a visit to the orphanage to spend time with the kids and bring donations of clothes, sports equipment, and other needed items.
The mission to improve Suparna Ka Aangan has even become part of joining the Cvent team. For 60 new hires in the U.S. last August, part of their training was to participate in “Cvent Apprentice,” through which they planned and executed a fundraiser that generated $12,300 for the orphanage.
For Aggarwal, the commitment to Suparna Ka Aangan is long-term and ambitious. In 2012, Cvent expects to help the orphanage move into an even larger facility and provide money for more of the children to attend school. Discussions, he says, are under way about starting a college fund. Over the next 10 years, Aggarwal says he would like to expand the orphanage to support 500 children.