Sheela Murthy, Founder and President of the prestigious immigration practice, the Murthy Law Firm, was the featured speaker at the International Week Global Lecture Series at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in November. Murthy, who is Honorary Chair of CCBC's Global Education Initiative, spoke about her path "from immigrant to expert," tracing her personal journey from India to Baltimore, through to the successful development of her own immigration practice, Murthy Law Firm.
Murthy was also present to kick off CCBC's Challenge Grant fund drive, to support a new Center for Global Education that will be housed in the historic Hilton Mansion on CCBC's Catonsville campus. Last year, CCBC was one of six community colleges in the country that received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant. The $500,000 NEH grant requires CCBC to raise an additional $1 million to fully fund the Center for Global Education. As the largest community college in Maryland, with over 70,000 students at its three campuses and extension centers, CCBC makes a substantial impact on the state's economy and industrial base. Ms. Murthy is deeply committed to CCBC's Global Education Initiative, and proud to lend a hand to make it a success.
Notable among her many other honors and awards are the fact that Sheela Murthy was recognized with the 2012 Sadie Award for her philanthropy and humanitarianism, a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award Winner, and named among the 2011 Top 50 Most Influential Marylanders. She also received the Small Business of the Year Award by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year and has been a Regional Judge for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year program.
The Murthy Law Firm's 80+ dedicated employees help strengthen U.S. companies seeking the best and the brightest workers from around the world. Murthy considers the opportunities for success in the United States to be fertile ground for anyone who has a vision, is willing to work hard, and has the right attitude. The firm's philosophy is to help others and the website is considered the world's most popular law firm site.
Ms. Murthy serves on boards for a number of organizations, including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Eastern Region in Philadelphia, PA, Stevenson University, Chair of the Board of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and Treasurer for the Maryland State Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she is the Chairperson of the United Way Worldwide's Leadership Council of India and is on the Board of the United Way of Central Maryland, which recognized her as the 2009 Philanthropist of the Year. A committed philanthropist, Ms. Murthy is recognized for her work in the United States and in her native land, India.
Murthy helps lead the MurthyNayak Foundation, a nonprofit nongovernmental organization that seeks to help with women's basic needs and protection from abuse, children's education, support programs that assist immigrants, and causes that help to educate and advocate for immigrants in the U.S. She is a much sought after speaker who is passionate about entrepreneurship and motivation, leadership and women's issues, as she hopes to help make the world a better place.