Shefali Razdan Duggal

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Attempt, from the deepest recesses of your heart and soul, to be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile" ~ MOTHER TERESA

Secretary Hillary Clinton letter (Facebook Post, 8/3/17)

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | September 1st, 2017

FALLING IN LOVE, ALL OVER AGAIN. Secretary Hillary Clinton, taking the time to write to my sweet daughter in response to a note she had sent to the first female nominee of a major political party. As soon as my doll read the note, she was utterly stunned and had tears in her eyes. Secretary Clinton, you have positively re-affirmed the will, drive and confidence within the heart of my Warrior Princess that she can and will do anything which … Read More

Raja: A case of Accelerated Maturity

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | August 1st, 2017

Hello! I hope this note finds you well. I would love to talk with you about my elder brother, Rahul. I call him Raja. In my family (and, many Indian families), we do not address our elder siblings by their first names. This is how I was raised. Raja is 8 years my senior. I only recently deeply comprehended that my beloved Raja was required to become far more responsible and mature than his contemporaries. Raja left for college, earning … Read More

China Trip

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | July 1st, 2017

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to tell you about our August 2016 family trip to China. It was an amazing and memorable trip, which I am hopeful will remain in my childrens hearts for many years to come. Below is our very general timeline of events:

MONDAY: flew to Shanghai China.

TUESDAY: arrived Tuesday night (15 hours ahead of San Francisco) and then walked to McDonalds (yes, that was our first stop for … Read More

U.S. Holocaust Award (Facebook Post, 4/25/17)

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | June 1st, 2017

One of the greatest honors of my life is the moment that President Barack Obama appointed me to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington D.C.) a few years ago. Whilst a Presidential appointment was certainly a dream, I also was determined to prove both to myself and demonstrate to the Museum that I was worthy of the honor. I wanted to continue working hard within the Museum, especially after the appointment, in order to comfort the Obama White House and … Read More

Holiday Parties 2016

by admin | May 1st, 2017

Hello!  I hope this note finds you exceptionally well.  I would love to tell you about the experiences I was blessed to have the week of December 11th, 2016.  It was a whirlwind week, and I am deeply grateful for each moment.  I arrived to Washington D.C. on 12/11, dropped my things to the hotel, and then scurried over to a friend’s home, as she was hosting an AIPAC reunion dinner for us that night.  I had traveled to Israel … Read More

Diwali at Vice President Joe Biden Residence

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | April 1st, 2017

Hello! I hope this note finds you all exceptionally well.  I would love to tell you all about my experience at Vice President Joe Biden’s home for Diwali 2016.  The event came at such a nice moment, as it was just after the stunning and unexpected Election Day results of this presidential cycle.  The invite came on Election Day itself to our email inboxes, and it was for the following week (11/16/16).  After the Presidential results, it was definitely something … Read More

Australia and New Zealand, February 16th 2017 – February 25th 2017

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | March 1st, 2017

Hello!  I hope this note finds you all exceptionally well.  I would love to tell you about our recent trip to New Zealand and Australia.  It was a long desired aspiration of mine to visit these two beautiful countries, and the stars all aligned for the journey to work out for this time period.  We chose the time because both of my children were on holiday, and the timing was quite ideal.  We left for New Zealand on a very … Read More

President Barack Obama Farewell Speech, January 10th 2017

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | February 1st, 2017

Hello!  I hope this note finds you exceptionally well.  I would love to tell you about my experience at President Barack Obama’s Farewell Speech in Chicago IL on Tuesday, January 10th 2017.  It was an amazing and surreal moment, and I am so very grateful to have had the privilege to attend this occasion.  I had received an email about the speech, and was elated to know that our President was sharing this moment with the world.  Admittedly, I had … Read More

Destiny Reroute

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | January 1st, 2017

Hello! I hope this note finds you well. I would love to talk about a particular moment in my life. I grew up with an engineer father and a stay-at-home mother (until I was 11 years old). My father didn’t make a ton of money, although it was a fair amount for the 1970s…enough to support a small family. And, he was in a dream job for himself — a Chief Engineer at a prominent company in Cincinnati. After my … Read More

Presidential Election Night 2016, New York New York

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | December 1st, 2016

Hello! I hope this note finds you all exceptionally well. I am writing today to describe our Election Night experience. I had been working 1.5 years, with all of my heart, on the “Hillary for America” 2016 Presidential Campaign. The day that Secretary Hillary Clinton announced by video that she would be running for President, I received a call 2 hours later to ask if I would join the National Finance Team. Of course, absolutely, I was elated to do … Read More