On March 1, 2019, Upaya Social Ventures celebrated the generosity of our donors at the 4th annual Upaya Gala.

The theme of the 2019 Upaya Gala was Building Resilience. Together, Upaya and its supporters celebrated the resilience that a stable, dignified job can build for people in the world’s most vulnerable communities. Guests got to hear the personal story of a jobholder, Mohammed, whose life was transformed because of the job he received from an Upaya partner enterprise.

The generosity of Upaya’s donors allows us to help create dignified jobs for the poorest of the poor. Upaya's portfolio companies have created over 12,000 jobs for people in need. Each of those jobs builds resilience for a family in need.

We’re so grateful for everyone who joined us at our 2019 Gala to build resilience for vulnerable families through job creation!

The Details

Friday March 1st, 2019 at 6:30pm

Seattle Marriott Redmond
7401 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052

$125 per person / $1,000 per 10-person table


New This Year!

We’re excited to announce that every guest who makes a $1,000 donation at the Gala will receive a ticket to an exclusive Mumbai Parsi Cuisine dinner with Meesha on Saturday, May 4th.


Thank You to Our Sponsors!



Ramesh & Celia Manne

Vasudev & Shobha Shenoy


Marcus & Dipika Matthias


Shirish & Mona Nadkarni


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Keynote Speaker

Mike Murray, Retired Tech Executive and Global Philanthropist

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For 40 years Mike Murray has worked on many innovative projects that have influenced society, he hopes for the better. Click below to learn more about Mike, then reserve your seat at the gala to hear him speak!


Special Performance

This year we welcome  Live2Dance  to the Gala fora high-energy Bollywood dance performance!

This year we welcome Live2Dance to the Gala fora high-energy Bollywood dance performance!

Live Auction Items

Click the arrows to the right to scroll through our live auction items!



Tim Wade Real Estate

About Upaya

We envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to earn an dignified living and pursue their dreams. Our mission is to create dignified jobs for the poorest of the poor by building scalable businesses with investment and consulting support.

Interested in sponsoring the Upaya Gala? Click here for sponsorship information and benefits.


Contact Us

For questions, or if you’re interested in volunteer opportunities at the Gala, please contact Heather Soehn at hsoehn@upayasv.org.