Speaker Profile - Sucheta Rawal

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Region: Southern Breeze (AL, GA, and the FL panhandle)
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
Speaker Email: sucheta@beatogoesto.com
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Bio:
Sucheta Rawal is an award-winning food and travel writer, author, cooking instructor, and philanthropist. As the founder of Go Eat Give, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, Sucheta's personal mission is to raise cultural and diversity awareness through meaningful travel, ethnic food, and community interaction.The organization educates people through international tours, cooking classes, speaker events and a blog. 


Originally from India, Sucheta moved to the United States at the age of 17, and received her Bachelors and Masters in Finance from Georgia State University. After working as an investment banker and a corporate consultant, she decided to pursue her passion for food and travel. 

Sucheta has been a freelance writer for various print and digital publications, including CNN, Creative Loafing, CheapOAir and The Huffington Post. She also motivates kids and adults to follow their own passion and travel with a purpose, by speaking at corporations, schools, universities, women's organizations, travel shows, and conferences. Sucheta has appeared on ABC, NBC, NPR, PBS, and Telemundo. 

Sucheta was named one of the five most influential bloggers on culture in the world by the Foundation of Florence, Italy in 2012, and "40 Under 40 - Georgia's Best and Brightest" by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2016. She was a finalist for the Atlanta Press Club 2012 Award of Excellence, and nominated for Caribbean Journalism Award 2015. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and furry babies. 

Inspired by her real-life cat and her personal travels to over 70 countries, Sucheta authored "Beato Goes To" a series of children's picture books that educate kids ages about the world. The books are designed to encourage dialogue about culture, cuisine, travel, religion, people, nature, environment and more. The first three titles in the series are: Beato Goes To Greenland, Beato Goes To Israel, and Beato Goes To Indonesia. There is also an augmented reality book app - Beato Goes To Greenland, available on iTunes and Google Play. 


Presentation Description:


Sucheta is passionate about educating young readers about the world and sharing her own personal stories from her travels. Invite her to classrooms, libraries and bookstores for writing workshops, story time and book signings. Sucheta has inspired kids ages K-12, college students and adults to write, travel and give back to the community.



Additionally, Sucheta has given keynote addresses and motivational speeches at conferences, graduation ceremonies, corporate lunch and learn programs, awards receptions, leadership groups, food festivals, cooking expos, travel shows, study abroad programs and more. She has spoken in Italy, South Korea, India and across the US.



To see list of past visits and portfolio visit www.suchetarawal.com



Sample Visits for K-7:

15 mins - Skype video call for classrooms and book clubs. Meet the author and ask your questions about the books. Many schools are using my books as part of their curriculum and this is a great opportunity to hear the story behind the story.

30 minutes - Book reading of one of my books: Beato Goes to Greenland, Beato Goes to Israel, or Beato Goes to Indonesia. I talk about how I got inspired to write books, and show photos of the main character (my real-life cat, Beato), other characters (Ruso the dog), and illustrations from the book (which are based on my own travels). Kids get excited to see the parallels between Beato and myself, as we ride a chopper and see a humpback whale.

45 mins - With younger kids, I also talk about different aspects of a book, introducing them to what is an author and illustrator, genre, cover, publisher, etc.

1 hour - In addition to above, I walk them through the writing and illustration process - how to expand on an idea, create characters, use imagination vs. real life situations, work with an editor, create manuscript, approach publisher, market their books.

2 hours - Above plus writing workshops where we develop stories together. Class may be divided into authors and illustrators to work on a story concept as a group or individually.


High School and College Students:

I generally give 45-minutes presentation about my life - growing up in India, college life in Atlanta, and finding my passion for writing, traveling and entrepreneurship. Broadly, I speak about my career as a food and travel writer (traveling to 70+ countries), nonprofit organization, Go Eat Give (which raises diversity awareness) and my books, Beato Goes To (that teach kids about travel and culture). I inspire students to identify and pursue their passion, even if it means carving out a niche career.


Parents and Teachers:

I have offered several workshops on how to raise kids in a diverse environment. Discussions include cultural sensitivity, resources available in the community, cheap travel abroad opportunities, and fun ways to teach kids about the world. I have hosted numerous cultural events, taken people on volunteer abroad tours, and worked with consulates and tourism departments from all around the world. My sessions have been highlighted by The Huffington Post and The Atlantic Institute.


To learn more about Beato Goes To series of books, visit www.beatogoesto.com


Video of Presentation:http://suchetarawal.com/appearances/