Lexmark names 2014 Volunteer of the Year

By Lisa Doctrow

Sudeepta_speechSudeepta Ray, a product engineer on the Enterprise Software team in Kolkata, India, is Lexmark’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year.

The Global Living the Vision Committee chose Ray from among 20 worldwide nominees.

“Sudeepta has a passion for making this world a better place; her enthusiasm and efforts in the area of women empowerment have touched my heart,” said Debjani Gupta, an HR business partner in India who nominated Ray for the award. “I am so excited to see her win the Lexmark Volunteer of the Year award. She highly deserves it.”

Ray has a long list of volunteer activities, most notably:

  • She logged more than 500 hours in the last year on a special mentoring program she created for girls to decrease their school dropout rate.
  • For past seven years, Ray has been a member of a nonprofit organization called “Eso Kichhu Kori,” which is focused on providing higher education to academically advanced students coming from low-income families. This organization has helped more than 150 children to continue their education and build careers. Ray is one of the members of the governing body and is the editor of the organization’s quarterly newsletter.

She volunteers for an Indian organization called CRY (Child Rights and You), in which she is actively involved in a project that focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating young girls sold in red light areas. So far more than 50 girls have been rescued.

  • Ray is a contributing author and co-editor of a bilingual quarterly Web magazine, Diyala, which has articles in Bengali and English and is targeted for children under 16. Diyala aims to instill positivity among its readers around the world through short stories, memoirs, history and puzzles.
  • Ray is co-founder of an organization called Maha Jiban, which fights human trafficking of tribal people, especially girls from extreme poverty-stricken areas. The organization works to save young people who are vulnerable to trafficking by creating jobs for them.

“Sudeepta’s devotion to so many things and the determination to cater to each one of them is really remarkable,” said Sandipan Chakraborty, Ray’s manager. “I am really thrilled that she gets the appreciation she deserves. I hope many follow her path.”

Lexmark will donate to the charity or charities of Ray’s choice in honor of her recognition.

Lexmark is committed to support volunteerism efforts in the communities across the globe where our employees work and live. Learn more about this commitment here.