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Book: Being Sheela

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“Being Sheela” a Biography Recently Published by Harper Collins

The critically acclaimed biography “Being Sheela: The Life Journey of an Immigration Attorney” has recently been released by Harper Collins.

What is “Being Sheela” about? It explores the life of a woman who has made it her purpose to strive for a better world. With insightful detours into her rather eventful growing-up years, it follows her journey from India to the United States, through law school at Harvard to the inception of what went on to become one of the most successful immigration law firms in the world – the Murthy Law Firm. The book takes a close look at a few out of the countless cases that Sheela and her dynamic legal team have handled over twenty-five years in the face of rapidly changing American attitudes towards immigrants. It highlights how one person’s vision and mission, working with a dedicated team, can transform lives. Lives not just in the thousands who work directly with her and the firm each year but in the millions of individuals and families who rely on the information, knowledge and wisdom shared through the website,

“Being Sheela” is about the human side of a successful professional, an immigrant and woman of color. Sheela feels that she is simply a vehicle to help people achieve their American dream of living and working in the U.S. This book will transport you, as you feel the highs and the lows, by seeing yourself through the eyes of those impacted. It is ironic that most from the outside see America as the land of limitless opportunities, yet so many in the U.S. do not feel that way.  Hopefully, this book will provide inspiration and motivation, not just for immigrants, but for all, to seek and find hope and opportunities to fulfill their dreams and to live life to its fullest potential.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book, please consider the following suggested donation. The Foundation will send the book as a thank you gift for your generous contribution. For a donation of $25.00 you will receive a hard-bound copy as a gift and for $100.00, you will receive a hard-bound and signed copy as a gift. There are no additional shipping and handling charges.

100% of all proceeds will be donated to the MurthyNAYAK Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity and will be used for projects funded by the Foundation  to support causes and organizations both in the U.S. and India. A portion of your contribution is tax deductible. Please check with your accountant for details.

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Norte Dame University: March 30, 2021, 5:00 – 6:30PM ET. Women’s Business Institute for Leadership at Norte Dame University. Kick-off with Denise Koch, Emmy Award–winning journalist and news anchor.  Link to register.

TiEDC: April 7, 2021, 4:00pm – 5:30pm ET, Event organized and hosted by TiEDC, the world’s largest organization for entrepreneurs. Co-Hosts: Harvard Business School Club of Washington DC and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Maryland Institute, College of Art: Video of interview with Marc Steiner, nationally renowned, award winning journalist and radio personality.

Stevenson University: Interview with Dr. Heather Harris, Professor at the School of Design, Stevenson University, Owings Mills, MD.

WJZ TV – CBS Affiliate: Two minute news segment video with Denise Koch, Emmy Award–winning journalist and news anchor to celebrate Women’s History Month, March 2021.

Harper Collins: Sheela Murthy and Adithi Rao in conversation with editor Prema Govindan of Harper Collins on Sheela’s extraordinary professional journey and her purpose in life to work for the benefit of others.Video

The American Bazaar: Book Review  – ‘Being Sheela’: Life and times of a powerhouse attorney, entrepreneur and philanthropist by Sandra Liotta.

The American Bazaar Online: Video interview by Aziz Hanifa. Sheela Murthy discusses her newly released biography, “Being Sheela: The Life Journey of an Immigration Lawyer.”

I95Business: Interview in the I95Business magazine and website by Vicki Franz, summarizing a discussion of Sheela Murthy with Heidi Daniel, the CEO of the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, MD, during the United Way Book Club event.

The Hindu: Book Review in The Hindu, a leading daily newspaper in India on the book Being Sheela.

TiE Global: Video of an interview with Sheela Murthy during the TiE Global Summit organized by TiE Hyderabad on the book “Being Sheela”, with a lively discussion on entrepreneurship and philanthropy.


American Immigration Council

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The American Immigration Council (AIC, formerly AILF, the American Immigration Law Foundation) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the prosperity and diversity of our nation by educating people about the enduring benefits of immigration, and by preserving a legal framework that will help America continue to be a nation of immigrants. The MurthyNAYAK Foundation supports the work of AIC through annual financial contributions and participation in its work. Attorney Sheela Murthy has served in as an advisor to this influential organization, and is a trustee emerita of AIC.

AIC’s legal advocacy arm, the Legal Action Center, litigates important test cases on immigration issues of vital interest to the just administration of our immigration laws, and files amicus curiae briefs in cases of special significance. It also provides information resources for legal professionals involved in immigration litigation and works with a coalition of lawyers and immigrant rights advocates to promote the just and fair administration of our immigration laws.

AIC also works to educate the public about immigration issues, and seeks to dispel popular misconceptions through its Community Education Center, highlighting the contributions of immigrants to the rich diversity of our society. AIC provides authoritative research and analysis on the public policy of immigration through its Immigration Policy Center, and sponsors international exchange visitors to the United States through an internship and training program.

Further information on AIC is on the web

United Way

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United Way of America (now United Way Worldwide) based in Alexandria, Virginia, is a nonprofit organization that works with almost 1,200 local United Way offices throughout the country in a coalition of charitable organizations to pool efforts in fundraising and support. United Way’s focus is to identify and resolve important community issues and to make measurable, sustainable changes in communities through partnerships with schools, government agencies, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, community development corporations, voluntary and neighborhood associations, the faith community, and others. The main areas of focus include education, income, and health, which aligns with the mission of the MurthyNAYAK Foundation – a longtime supporter.

United Way identifies and builds on community strengths and assets, helps individuals and groups with specific community interests find ways to contribute their time and talents, supports direct-service programs and community-change efforts, and advocates public-policy changes. All of this is done in collaboration with diverse partners. Depending on the issue and how the community chooses to address it, United Way coordinates with schools, government agencies, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, community development corporations, voluntary and neighborhood associations, the religious community, and others.

Some of the common themes addressed by United Way include:

  • Helping children and youth succeed through engagement
  • Strengthening and supporting families
  • Improving access to health care
  • Promoting financial stability



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Jhpiego is an international, nonprofit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years and in more than 155 countries, Jhpiego has been committed to preventing the needless deaths of women and their families. Health care for women and children aligns with the MurthyNAYAK Foundation’s mission, which is why we are long-time partners with Jhpiego.

Jhpiego works with health experts, governments and community leaders to provide high-quality health care for their people. Jhpiego develops strategies to help countries create a culture of care for themselves by training competent health care workers, strengthening health care systems, and improving delivery of care. Innovative, effective, and low-cost health care solutions are designed to ensure a high level of care for women and their families. These practical, evidence-based interventions are breaking down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Mission and Values

Jhpiego is dedicated to improving the health of women and families in developing countries.

From its origins as technical experts in reproductive, maternal, and child health, Jhpiego has evolved to embrace new challenges, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, and cervical cancer prevention and urban health – reflecting the increasing interconnectedness of global health. Jhpiego takes the latest advances in science and technology, applies that knowledge to develop practical, low-cost health care solutions, and makes them available from home to hospital, village to city.

Jhpiego assists countries confronting and addressing health needs for women and their families. Jhpiego accomplishes this by educating and preparing frontline health workers with evidence-based skills and techniques to deliver quality health care. Jhpiego believes that, because many people cannot reach needed services easily and expeditiously, health care should be mobile and made available to people where they live and in their communities.

To meet that need, Jhpiego designs and implements effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions that can be delivered by a community health care worker in a home or by a doctor or a nurse in a hospital. Jhpiego supports and works to develop integrated treatment services and health interventions for a variety of illnesses, so women and families can be treated for several conditions in a convenient place at one time.


Chennakeshava School

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The Chennakeshava School is a visible sign of hope for hundreds of children from poor neighborhoods in Bangalore, India. Through a gift to United Way International, the MurthyNAYAK Foundation provides free breakfast and lunch, books, some scholarships, and transportation for 2,000 children at the Chennakeshava School. A large proportion of the children at Chennakeshava are the first in their family to go to school; for all of them, a good education is the only thing that gives them a realistic chance of being able to achieve their childhood dreams of a better life.

Recognizing how hard it is to learn on an empty stomach, the MNF provides nutritious meals to the children so they can concentrate on their studies. MNF worked with nutrition experts to devise a meal plan that would provide the essential nutrients children need for growing minds and growing bodies.

Chennakeshava School is preparing these students for a better future, feeding their hungry young minds with lessons in math, science, and reading, and integrating computers into the curriculum to equip them for more advanced study and jobs in the modern digital economy for which Bangalore has become famous.

Further information on the MurthyNAYAK Foundation’s work at the Chennakeshava School is on the web at