September 2017

Shiv Kirat Deol

Neighborhood: Mt. Vernon, Baltimore
Johns Hopkins Home Care Group
Quality/Safety Manager

Shiv Kirat


Favorite Local Restaurant: Brewer’s Art and The Helmand
Favorite Musician: Andrea Bocelli, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Kungs
Favorite TV Shows: Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Rick and Morty, Futurama, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Favorite Sports Team: Not a big sport fan
Favorite Hangout: Brewer’s Art, Owl Bar, my CrossFit box

Why did you get involved with ELU and United Way?
I wanted to expand my professional circle outside of the folks I worked with and connect with like-minded individuals. I saw engaged members aspiring to make positive social change and who believed in giving back to the community. In addition to the various volunteering opportunities, ELU provides opportunities for professional development that I feel are paramount for young professionals like myself who have the drive to continue to grow and excel in the workplace.

What is your favorite ELU event and why?
The annual ELU Young Professionals Conference, primarily because it is a great forum for professional development, and because the sense of camaraderie from belonging to an actively engaged community is positively overwhelming. The speakers are exceptional, and the content of the sessions is relevant and easily applicable to my day-to-day life.

Why do you think ELU is such an important program?
ELU is a holistic program that provides opportunities to help one grow professionally, become an active member of the community and eventually expand one’s professional circle. If it were not for being an ELU member, I probably would have never crossed paths with some of the Senior Leadership at my workplace, which to me emphasizes the importance of being a member of ELU. This group can truly help young professionals build meaningful professional relationships.

What is the most important role that young professionals play in bettering our community?
They bring pragmatic vision to help mobilize resources to generate community change combined with a drive and passion to make an everlasting impact.

What are you most thankful for?
I am grateful to be part of ELU and to be on the front line to foster positive social change that changes lives and builds a better, stronger community.