We had the good fortune of connecting with Snigdha Sangisetti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Snigdha, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Low Ultraviolet (L.U.V.) was founded on the principle of helping others through their skin cancer journey – whether that meant being there for them with our safe, fashionable, UPF 50+ clothing or as a shoulder to cry on. We wanted to create a safe space for our community to share their struggles, triumphs, and everything in between. Erica and I truly believe that we are nothing without our community. Together we outshine skin cancer!
Over the span of a year, we’ve welcomed over 15 ambassadors, launched 32 products, and partnered with and donated to amazing organizations such as the Melanoma Research Foundation, We Rock Cancer, Lupus Foundation of America, and the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia! We’re working hard to expand our product line, as well as expand our community further internationally!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Apart from working on L.U.V. part-time, I have a full-time job as a Machine Learning Engineer at a federal consulting firm based in the northern Virginia area. I’m swiftly approaching my one year anniversary at my full-time role and I’ve learned to strike a balance between both roles, while also maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
I grew up loving math and visual representations. I prefer to use data to explain phenomena over emotion, so I pursued data science, which is the happy medium between my natural strengths and developed interests.
There isn’t much representation of Indian women in both the technology and e-commerce fields, so I never had a role model to look up to when I was growing up. I hope to change that with time by leading others within the community and making myself available as a resource.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend visiting the Washington DC area, we would do the following together:
– Walk around the monuments at night with shawarmas from George’s
– Explore Georgetown and the waterfront
– Dinner at Sfoglina
– Spend the evening bar hopping in Chinatown
– Catch a hockey game at Capital One Arena
– Go-karting at Autobahn
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give Virginia Tech, my alma mater, a shoutout for their support during L.U.V.’s ideation stage. Some organizations that deserve recognition as well are the Apex Center of Entrepreneurship for nurturing our crazy ideas and the Collegiate Women in Business for setting Erica and I up for success!
Instagram: @snigduhh and @lowultraviolet
Graduation photo: Alyssa Duong