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2022 40 Under Forty: Vaishali Shah

Click here to return to HBJ’s 2022 40 Under Forty Award Honorees Vaishali Shah Age:39 Company: The Coder School Farmington and Glastonbury Title: Owner Number of years with current company: 3.5 Town where I live: Southington Town where I work: Farmington and Glastonbury College: University of Connecticut Highest degree: Master’s in healthcare administration
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Vaishali Shah is the owner of the Coder School Farmington, Glastonbury, and Cheshire (coming soon). The Coder School is a national franchise headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Shah is the first person in Connecticut to open up a coding for kids after school and summer camp program. The company has grown from six employees to more than 20 in three years. The idea came about as her husband was Googling after school programs for her son.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

My biggest accomplishment was starting a business without having any business experience and growing it to be successful. I went into a business centered around technology without having any previous technology education and opened up two Coder Schools in less than two years. It involved pivoting through the pandemic to offer an online service.

How are you involved in the community?

I’m providing high school and college students with internship opportunities and coding classes to Farmington, Glastonbury and Wethersfield public schools. It also offers Girl Scout coding badges to the Girl Scout community and provides autistic kids a place to thrive. My business provides any student between the ages of 7 to 18, a place to learn about coding, robotics and technology that may not be offered at their local schools.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Travel! I like going anywhere and everywhere with my family as well as working out, reading, running, cooking and baking with my six-year-old daughter.

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• Started the first Coding School for Kids franchise in Connecticut.

• Built a net worth of $1.5 million in three years.

• Pivoted through the pandemic and offered an online service that was profitable throughout the pandemic.

• Offered high school and college students an internship opportunity concentrated around computer science.

Fun Fact

I have been to Disney World seven times since 2015.

Theme Song

“Girl on Fire” — Alicia Keys

Bucket List

What are two things that you would like to achieve before you turn 40?

I would like to open up my third Coder School in the fall of 2022. I would also like to visit the Amalfi coast in Italy.

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