My first name (I assume that’s the one you’re asking about) is pronounced “Show-nah-lee.” It is Bengali for “the golden one.” I’m named after the late Sonali Dasgupta (the Bengali pronunciation of “S” is “sh”). She was the beautiful Bengali wife of filmmaker Harisadan Dasgupta, who scandalized India in the 1950s by eloping with Roberto Rossellini (still married to Ingrid Bergman at the time).

Shonali Burke
Founder and publisher of Waxing UnLyrical, Shonali Burke helps purpose-driven brands bring big ideas to life. She teaches at The Johns Hopkins University, has gone back to school herself with the Harvard Business Analytics Program, and is creator/lead instructor at The Social PR Virtuoso® online training hub , where ambitious PR pros learn how to unleash their inner Social PR superheroes. Owned by Lola the Basset Hound, she's mad about ABBA, bacon, cooking, dogs, and Elvis, though not necessarily in that order. Wouldn't you like to be in her kitchen?
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