Meet our Founder
Originally from India, Alka Bhargav (BAR-gov), is a social entrepreneur who has become an integral figure in the Huntsville business and nonprofit communities.
Alka’s many years of HR experience gave her keen insight into what companies look for in high-potential employees. For many years, Alka desired to match that knowledge with her own life experiences to empower young women from under-resourced backgrounds to dream big and create a path to achieve generational prosperity.
In 2013, that dream became a reality when Alka and her husband started the Aum Foundation. Through the Foundation, Alka's vision has provided more than 150 girls across the state of Alabama with invaluable resources - like mentorship, life skills and workforce development classes, emotional support, personalized ACT tutoring, and so much more.
Alka also has served on numerous boards including Drake State Foundation, New Futures, the Madison City Disability Advocacy Board, and the North Alabama Society of Human Resource Management. She also served as President of the Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) Foundation Board in 2017, and she is completing her term as the Chair of Women’s Business Council.
Additionally, Alka enjoys giving back to the community through volunteer work for Habitat to Humanity, the American Heart Association, Asha Kiran, and more. In 2020, Alka was recognized as the Woman of the Year by the Psi Alpha Zeta chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority. In 2022, Alka was Honored to be recognized as a Change Maker by the Alabama Women’s Foundation.
In her free time, Alka likes to dive into a good book, cook delicious meals, or try out the latest interior decorating trends.