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Jasbina Ahluwalia, BA’91, MA’92

Jasbina Ahluwalia, BA’91, MA’92

Making time for personal relationships while juggling the demands of a busy professional life led attorney Jasbina Ahluwalia down a new career path several years ago. The second-generation Indian American is founder of Intersections Matchmaking, which caters to single South Asian professionals nationwide.

“Finding time for a personal life can be a common issue for young professionals from South Asian backgrounds—people whose cultures discourage early dating and teach them to focus first on their educations and other self-development,” she says.

After practicing law in San Francisco and Chicago, Ahluwalia married, became a certified matchmaker, and founded Intersections in 2007 in Palo Alto, Calif.

Intersect­ions is not an online dating service, she asserts, but a “premium service involving a highly personalized consultative and feedback-centric process.” Clients have comprehensive consultations with her, and potential matches—who come from an extensive network of singles pooled from numerous sources—are prescreened before any introductions are made.

“At Vanderbilt I felt encouraged to hone both my intellectual abilities and interpersonal skills, to value both physical fitness and mental acuity, and to take care of others while nurturing myself,” says Ahluwalia, who studied philosophy at Vanderbilt. “This holistic approach to life is extremely valuable in serving our clients.”

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© 2015 Vanderbilt University | Photography: Pracheta Sharma Bhatia/The Indian Express

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