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Michigan State University
Spartan Sagas
Manoj Saxena
Alumnus, 1991
Austin, Texas
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Manoj Saxena

A journey with purpose.

Alumnus, 1991
Austin, Texas


For Manoj Saxena, the key to a successful life can be summed up in one word: passion.

Spurred by a deep desire to “leave my mark on the world,” Saxena founded two lucrative software-related companies before joining IBM, where he is vice president for market development and strategy.

“I think that if you take a journey with a noble purpose and have a good destination, an invisible hand guides you to success,” says Saxena, who earned an MBA from MSU in 1991. “You need a greater purpose in life beyond your bank balance.”

For Saxena, one such purpose is Communities in Schools (CIS), a nationwide network of professionals seeking to engage young people in science and technology. An avid auto racer, he created Race to Win, an effort that recently raised more than $150,000 for CIS and engaged more than a thousand youths along a 7,200-mile tour.

“You have to have finesse in driving, much like in life,” Saxena says. “It’s not about how fast you go but about how you drive.”