Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers: Zankhna Parekh

osition: CEO and creative designer at Zankhna Designs, offering socially-conscious clothing; co-founder of Parekh Family Foundation

Favorite accomplishments: “Coming to the U.S. from Africa on my own at 17. I put myself through school, got a master’s in physical therapy, and was then able to bring my entire nuclear family here. I managed 81 clinics at the peak of my physical therapy career, then decided to stay home with the kids and started my own fashion line. I am co-founder of the Parekh Family Foundation, which performs surgeries and rehabilitation in third-world countries. I’m proud that I am pursuing every single dream of mine on a daily basis.”

Motivation: “I’ve picked paths where I can help people, make them smile and feel good about themselves. That spark in people’s eyes motivates me, whether it’s from an outfit I made for them or if I helped them walk. I’m also motivated by a hard-working husband. If he is able to do so much, I feel I have no reason to hold back.”

Biggest challenge: “As much as I want to soar and reach new heights, I stop myself often since my number one priority is my three young kids. Finding a way to still give back and pursue my dreams while making sure I am always present for them is the hardest challenge.” 

Fun fact: “I never, ever watch TV. I am an avid reader, but will not watch a single minute of TV.” 

Advice: “Stay true to yourself but go out there and pursue your dream even if it seems like the craziest idea or the hardest thing you have ever done.”

B.J. Lambdin


Daniel Whittaker


Paige Dick


Zankhna Parekh


Barry Richburg


Michelle Smith


Shawn Chase


Dr. Allan Acton


Kenneth Combs


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