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Our Mission

We are committed to creating a more diverse, empathetic, authentic, and caring world. Through purposeful conversations, dynamic events, and authentic reflection we believe that Caffeinated Aspirations can be a small part of that movement. 


What we value:

Diversity, Creative Solutions, Affordability, Accessibility, Approachability, Self-Advocacy, & Personal Growth


Themes of Programing

  • Defining Your Values

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • First Generation Americans

  • First Generation College Students

  • Gender and Sexual Orientation 

  • Grappling with Identity

  • Intersectional Identities

  • Leadership 

  • Responsibilities of Allyship

  • Salary Equity

  • South Asian Experiences 

  • Team Development

  • Women’s Empowerment

Our team

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Erica D'Eramo

Co-Founder &

Chief Executive Officer

Erica has co-founded Caffeinated Aspirations with Pavan Purswani to create dynamic and thoughtful solutions to organizations. She is specifically passionate about educating individuals in areas of social justice, salary equity, professional development, and community support.

Erica is a member of the Franklin & Marshall LGBTQ Alumni Council, entrepreneur, and Assistant Director of the Center for Women in Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


  • Master of Arts, Higher Education Administration, University of Michigan

  • Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration and Management, Franklin & Marshall College


Pavan M. Purswani

Co-Founder &

Chief Branding Officer

Pavan Purswani is a partner, father, higher education professional and co-founder of Caffeinated Aspirations. He brings nearly 15 years of experience in higher education with a robust portfolio of experiences. Pavan is passionate about mental health, storytelling, identity, equality, and quality educational opportunities.  


  • Bachelor of Science, Education, Bowling Green State University

  • Masters of Science, Counseling with Concentration in College Student Personnel, Shippensburg University

  • Doctor of Philosophy Student, Higher Education Administration, Morgan State University 

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