A leadership institute geared toward Georgia’s Muslim professionals launched last year has named the members of its second class for 2020.
The Islamic Speakers Bureau Leadership Institute has also continued its partnership with CIFAL Atlanta, the United Nations training agency housed at Kennesaw State University, on weekly courses that begin Jan. 11.
The program is built around classroom instruction and interaction, with the 17 selected leaders getting a chance each week to interact with nonprofit and corporate experts in various fields.
But just like the inaugural program last year, they will also get hands-on experience using their newly acquired skills through service projects that will benefit local organizations.
“The ISBLI Class of 2020 is a group of exceptional leaders who already make a difference in our community,” said Soumaya Khalifa, Islamic Speakers Bureau’s executive director, said in a statement. “By providing them with opportunities to engage with some of Atlanta’s most respected leaders, we know that they will gain skills and confidence and will contribute even more to improving our society.”
While the program is primarily focused on increasing representation among Muslims, it is open to all faiths and should be especially useful for those with a cross-cultural bent, Ms. Khalifa has told Global Atlanta.
The full list of participants is included below:
- Omnia Abdel-Gawad, Consultant & Life Coach
- Ashraf Abukhalaf , Matrix Engineering Group
- Tasnim Alamgir, DNA Atlanta Science Academy
- Kelly Crosby, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Carmen Echols, United Physicians Group
- Amna Farooqi, 9 to 5 Georgia
- Sara Farooqi, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Amirah Kahera, IMAN Atlanta
- Shomaila Khan, Health Care Plan Management
- Azka Mahmood, Research Analyst
- DeAndre’ Marshall, International Human Rights Institute
- Saudia Muwwakkil, National Park Service
- Lolade Owokoniran, CIFAL Atlanta/Kennesaw State University
- Iman Naim, Georgia Department of Public Health
- Steffani Salter, CEO/Consultant
- Chenaz Seelarbokus, Kennesaw State University
- Akili Ujima, US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons