Speaker listing for the 5th Annual Leadership Summit is subject to change.
What is the Mindset of a Leader?
Successful leadership requires cultivating the right mindset. This panel will focus on
parsing out the ingredients of this complex mindset, including critical self-assessment
skills, confidence, and creativity. Panelists will share their strategies for channeling this
mindset as well as their know-how on how to connect with people, build consensus,
and learn from mistakes. They will also discuss how they keep focused and renew their
The Muslim Professional: A Critical Part of the American Muslim Mosaic
Muslim professionals form a critical part of the American Muslim mosaic not only because
of their professional expertise, but because of their ability to contribute to organizations
in their professional, personal, and financial capacities. This panel will explore the
multiple ways Muslim professionals give back to their communities -- not only the Muslim
community, but also the community at large. The speakers will draw from their experiences
to chart a path for leadership within our communities.
Network Your Way to Success
Everyone knows that networking is an essential component for successful leadership but
many think it's an innate skill that cannot be learned. In fact, networking is a skill that can
absolutely be developed through practice. It requires approaching situations with the right
attitude and strategies. This interactive workshop is an opportunity to learn practical and
innovative strategies to create connections and strengthen relationships. This workshop
will also arm you with tips on developing a memorable "elevator pitch", entering existing
conversations, extracting yourself from conversations, and handling faith-specific situations
that may arise in the networking setting.
Developing a High-Impact Communication Strategy
In a world where style and substance are both equally important, successful leadership
requires developing a high-impact communication strategy. This interactive workshop is
an opportunity to learn strategies for crafting simple but effective messaging, preparing
for different formats for delivery, whether through an electronic medium or one-on-one
pitches, managing information flow about your message, and maximizing its dissemination.
Cultivating Your Leadership Presence
Separate and apart from innate charisma, effective leaders cultivate their leadership
presence -- a combination of credibility, comportment, and consistency. This interactive
workshop is an opportunity to learn strategies for developing and conveying that particular
combination of behaviors and attitudes that present a sense of confidence, competence,
commitment and authenticity.
Developing a Negotiation Strategy – The Seven Elements of Negotiation
Most negotiators are reactive – they decide what to do in a negotiation in the moment as
a response to what their counterpart does. When they choose correctly, they feel good
about the outcome of their negotiations, but when they choose incorrectly, they chalk
up the results to bad luck. Negotiations don’t have to be about luck. A smart negotiator
proactively develops a strategy ahead of time. Learn how to develop a negotiation
strategy based on the Seven Elements of Negotiation and learn how to implement your
strategy during a negotiation with a smart agenda.
Defining Success in Negotiation – The Water Pricing Game
How can you tell if you “won” a negotiation? How do you define your goals prior to a
negotiation? How do relationships, communication and other intangible elements of
negotiation affect your definition of success? In this session we will practice negotiating
with a team exercise called “Water Pricing.” This challenging game will have you thinking
twice about how you negotiate and how you define success. Will you win?
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Account Director, Ogilvy & Mather Sarab is a seasoned marketing professional with over a decade of experience solving business challenges on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 clients. He joined Ogilvy & Mather in 2010 as an Account Director, managing an integrated Global Advertising Technology Account. Prior to joining Ogilvy, he worked at Digitas leading several Relationship Marketing and Digital accounts.
In the fall of 2010, Sarab joined the Ogilvy Noor team (the world’s first bespoke Islamic Branding practice, offering expert practical advice on how to build brands that appeal to Muslim consumers, globally) and helped lead the public launch of the practice in North America. In addition, Sarab recently founded Ogilvy Doonya, an internal professional network where employees can further understand Islamic values, customs, and interests.
Sarab is also an active leader in the Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP), co-founding the NY chapter and sits on the national board. He is a key driver in strategic community development and capacity building efforts across the national NAAP network. >> Top
Vice President, Global Sales Mr. Bertolet’s career includes 26 years working for one of the world’s largest professional development organization, Dale Carnegie Training. Mr. Bertolet has been recognized for his abilities to increase sales dramatically and improve operations in the markets he has managed.
Today Mr. Bertolet, as the Vice President of Global Sales, supports international clients with their results oriented training programs.
In the last 26 years, Mr. Bertolet also has trained more than 5,000 participants that have given him insights into enhancing executive and leadership performance that help drive overall success.
Mr. Bertolet has been very active in the community, serving as a board member
for the United Way. He'll be facilitating the "Network Your Way to Success" workshop. >> Top
Dr. Hina Chaudhry is a cardiologist, scientist, entrepreneur and Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Biology with a thesis in Physics from MIT, and obtained her M.D. with Honors from Harvard Medical School. She is board-certified by the American Board of Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.
She completed her fellowship training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the American Heart Association's highest award for cardiology fellows, the Clinician-Scientist Award, one of ten awarded nationally. She was also the top-ranked cardiology fellow in the U.S. for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award. She then joined the faculty at Columbia University where she held an endowed chair as Florence Irving Assistant Professor, Columbia University's highest award for its young medical faculty. She won AstraZeneca’s Young Cardiovascular Investigator Prizes in 2004 and 2006 amongst numerous other awards during her time at Columbia. She has continuously held NIH funding for over a decade for her academic research. Her ground-breaking publications regarding molecular and cellular regulators of cardiac repair have often received global publicity, and her most recent publication in January 2012 regarding a novel kind of fetal/placental stem cell implicated in heart repair went ‘viral’ on Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter. She serves on many committees of the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, is an invited speaker at numerous scientific conferences, and provides guest commentary on heart-related issues for news media.
She is also Founder and President of VentriNova, Inc., a biotech start-up company aimed at developing a clinical therapy for cardiac regeneration in heart disease. VentriNova is funded by one of the most prestigious venture capital firms in biotech- Broadview Ventures. She was also awarded an NIH business grant for VentriNova that received the highest score nationally over a period of five years. In December 2008, she was profiled for the “Genius” Edition of Esquire Magazine as one of 28 American Innovators of the Year.
Additionally, Dr. Chaudhry has served as an adviser to the U.S. Department of State on U.S.-Pakistan Relations through the Aspen Institute, has been awarded the “Star of Excellence Award” (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) from the government of Pakistan for her research, received the Professor Abdus Salam Award from the Pakistan League of America for her humanitarian efforts and scientific research, serves on the advisory board of Turning Point for Women and Families, and on the host committee for Seeds of Peace. >> Top
Maria Ebrahimji is the Director and Executive Editorial Producer for Network Booking at CNN Worldwide. In her fourteen years at CNN, Ebrahimji has helped produce or managed CNN’s guest programming on many important stories and events, including three Presidential elections, 9/11, the Iraq War, Madrid train bombing, Pakistan and Haiti earthquakes, the 2011 Arab uprisings, and the deaths of Yasser Arafat, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and Benazir Bhutto, and Pope John Paul II. As a former producer for CNN International, Ebrahimji worked on high-profile programs such as Your World Today, Q&A, Diplomatic License, and Inside Africa. Ebrahimji’s work on CNN Connects: The New South Africa won a 2007 NABJ Award of Excellence in the Television-Public Affairs Program category. She also shares several George Foster Peabody Awards with her colleagues for CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 Presidential Primary Campaigns and Debates, and the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill- as well as an Alfred Dupont-Columbia Award for CNN’s coverage of the Asian Tsunami.
At CNN and Turner Broadcasting, Ebrahimji is Vice Chair of the CNN Diversity Council, a board member of Turner Asia, a member of Turner Women Today, and is on the Turner Broadcasting Corporate Responsibility Council and Green Task Force. In her community, Ebrahimji is on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Press Club and the Atlanta chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. Last year, Ebrahimji co-edited and published, I Speak for Myself: American Women on
Being Muslim and since then has co-founded I Speak for Myself, Inc., a book and multimedia enterprise that focuses on publishing self-narrative collections on interfaith and intercultural issues.>> Top
Zeba Iqbal was Executive Director of CAMP between 2009 and 2011. Zeba joined CAMP in 2005 when she became an officer in the New York Chapter. She was the Deputy Executive Director of CAMP between 2007 and 2009; and the Conference Manager of CAMP's 2008, 2009 and 2011 conferences. Zeba continues to be one of CAMP's strongest supporters and is currently working to establish a Board of Directors and continues to advise on the Leadership Summit to be held on April 21, 2012.
Zeba has an MBA from The George Washington University, and an undergraduate degree in architecture from Bangalore, India. Professionally, she
has over 12 years experience in real estate development and consulting. She currently lives in New York City, and works for Princeton University managing their off-campus residential real estate development projects.
Zeba is a 2009-10 Fellow of USC CRCC's American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, AMCLI. >> Top
Director of Product Strategy, Accolade
Passionate about health care, Umair helps consumers make better use of a confusing health care system. Currently, he leads product strategy for Accolade, a provider of personal health assistants. Umair's previous health care experience includes corporate development at RedBrick Health, strategic marketing at GE Healthcare, management consulting at Monitor Group, and early stage venture investing at Monitor Ventures. Umair co-founded Muslim Urban Professionals, a professional networking organization. Umair holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and BS and BBA degrees from the University of Houston.
MPAC's Director of Policy & Programming
Edina is responsible for working with the MPAC team of staff and volunteers to fulfill strategic initiatives in government, media and Hollywood engagement as well as our leadership development programs. From 2004-2010, Edina served as MPAC's Communications Director. Edina has appeared on national media outlets, including CNN, BBC, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. She is also the founder and chair of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change and Elev8, an arts-based youth leadership development program. She has an M.A. in Communication from Pepperdine University and a B.A. in American Literature & Culture from UCLA. She'll be facilitating two workshops: "Developing a High-Impact Communication Strategy" and "Cultivating Your Leadership Presence." >> Top
Farhan Memon is the Founder of WikiOrgCharts, a company that crowdsources org chart information. Prior to that he was an executive at AOL where he headed the company’s mobile search product and also led AOL’s mobile advertising sales strategy.
Memon began his career as a journalist creating the New York Post’s Post Interactive feature, the first technology section for a mainstream newspaper. He then became a consultant to the CEO of Prodigy and created Living Digital an Internet lifestyle site that was sold to Ziff Davis.
Memon co-founded Yack.com, a “TV-Guide” to live events on the Internet which was funded by Mayfield Fund, Weiss Peck and Greer, and Frank Biondi amongst others. >> Top
Ashfaq Mohiuddin is an American Muslim, born and raised in Chicago, IL. Since 1998, Ashfaq has been working in the information technology consulting area and currently is a Solution Architect at Slalom Consulting. Prior to joining Slalom Consulting Ashfaq spent 13 years at IBM working primarily in the space of Data Management and Data Strategy. Ashfaq has been very active in the Lake County community since 2004. He is the founder and Executive Director of the UMMA Center. A nonprofit organization located in Waukegan ,IL that is dedicated to empowering the low income community through education. In 2012 Ashfaq was named by MBMuslima Magazine as 40 inspirational Muslims under 40. Ashfaq is an active member in the business community and has a passion for entrepreneurship and education. He completed his MBA from DePaul University with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Ashfaq is currently in Northwestern's Kellogg Executive Scholar Program. Ashfaq resides in Lake County, IL with his wife Nazia and their two children Nura and Zayd.
Intisar Rashid is an attorney from Atlanta, GA experienced in litigation and trial technique, focusing on contract litigation, personal injury, criminal defense and election law. She also counsels business and non-profit boards on various legal matters. Attorney Rashid’s passion for service to the community inspired her to travel between California and New York as a National Urban Fellow honing her skills in the administration of public sector organizations. Attorney Rashid has served as a governing board member of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam and the Mohammed Schools of Atlanta. She currently sits on the board of the Interfaith Community Institute based out of Atlanta, GA. Attorney Rashid received a BS from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Mercer University’s School of Law. She has completed various trainings including an American Muslim Women’s Leadership Training in Abu Dhabi, UAE; a Political Leadership Training sponsored by the White House Project; and the Faith in the City Leadership Training Program. Attorney Rashid speaks on various occasions around the city of Atlanta on topics surrounding Muslims, Muslim women, interfaith relations, and various areas of the law. She has conducted published research for the GA Trial Lawyers Association on “When Your Client is Muslim: Considerations for Trial Lawyers”. Attorney Rashid is also a contributing writer for Azizah magazine.
Hosain RahmanCEO and Founder of Jawbone
Hosain Rahman is the CEO and founder of Jawbone, a groundbreaking developer of popular products and services for the mobile lifestyle, including Jawbone Bluetooth headsets, the JAMBOX wireless speaker and, most recently, a mobile health platform called UP. Hosain founded Jawbone in 1999 with a vision of bringing innovative, intuitive, and elegantly designed products to market that let consumers get the most out of their mobile experience.
Since then, Hosain has led Jawbone to become the largest venture capital-backed consumer electronics company in the world, having most recently raised $120M in funding from Andreessen Horowitz and J.P. Morgan Asset Management to join existing investors Sequoia Capital and Khosla Ventures. Hosain’s vision has taken the Jawbone beyond the Bluetooth headset market into mobile health technology and is considered a leader in mobile lifestyle products and he has established Jawbone as a leader and disrupter with its breakthrough software, strong commitment to design, and award-winning products. Jawbone invented NoiseAssassin® technology, the only military-grade noise-eliminating technology that’s built into its Bluetooth headsets. In 2010, Jawbone launched JAMBOX, one of the first wireless speaker systems, which quickly became a best seller in Apple stores and led a great deal of innovation in the wireless audio space.
Now, in 2011, Jawbone is launching its first mobile health-monitoring system, UP by Jawbone. UP tracks movement, sleep patterns and eating habits, and puts the information in the palm of the users hand.
Hosain has been a guest speaker at several leading industry events, including TEDGlobal, D! and D! Mobile. He has guest lectured at Columbia Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and others sharing his experience and insights on today’s marketplace.
In addition to Hosain’s reputation as a Silicon Valley disruptor, he is also active in philanthropy serving on the leadership council of The Tipping Point, a non-profit organization devoted to eliminating poverty in the Bay Area. The Tipping Point has partnered with the KIPP Summit Academy to build a new music room, UCSF and the Child Trauma Research Program to provide mental health treatment to those in need, and with the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center to reorganize and integrate pediatric care to the Bay Area’s most vulnerable citizens. >> Top
Dr. Hayat Sindi is one of the world's leading biotechnologists. She left Saudi Arabia in her teens and worked against the odds to become the first female from the Gulf to earn a PhD in biotechnology, studying at King's College London, Cambridge, MIT and Harvard. Hayat is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, and a co-founder of Diagnostics For All, which offers cost-effective point-of-care diagnostic tools enabling the treatment of the 60% of people living beyond the reach of medical infrastructures. She has been a PopTech fellow in both Science and Social Innovation, advancing her longstanding goal to more closely link science and social impact.
Poptech, an innovation network, recognized her as one of the world's 15 most likely scientists to bring about lifestyle change through research and invention. Hayat was announced by National Geographic as National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She is also the founder of the recently launched the Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity (i2 institute) which aims to create an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and social innovation for scientists, technologists and engineers in the Middle East and beyond. Under The White House initiative Hayat was selected as one of five academics to take part in a documentary film to promote science and technology entitled "Connect a Million Minds." She has won many awards in the Middle East and in the US and continues to be a trailblazer, role model, and innovator.
Most recently, she was named as one of Newsweek's 150 Fearless Women in the World and included in CEO Middle East magazine's list of 100 Most Powerful Arab Women. >> Top
Yasir Syeed never seemed to have fully left the woods and creeks he enjoyed in his youth. Perhaps it was the pull of nature and desire to experience more than the stale air conditioned cubicles, combined with his passion to provide his family food that was raised with mercy and dignity--thereby nourishing the body and spirit--that led him to go to farms and harvest his own meat. One thing led to another, and pretty soon he found himself establishing Green Zabiha, which is devoted to promoting the importance of conscious eating. The underlying ethos of GZ, however, is not about meat, or halal, or even food, but rather about restoring sacredness to all creation, starting with viewing ourselves as the wondrous miracles we are. He has worked for many years in enterprise software sales and marketing and resides with his wife and 4 children in Northern Virginia. >> Top
As founder and managing director of Outreach Strategists, Mustafa has advised members of Congress, big city mayors and federal agencies on how to fight and win political battles. In the private sector his keen insights have led to victories for both corporate and non-profit institutions. He has a track record of skillfully guiding clients through perilous communications challenges.
Mustafa's numerous successful campaigns in the South have garnered accolades from both regional and national publications. Texas Monthly has dubbed him one of the most influential new political players in Texas. His standing as an expert in the field of communications and political strategy is based on an extensive body of knowledge and deep professional experience.
Mustafa’s business credentials also include organizing and guiding multi-million dollar ad campaigns and work as a senior level communications executive.
Mustafa’s overseas experience has included work in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe where he has directed crisis communications on behalf of businesses and government institutions.
His work as an advisor and senior consultant combines an in-depth understanding of complex challenges with long-range vision. Mustafa brings his unique perspective to bear on issues ranging from Houston politics to world affairs.
He also remains a strongly rooted pillar of the local community, having served on the Board of the Houston Zoo, the Houston Downtown Management District, Houston Media Source, and as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Peace.
Sandra L. Vasher
Consultant and trainer with the SAB Group
Sandra's areas of expertise are sales and contracts negotiations. Her experience spans both the private and government sectors, and she has worked with Fortune 500 clients in a number of industries, particular the manufacturing and auto industries. Prior to joining SAB, Sandra gained experience at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where she worked alongside PON
staff to design negotiation training programs for various organizations. She has also been a trainer and mediator both with the Harvard Mediation Program and the Center for Conflict Resolution. Sandra is a graduate of Harvard Law School where she received her negotiation training. During her studies, Sandra also specialized in Asian studies and studied abroad in Beijing and Tianjin, China. She'll be facilitating two workshops: "<Developing a Negotiation Strategy -- The Seven Elements of Negotiation" and "Defining Success in Negotiation -- The Water Pricing Game." >> Top