I'M ZAHRA, IT'S NICE TO MEET YOU!
I'm a transformative spiritual leadership coach, an award winning entrepreneur, and an attorney by training. I began my career working in a civil rights attorney in Minneapolis and developed the “Positive Interactions” diversity training on race and religion, which has been used by Fortune 100 and 500 companies, government agencies, and public school districts. In addition to supporting workplaces to create positive environments I also coach Black and underrepresented leaders to overcome the mental, racial, and spiritual roadblocks to lead transformative lives.
If you're looking for diversity training on Muslims, anti-Black racism, coaching for Black and underrepresented leaders or strategic planning for DEI you're in the right place!
Below you will find an outline of my services and my approach. If you have a need for something you don't see listed, let me know, I'm happy to craft a solution for your organization! You can reach me at email@example.com or book a 30 min consult here.
RACIAL JUSTICE DIVERSITY TRAINING
Diversity trainings provide information and understanding on the issue of systemic anti-Black racism. I offer three different trainings. Each session can be a 1 hour talk or a half day interactive training.
Systemic Racism Overview
For companies initiating a meaningfully discussion on racism
A concise review of the grievances, frustrations and demands of Black people. It begins with historical context and connects to the current everyday experience of Black people in America. Ending with ways to support efforts to create a just workplace and society for Black people.
Identifying and Combating Racism
For companies that want to move out of discussions and into action
We will go over the ways racism may be impacting Black employees - hiring, retention and promotion - as well as Black consumers or clients. Participants will leave with clear actions to create a fair and comfortable workplace as well as ways to better support their Black consumers or clients.
Achieving Racial Justice
For companies committed to rooting out racism in their institution and society
Anti-Black racism is affects every facet of American life, for companies that understand that they have capacity to change more then just their own polices. In the vein of Ben & Jerry's or Patagonia. This class provides employees at all levels a guide on how to be a thriving company as well as a force for anti-racism.
RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY TRAINING
These trainings provide clarity on the highly misunderstood religion of Islam and the Muslims who follow the faith. We also expose Islamophobia, which is the unsupported fear of Islam and Muslims based on propaganda, power and racism.
Understanding Islam & Muslims
For organizations who want an overview of Islam and Muslims
A concise review of the faith and practices of the second largest religion in the world- Islam. Including learning the historical context to the fear and distrust that creates a rift between the West and Islam. We cover the link between racism and Islamophobia and how to challenge the lies that support it.
How to accommodate religious practice in your organization
All faith practices are protected at work, school or in public and government spaces. Organizations learn how to accommodate employees and customers religious practice to improve effectiveness. Employees will also gain greater understanding to their rights at work.
COACHING & STRATEGY
Leadership coaching and strategic planning for companies that understand their success will be amplified when they include and champion their Black and underrepresented talent.
YOUR VALUE IS YOU
Leadership Coaching and Training
For Black, Muslim and other Underrepresented Leaders
This coaching program is designed to prepare emerging leaders to stand in their power, ready to contribute and drive company success in a post-pandemic economy.
- 6 month training program for up to 20 underrepresented leaders
- 1.5 hour bi-weekly virtual leadership coaching sessions
- Sessions are interactive and personalized
- Focus is on improving performance and contributions
- Leaders have individual access to Zahra via voice messaging app
- Pre and post assessment documenting leaders development
- Bi -monthly check in with company contact to track progress
COMMITTED TO SEE
Inclusive Culture Strategy Planning and Implementation
For C-Suite and Upper Management
Strategic planning for management will develop and institutionalize a culture that respects, champions and supports the best work from all, including it's Black, Muslim and POC talent.
- 12 month commitment for up to 5 participants
- Company audit to understand needs and gaps
- Monthly 2 hour virtual workshop
- Strategic planning to institutionalize a welcoming and supportive culture for underrepresented employees.
- Set goals, monitor and track results, bi-annual assessment
- 3 hours of 1-1 sessions available to management per month
- Quarterly check in with company contact
I use training and coaching to not simply inform, but TRANSFORM. I focus on results and transformation of individuals and companies. My approach centers of four elements:
Now it is critical to be clear and upfront about the mistakes that have been made and the harm that has been caused. Acknowledging the pain begins the path to healing and sets the foundation for true change.
Direct, open honest conversations that addresses the issues of race, identity, religion, value and culture. We create a safe space where historic racism, gender bias and all phobic attitudes can be addressed head on.
Through activities, discussions and case studies I guide participants through the attitude and mindset shifts that are required to show up at work ready to share bold ideas and listen with an open heart.
Vision for the Future
True innovation, creativity and inclusion thrive when equity, justice and respect are established. Individuals, communities and workplaces thrive when we understand our history and appreciate our interdependence.
OUT & ABOUT
I am a speaker, writer, trainer and entrepreneur. I focus on faith, race, fashion and identity. These are a few selected press and speaking engagements.
Asked to submit my reflection one year after the 2017 Women's March on Washington.
Wrote alongside Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellow, and creator of the Pussyhat. My belief is that women's collective power is what allowed us to finally see accountability for sexual predators.
Won $50,000 prize at the 2016 BlogHer The Pitch competition.
Guest on Steve Blank's, entrepreneur-turned-educator and creator of the Lean Startup movement, radio show.
Steve Blank's show features founders sharing their experience of what it takes to build a startup. Hear how my husband and I met Steve, how we navigate our marriage and business, and more.
Good Experience Live (GEL) conference hosted by Mark Hurst, founder of Creative Good and author of Customers Included.
The Gel conference showcases "customer experience innovators" before they hit the mainstream. It was the first speaking platform for Marissa Mayer (CEO Yahoo!), Salman Khan (CEO Khan Academy), and Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia).
Interviewed for the cover of the Star Tribune Style section by Sally McGraw, journalist and blogger at AlreadyPretty.
The launch of Mode-sty which was spawned by the homogeneity of mainstream fashion.
Minnesota Public Radio is one of the nation's premier public radio organizations, operating a regional network of more than three dozen stations in Minnesota.
Hear how I was inspired by Nasty Gal and Sophia Amoruso to cater to and empower modest women.
Giant Steps is a conference for creative entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial creatives. Inspiration, connections, and practical topics for advancing your work.