CAMP @ ISNA Panel - The Leadership Mindset

Date: Sep 2, 2012 11:30:00 to 13:00
Location: 801 Mt Vernon Pl Nw, Washington, DC

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The Leadership Mindset

Leadership is not a label, it is a mindset. Good leaders are role models who inspire others to follow them. They are willing to act even in small ways to affect change. But who and what motivates and guides leaders? How do they overcome challenges? And how do leaders continue to grow while maintaining their focus? This panel developed by CAMP (Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals) will discuss leadership and the leadership mindset at three levels - individual, organizational and community. Our accomplished panelists will share tips, experiences and lessons learned.


Zeba Iqbal was Executive Director of CAMP National ( 2010 and 2011. She was Deputy Executive Director between 2007 and 2009; and the Conference Manager for CAMP's Leadership Summit in 2008, 2009 and 2011. She is currently working to establish CAMP's Board of Directors. Professionally, Zeba has over 14 years experience in real estate development and strategic consulting. She currently works for Princeton University managing their off-campus residential real estate development portfolio. Prior to Princeton, she was with Ernst and Young. She has an MBA from The George Washington University, and an undergraduate degree in architecture from Bangalore, India. Zeba is a 2009-10 Fellow of USC CRCC's American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) and a board member of the newly formed National Muslim Democratic Council.


Umair Khan is the Director of Product Strategy at 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.

Shireen Zaman is the Executive Director at ISPU, where she is focused on expanding the organization’s impact and visibility in the policy community and on the development of new partnerships. Shireen comes to ISPU from Vital Voices Global Partnership, a leading women’s leadership organization, where she was the Director for the Middle East and North Africa. She has worked with the Office of Iraq Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State where she focused on political and civil society development. Shireen completed her M.A. at the School of International Service at American University, where she focused on public diplomacy and U.S. relations with the Muslim world.

Salim Patel is serving his fourth year on the Passaic Board of Education. Professionally, he works in corporate finance for a major retailer which keeps him up to date on business perspectives and in touch with numerous initiatives for the students he serves. On the Board of Education, he now serves as the President alongside 8 other commissioners to oversee a $200 million budget and the 9th largest school district in New Jersey. He is involved with the implementation of a district wide school uniform policy to help alleviate issues of bullying, peer pressure and gang activity. His future goals include establishing relationships with corporations to set up endowments, as well as identifying key federal and state grants for the school system. Salim is a 2010-11 Fellow of USC CRCC's American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) and is the founder of Smile, a non-profit focused on social services including food pantries, health clinics and senior care at his local mosque.

Ibtihaj Muhammad is a member of the United States Fencing Team. She is the first Muslim woman to represent the United States in international competition. Muhammad began fencing sabre at the age of 17. She quickly developed in the weapon, receiving a scholarship from the prestigious Duke University where she was a 3-time All American and Junior Olympic Champion. After graduating from Duke with an International Relations and African Studies double major, Muhammad decided to pursue fencing full time. She is currently ranked 3rd in the U.S. and has ranked as high as number 11 in the world. Muhammad's career highlights include 2-time Senior World Medalist, 2-time USA National Champion, 2011 Pan American Games Champion, and 4-time world cup finalist. In June of 2012, Muhammad was called upon by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to serve on the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports. As a sports ambassador, Muhammad will engage audiences in the United States and overseas to elevate the global conversation on sports as a means of empowerment.

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