Khan Foundation: Women In Leadership – Bridging Gaps

Queens, NY – January 9, 2014 – Khan Foundation (KF), a start-up organization serving minority students in the outer boroughs of NYC, recently held its first Women in Leadership event this past Thursday. KF hosted 3-hour open forum where women discussed gender identity and leadership goals.

“One of our main objectives at Khan Foundation is to help women pursue careers in fields that are typically male dominated. We can help women overcome social barriers by providing educational resources and raising awareness about gender issues,” said Ms. Odreka Ahmed, Branch Director of KT Sutphin.     

The talk was lead by KF’s project consultant, Nadila Yusuf. Beyond discussing gender issues, participants of the event were engaged in several activities that provided a platform to openly discuss how relative concepts such as “leadership” and “success” are. 

"It was interesting seeing how our views, our stories, and our experiences differed as different women with different cultural and educational backgrounds. It was an experience that taught me a great deal about what it means for me to be a woman in today's society,” said Emily Liang, Brooklyn.

“After tonight’s successful event, the senior team is now planning to provide these talks regularly for all of NYC’s motivated young women,” said Paulina Baltazar, KF’s Director of Marketing. 

Khan Foundation is an organization that strives to enrich the lives of low-income youth and rising professionals through college and career readiness. Khan Foundation works to achieve social equality for low-income communities through education, increased awareness of leadership opportunities and community empowerment.