What inspired you to create The Now Exchange:
My co-founder and I have spent years thinking about - and working within - the intersections of development, global health and entrepreneurship. The Now Exchange embodies a lot of these reflections, our journeys as women (mine as a Bangladeshi-American), and the interconnections of people around the world. In this case, we're particularly focused on Bangladeshi women who fuel the global garment industry but often face limited choices and opportunities when it comes to their health, income, families, and other critical facets of life.
You were chosen to be on ProMazo’s list of Most Interesting Students for a reason. Do you have any advice for other students hoping to create their own success:
Collaborate! Look to your peers, professors, former colleagues, and family members for their input. It can be daunting to create something from scratch in the confines of your head, but it will start feeling more "real" when you vocalize your thoughts and start getting some feedback. It also helps to have partners and cheerleaders on your journey who can provide support in often surprising ways - perhaps someone helpful in their network, the knowledge of what works (or doesn't), or even just someone to talk to when things get difficult.
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” - Audre Lorde
Biggest role models or inspirations:
My family (husband, parents, brother) and the many strong women who form my peer/mentor/friend networks.
I love to host impromptu "Chopped"-style cooking competitions with friends and family.
Cooking and playing guitar.
I'm not fixed on any specific career path. While that can be daunting at times, it also gives me flexibility to continue working on projects and with people that I feel are working towards building happier, healthier communities.