Spurred by 9/11, this entrepreneur
helps workplaces embrace diversity.
Entrepreneur magazine -
Mahnaz Shabbir was horrified by
the terrorist attacks of 9/11. And as an American Muslim,
she was saddened when some Muslims became victims of
discrimination at work. So in 2003, Shabbir, 46, quit her
job with a large
system to open Overland Park, Kansas-based
Shabbir Advisors, a
consulting firm whose main goal is ensuring that U.S.
workers understand that tolerance and
diversity are about more than skin color.
Shabbir conducts seminars and
also does strategic and marketing planning for corporate
clients, including universities, health-care systems and the
military Command & General Staff College at Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas. "There's a lot of misinformation about
other religions and cultures," she says. She projects her
sales to double in 2005.
Shabbir's next projects include
co-authoring a book about interfaith relationships and
producing a documentary to promote peace and tolerance.