Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
A Global Voice for Autism is my first entrepreneurial initiative and I have led the organization since its founding, through two programs in Jenin and Ramallah and now, into its expansion and scaling to additional communities and private services. As a side-project, I also recently co-founded Roots for Refugees with my Syrian friend Ola, to bring companionship and long-term advocacy to vulnerable Syrian families in northern Jordan. With this organization, I am securing partnerships with large NGOs in the region who I have worked with as a freelance refugee advocate in the past in order to streamline the process and ensure that resources reach the families that need them the most, while Ola recruits Syrian companion advocates who will provide support to families as they rebuild their lives after fleeing their homes. Through this project, I am securing partnerships with the Norwegian Refugee Council, a hospital in Irbid and local charitable societies. My familiarity with the region and time spent in Jordan and Palestine has allowed me to develop trust in the communities with whom I work which is instrumental for the expansion of A Global Voice for Autism. Furthermore, my experience navigating a difficult partnership during A Global Voice for Autism's first program in Jenin (when a grant was stolen by an employee of our partner organization for his personal use) has taught me to put systems in place that ensure that our resources are directed toward families as intended. In this situation, I learned to adjust to unforeseen circumstances and work with my team to achieve the measured and desired objectives of our program.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Eric Glustrom-President of Watson University
George Deriso-CU professor, former Apple employee and Watson University preceptor
Michael Williams-President at Mosaic International and former Watson University preceptor
Gayle Nosal-President of the Red Empress Foundation
Angela Thiemann Dino-Cultural anthropologist and former board member at Amnesty International
The Resolution Project
Morgan Mandigo and Katie Naeve (Resolution Guides)
Kausheek Nandy-mentor from Boehringer-Ingelheim
Joanne Lawrence-Hult Business School Professor
Minnesota Department of Human Services