Confessions of Successful Asian Women

41 EpisodesProduced by Aliya Janjua

Confessions of Successful Asian Women is a platform for women to Connect, Share and Inspire through conversation. Join me every month as I interview successful Asian women who are climbing the ladder of success.

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COSAW 037: How Sukhi's brought Indian food to mainstream America from Wholefoods to Costco

August 15th, 2018

21:43

Sukhi Singh is the founder of the multi-million dollar Indian food company, Sukhi’s. Sukhi is responsible for bringing Indian food to mainstream …

COSAW 036: How Tia Bhuva Launched a Successful Business Helping South Asian Women Reconnect with the Sari

June 7th, 2018

20:40

Optimist. Dreamer. South Asian Fashion Game Changer. Tia Bhuva created the Cancan skirt and Saree Silhouette to wear under the traditional 6 yard saree. Tia gained influence among South Asian women when her tutorials on …

COSAW 035: How Tech VP of People Mai Ton Made The Best Investment In Her Career

April 9th, 2018

18:25

Mai Ton brings over 15 years of experience to her role as VP of People for tech companies.

Mai transformed companies into helping them become "Great …

COSAW 034: How Yasmine Khan brings human faces and human stories to inform product design

March 8th, 2018

23:02

Yasmine Khan leads Design Research at Credit Karma in San Francisco where she brings the financial journeys of real people from diverse backgrounds into the workplace. She is a budding stand up comic. In 2014, Yasmine …

COSAW 033: How engineer Nancy Hoque holds her own in the masculine field of engineering

February 6th, 2018

15:09

Nancy Hoque is a multipotentialite, as she is a woman of many different interests and creative pursuits in life. Nancy was a solutions engineer, …

COSAW 032: How Modest Fashion Blogger Minara Rahman Gives A Voice to Women of All Shapes and Sizes

January 3rd, 2018

16:11

Minara Rahman is the founder of Hijabi Life, a Muslim lifestyle blog about being Muslim in America, food, fashion, beauty, and parenting. As a Muslim American in social media, she felt a void of Muslim lifestyle blogs …

COSAW 031: How Dian Alyan found a divine purpose after losing 40 family members in the 2004 tsunami

December 5th, 2017

36:34

Dian Alyan started her career as an engineer for the leading multinational company, Proctor Gamble.  On December 26, 2004, the tsunami devastated …

COSAW 030: How Iranian-American Muslim Comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh uses her talents to change hearts and minds

November 8th, 2017

37:41

Zahra Noorbakhsh is a Feminist Muslim, Iranian-American comedian and the cohost of the award winning podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. She has her own one woman standup show and she was a contributor to the NY Times …

COSAW 029: How Haute Hijab CEO Melanie Elturk built the fastest growing modest fashion brand

October 24th, 2017

43:09

Melanie Elturk made the hijab (Muslim head scarf) mainstream through her modest fashion brand, Haute Hijab.  She launched the company in 2010 and since then, it’s the fastest growing modest fashion line with close to …

COSAW 028: How Zahra Billoo fights for the civil rights of American Muslims and the marginalized

September 6th, 2017

39:56

Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American‐Islamic Relations (CAIR‐SFBA). Zahra is a leading voice on the civil rights of American …

COSAW 027: How Sandhya Patel Became A Meteorologist For ABC7 News

August 7th, 2017

42:10

Twenty four years ago, Sandhya Patel broke into one of the toughest industries as a minority woman. Sandhya Patel changed the face of meteorology as …

COSAW 026: How Nafisa Bakkar of Amaliah Helps Muslim Women Look And Feel Good

July 5th, 2017

37:09

Nafisa Bakkar and her sister, Selina, launched Amaliah from their mother's kitchen table in 2015 as an Instagram page to curate Muslim-friendly clothes from top brands.

Since then, that page has grown into an online …

COSAW 025: How Dr. Sonia Patel Learned To Figure Herself Out Through Rap and Writing

June 1st, 2017

40:32

Dr. Sonia Patel practices psychiatry in Honolulu and is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novel, “Rani Patel in Full Effect”.  She …

COSAW 024: How Saba Gul Empowers Global Women Through Connecting Their Stories to Products

May 2nd, 2017

39:01

Listen to Popinjay’s CEO Saba Gul, who started out from MIT in a career in engineering and is now making a global social impact through connecting …

COSAW 023: How Dr. Kimberly Chang Is Combatting Human Trafficking of Young Asian Girls

March 7th, 2017

41:38

Dr. Kimberly Chang is an activist family doctor who has been leading the way for policy change to prevent human trafficking and provide better health …

COSAW 022: How TechWomen Transformed Two Women’s Lives

January 26th, 2017

27:46

Join me for this special episode of Confessions of Successful Asian Women. Mentoring is my confession for success.  Hear directly from two global …

COSAW 021: How Dr. Shinkai Hakimi’s Life Plans Changed From A Planned Surfing Trip

January 10th, 2017

56:36

A surfing trip that became a mission to help refugees in Lesvos, Greece, listen to the heartwarming story of Dr. Shinkai Hakimi.  A firm believer in the power of education for all, Dr. Hakimi, a native of Afghanistan …

COSAW020 Part 3: How Hosai Mojaddidi Learned to Become Vulnerable After A Life Changing Trip

December 22nd, 2016

20:22

Hosai Mojaddidi is the co-Founder of www.mentalhealth4muslims.com where she advocates for and writes about various mental health related topics tailored for Muslims. She has served the American-Muslim community for …

COSAW 020 Part 2: How Hosai Mojaddidi Explains the Significance of the Hijab in Islam and the Essence of Islam

December 22nd, 2016

17:52

Hosai Mojaddidi is the co-Founder of www.mentalhealth4muslims.com where she advocates for and writes about various mental health related topics tailored for Muslims. She has served the American-Muslim community for …

COSAW 020 Part 1: How Hosai Mojaddidi Became A Muslim Spiritual Advisor And Found Her Calling

December 22nd, 2016

18:18

Hosai Mojaddidi is the co-Founder of www.mentalhealth4muslims.com where she advocates for and writes about various mental health related topics tailored for Muslims. She has served the American-Muslim community for …

COSAW 020 Full Episode: How Hosai Mojaddidi Became A Muslim Spiritual Advisor To Her Community

December 22nd, 2016

53:04

Hosai Mojaddidi is the co-Founder of www.mentalhealth4muslims.com where she advocates for and writes about various mental health related topics tailored for Muslims. She has served the American-Muslim community for …

COSAW 019: How Farah Yasmeen Shaikh Builds Bridges And Performs Storytelling Through Dance

October 27th, 2016

46:49

A rising name in the world of dance, known for her powerful and evocative storytelling, technical precision, delicacy, and grace, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh

COSAW 018: How Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla Made A Career Pivot and Made It Her Mission To Preserve Oral Histories

September 14th, 2016

33:01

Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla is a physicist turned founder of the 1947 Partition Archive.   After a 2008 visit to the oral testimony archives at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial she was inspired and began interviewing Partition …

COSAW 017: How Dr. Amita Roy Shah Is Empowering Parents To Invest In Their Children’s Cultural Wellbeing

August 21st, 2016

36:33

Dr. Amita Roy Shah is an author, educator and thought leader.  Amita made it her life’s mission to empower parents to invest in the cultural …

COSAW 016: How Sheba Najmi Is Creating Social Impact Through Civic Technology

August 1st, 2016

35:49

Sheba Najmi’s mission in life is to create social impact through technology and design in order to change the way people interact with their …

COSAW 016: How Sheba Najmi Is Creating Social Impact Through Civic Technology

July 21st, 2016

36:01

Sheba Najmi’s mission in life is to create social impact through technology and design in order to change the way people interact with their …

COSAW 015: How Jane Bolander Is Running A Sports PR Firm And Battling Leukemia

July 1st, 2016

32:31

Jane Bolander broker barriers as one of the first Asian women to enter the sports public relations industry when she founded her own firm, JSY Public …

COSAW 014: How Farheen Umar Is Creating Documentaries To Clear Misrepresentations and Show Reality

June 13th, 2016

38:31

Farheen Umar is a documentary producer/director with works that have broadcast on PBS and international television.  Farheen’s first documentary, “Women of Islam-Veiling and Seclusion” sets the record straight on Muslim …

COSAW 013: How Ching Valdezco helps you get out of your head and develop executive presence

June 3rd, 2016

38:16

Ching Valdezco helps professionals present, communicate, and influence more effectively.  She had a long standing career working in global companies, which started in the Philippines and ended in the US.  Fifteen years …

COSAW 012: How Arezoo Riahi Takes Care of Herself and Helps Global Women Be The Best Version of Themselves

May 25th, 2016

53:22

Arezoo Riahi serves as Director of TechWomen, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State implemented by IIE, which bring together emerging women …

COSAW 011: How Myra Nawabi Went From Being A Former Refugee To Doing Rocket Science For A Living

May 18th, 2016

59:53

Myra Nawabi is a Senior Project Engineer with LockHeed Space Systems, a Mentor to several women in tech organizations, and a facilitator of the largest Lean In circles in CA.

As a former refugee from Afghanistan, she …

COSAW 010: How Shradha Balakrishnan Landed As An Asian In An Asian Country And Traveled To 50 Countries

May 10th, 2016

53:41

Shradha Balakrishnan spent 6+ years studying and working in Japan before moving to the US.  Shradha managed technology-driven social impact programs …

COSAW 009: How Michelle Nicole Ng Became A Craftswoman With Her Passion

May 4th, 2016

54:49

Michelle Nicole Ng is the owner and photographer for Michelle Nicole Photography.  Find out how Michelle's passion followed her and the journey she …

COSAW 008: How Joy Lin Helps You Become The Person You Didn’t Think You Could Be

April 26th, 2016

52:42

Joy Lin is a Music Industry professional and Career Strategist. She made a commitment to build a purposeful personal and professional path. She …

COSAW 007: How Shalu Saluja Practices Letting It Go

April 19th, 2016

33:23

Shalu Saluja is a mother, wife, and General Counsel.  Shalu is a doer, go getter and a lifelong learner.  She defines success as having a happy, well balanced family and a purpose- which is doing positive things and …

COSAW 006: How Heather Donnell Follows Her Passions Wisely and Responsibly

April 12th, 2016

42:32

Born in South Korea and adopted by Caucasian parents from the Midwest, Heather Donnell is a woman of many possibilities.  She is a technical writer in her day job, filmmaker in the rest of her life and a yoga instructor …

COSAW 005: How Salehah Janjua Takes Risks To Pursue Lifetime Opportunities

April 5th, 2016

36:37

Salehah Hassan Janjua is one of the first technical recruiters in the Seattle Facebook office. I am thrilled to share Salehah’s story in how she lives by the Facebook motto “fail harder” and uses rejection as a learning …

COSAW 004: How Minal Mehta Shares Her Joy Of Fitness To Build A Vibrant Community

March 29th, 2016

43:34

Minal Mehta is the Co-Founder and President of BollyX and her mission is to empower people who have a passion for dance and fitness, to build a …

COSAW 003: How Tehniat Cheema Stands Up For Her Beliefs and Challenges Cultural Norms

March 22nd, 2016

43:35

This podcast is about how Tehniat Cheema stands up for her beliefs and chose a career path that is not sought out by Asian parents.  Tehniat is a trail blazer in her community who is sowing the seeds for a confident and …

COSAW 002: How Spojmie Nasiri Is Helping Others Find A New Life

March 15th, 2016

59:43

Spojmie Nasiri is a former Afghan refugee turned Principal Immigration Attorney who is helping make a difference in people’s lives.  Spojmie took her own personal struggle as a refugee from Afghanistan and made it her …

COSAW 001: How Masuma Mansuri Is Empowering Girls Through Fashion

February 28th, 2016

38:45

 

Episode 1 features Masuma Mansuri who is the Founder and Creative Director at Pink BANOO. Masuma launched her South Asian women’s clothing brand benefiting girls’ education in need in May 2014.  Find out from this …

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