What you will learn:

We all hold within us the capacity to be involved, and to lead – and we do not have the time to wait to be asked to do so. In this Elective, Bushra addresses the stigma that leadership is something thought of as larger than ourselves, helping participants find their own voice.

When Bushra chose to run for office at barely 19 years old, empowering youth voice was a foreign concept. In this session you will hear from Bushra about tangible ways one can become an “everyday leader” and influence their own networks. She will share her lessons learned as a young person breaking into politics, rooted around mentorship, networking and not being afraid to ask for things.

About the instructor:

Bushra Amiwala is a media icon, activist, dynamic speaker, and the youngest Muslim elected official in the United States.  

At the age of 19, Bushra announced her candidacy for the Cook County Board of Commissioners, with the goal to serve  as a voice for her underrepresented generation and other marginalized communities. Her campaign has been covered nationally by outlets such as Bloomberg, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, and landing her on the cover of TIME magazine. Bushra recently went down in the Chicago History Museum as the Youngest Muslim Elected in the United States.  

Her leadership has extended far beyond her campaign as she’s inspired countless others to increase their civic participation. As a result, she’s been named Glamour magazine’s College Woman of the Year, Seventeen magazine’s Voice of the Year, and internationally as CosmoGirl’s Change Maker of the Year. Bushra was awarded the Public Peace Ambassador award sponsored by the United Nations, and has been named as one of the 18 people to remember from 2018.  

In addition to these awards, Bushra is the subject of an original PBS documentary called And She Could be Next, the female candidate on Amazon’s RUN the Series, has just debuted in a Hulu documentary called Our America: Women Forward, and she has made hundreds of TV and radio appearances, including outlets such as Fox, CBS, NPR, ABC, and PBS.    

Bushra has spoken at countless colleges and universities, organizations and international companies, with live audiences ranging from 25 to 15,000 people. She is a recent graduate from DePaul University and serves on the Board of Directors of the Indo-American Democratic Organization (IADO), GenerationVote, Women Empowering Women in Illinois Legislation (WeWill) and SheVotesIL. She holds her elected seat on the Skokie Board of Education, as its youngest member, is a candidate at Kellogg, Northwestern School of Management pursuing her MBA part-time and continues to work as a Solutions Consultant at Google.
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Suggested Length:60 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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