Dr. Nina Ahmad is a first-generation American scientist with a doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a postdoctoral fellowship from Thomas Jefferson University. As a former deputy mayor, she established the Department of Public Engagement for the City of Philadelphia. She is the co-founder of JNA Capital, Inc., a community development and finance company. Dr. Ahmad was appointed by President Obama to his Advisory Commission on AAPI, and is the president of the Pennsylvania National Organization for Women and the Health Committee chair of the Philadelphia NAACP.
Who is a woman that inspires you?
Harriet Tubman, who not only escaped enslavement, but risked her life to free others and was an activist for women’s suffrage.
What do you think needs to be done to level the playing field for women in the workplace?
Abolish the gender wage gap, end gender based violence, and institute family friendly workplaces.
What are some challenges you have faced as a woman in the workplace/in general?
Being marginalized as a brown woman, my ideas being overlooked, and being expected to fit in stereotypes assigned by others.
What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders?
Believe in yourself, be authentic, and have a network of support that you trust and that will give you constructive criticism. Most importantly, be kind to yourself!