Mahnaz Shabbir inspires communities to embrace diversity so that they infuse inclusion proactively
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Mahnaz Shabbir embraces her faith, her country and hope in our humanity. After becoming increasingly vocal in the Midwest in teaching Americans about Islam and encouraging inclusion and peace, Mahnaz left her job to become a full-time activist.
A former vice-president for a Catholic-sponsored healthcare system, MBA graduate, journalist, mother of four...Mahnaz, born in Philadelphia and whose family immigrated from India, got “in touch” with her Muslim heritage when she was given the assignment at a seminar to write about a moment that made her stop putting her hand up. She poured her heart into the essay. “I wrote the first line,” I am an American-Muslim woman, and then covered it all. When I read the story aloud, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. It was then that I found my voice. I am a Muslim and a I am a communicator." Today, Mahnaz is a nationally-known educator for government agencies, not for profits, school districts, law enforcement agencies, universities-giving over 250 presentations nationwide.
Mahnaz Shabbir is president of Shabbir Advisors, an integrated strategic management consulting company focusing on planning, marketing, diversity transformation and education on a national and international basis. During the last eighteen years, Mahnaz has given over 250 lectures, locally, nationally and internationally to organizations interested in knowing more about diversity issues. She has been the subject of dozens of articles, both locally and nationally. She has been a lecturer at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and Fort Belvoir, VA. She is now an adjunct at Avila University teaching “Diversity in the Workplace". She also works with the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Services as an expert in training law enforcement. Mahnaz is a member of the Overland Park Citizens Advisory Council Racial Profiling and Non-Biased Policing Board. She serves as an advisory board member for the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council and the Crescent Peace Society. Her work has been featured nationally in an A&E Documentary (2018) about communities recovering from hate crimes.
Prior to forming her own company, Mahnaz was the Vice President for Strategic Planning and Business Development at Carondelet Health, a Catholic health care system in Kansas City. She had been with the organization for over 18 years. In this capacity, Shabbir planned $40 million projects like the four-story medical mall at Saint Joseph Health Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in business administration from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. Mahnaz is very involved in community activities. She was on the steering committee for the 2017 Women’s March in Kansas City. Mahnaz was a board member of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, Boy Scouts of America, Truman Medical Center Board, CRES (Center for Religious Educational Studies), University of Missouri-Kansas City Women’s Center Board, and University of Kansas Medical Center Advancement Board She is also the past president of the Heartland Muslim Council and past board member of the Crescent Peace Society. In 2005, then Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius appointed Shabbir Mahnaz to the REACH Health Care Foundation Community Advisory Committee, a $100 million foundation. She was also on the faculty at Park University teaching in the Master of Health Care Leadership Program and Baker University. Family Circle and Entrepreneur magazines and other local and regional media outlets.