Co-founder and Executive DirectorCompany: Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE)
Role: Session Presenter Session: The Power of Media to Tell Diverse Stories: Serving Cultural Communities through Animation, Live Action Video Shorts, and Documentary Storytelling (S4-J)
Nausheena Hussain is the co-founder and executive director of RISE—Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment—a new platform to empower women in her community. She demonstrates her dedication to leadership development, increasing community engagement, and creating a philanthropic legacy for change through her numerous and impressive civic and social engagements, including serving as the deputy director for the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights advocacy group, from 2011 to 2015.
Nausheena is a social justice activist here to amplify the voice and power of Muslim sisters. She is creating gender equity through sisterhood, storytelling, and public policy. She is currently a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow and graduated from the University of Minnesota cum laude in 2003 with her MBA in marketing and healthcare administration. Married, with two teenagers, Nausheena lives in Brooklyn Park, Minn.