Harnessing the Power of Storytelling to Embolden Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives in Corporate Culture

Ahmed Flex Omar, Emil Aldaddah, Andrew McDonald

Everyone has a story.

Sharing our personal stories and histories is a unique way for people to share, learn, heal, and grow together through the celebration and acknowledgement of heritage, culture, and beyond. Right now, we are living through a moment that demands growth, healing, education, and sharing as we reckon with racism, discrimination, and other forms of inequity plaguing our society.

Prioritizing diversity and inclusion has never been a more prevalent need, nor a more complex and challenging task. This task has proven to be particularly difficult for corporate leaders in the…


Ahmed Flex Omar

Today is Juneteenth, a day which commemorates the formal end of slavery in the United States, a day in which we celebrate freedom. But I do not feel free. True, I am free of shackles, but I look around and find that my culture, my history, and my selfhood remain in bondage.

I’ve been told I am a lot of different things during the past few weeks: angry, emotional, reactive, confrontational…the list goes on. …


January 28, 2021

Leena Zahra, Ahmed Flex Omar, Andrew McDonald (Editor)

You’ve seen and used the expression “we are living in unprecedented times” as the opening remarks throughout your email inbox. And we truly are. According to CNN, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has said that COVID-19 is a humanitarian disaster, with current cases in the US having reached nearly 25 million with over 400,000 deaths and counting. …

MALA: Muslim American Leadership Alliance

MALA is an Arts and Culture nonprofit dedicated to the celebration of heritage and cultural identity through storytelling, mentorship, and community building.

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