Who is Nazeera
Nazeera is like you. Her life has been filled with challenges, victories, disappointments, happiness and struggles but just like you she bounces back. We live in America, a country of opportunity and freedom.
Dr. Nazeera Dawood is a leader that has lived her life creating healthier communities, economies and giving individuals the knowledge to believe in their personal power to pursue all of their professional and personal ambitions. She came from a family background where the pursuit of knowledge and education was highly valued. Ironically, in her orthodox community, women and higher education were not compatible and did not go together. Women in her community have always been told that females belong in the kitchen cooking, cleaning and serving others. Her mother, who had not studied past the 5th grade, would always give her the inspiration and the motivation to study further.
On days when she would stay up late studying, her mother and father’s words would resonate in her mind. Throughout the day, her mother would reiterate the fact that education is very important for upward mobility and giving back to others in the community is essential to a balanced life. As a child, she entered and won many Oratorical Contests. After winning many speech contests, she was known as an exceptional public speaker. As a result of her mother and father’s influence, Nazeera Dawood has shared her knowledge in many national seminars and training sessions. None of these achievements came without a challenge. She was one of the first women in her family to attend professional college and receive several advanced degrees.