Born in Bangladesh, Shahmeen is the second of three sisters raised by a civil engineer father and schoolteacher mother. Family and community are extremely important to her. She and husband, Sheelpi, an accountant with Yum Brands, moved to the Dallas area so they could be closer to family.
Her career is in the financial services industry. After graduating from the State University of New York Albany with a degree in Economics, Shahmeen started her first job in San Diego as a banker, eventually serving as branch manager. Her career path led to positions serving high-net-worth clients, she's currently with a boutique investment planning team based in Dallas, Texas that oversees the financial affairs for a select group of families.
When she’s not playing with her toddler Ilan or taking her seven-year-old son Arman to swimming and soccer practice, she loves to practice yoga. “When I think back to my life as a young girl and see what the American Dream has afforded my family,” says Shahmeen. “I feel very blessed and grateful.”
Her passion is in public service; active in her community, Shahmeen takes the time to give back to her city, serving as the chair of the City of Allen Library Board and a Board of Trustee for the Allen Park’s Foundation. She believes in treating everyone with compassion regardless of their views and opinions, she co-founded the non-profit Collin County Diversity Council, through which she increases awareness and understanding in her community.
The world is becoming increasingly diverse and includes people of many religions, languages, economics groups and cultures. Diversity is not defined just by race or gender. It encompasses the whole human experience — age, culture, education, skills, life stories.
My goal is to help build bridges of understanding between different communities.
What is Diversity & Inclusion Training?
Diversity and inclusion training uses the unique experiences of real people to explore key concepts such as identity, power, privilege, and communication. By gaining a better appreciation for our shared experiences of difference, our shared expectations of respect, and our shared need to belong and feel appreciated.
Why It’s Important
Research shows that organizations that unleash the potential of diverse talent innovate faster and see better business results. It starts by attracting proven talent with diverse perspectives, experiences, and contributions—then building and nurturing an environment where everyone can do their best work. We operate with a capacity-building mindset, based on the premise that all employees have the ability to grow, learn, and develop.Reducing bias and barriers to development significantly expands any employee’s productivity and level of contribution. Clearly, diversity and inclusion should be embedded within all of an organization’s policies, practices, and training.
The goal of diversity training is to build bridges of understanding in our society. To understand that even if there are differences amongst the team members that they are working with, a little adjustment in one’s attitude will make for an extraordinary team. To make them not only tolerant of the differences that they see around them, but to value those differences as a part of successful teams.
This type of training deals with making employees aware of the importance of diversity in business. It also makes employees aware of their prejudices and cultural assumptions about others. The training uses case studies and experiential exercises as the method of training implementation.
Skill Based Training
This deals with developing employees’ proficiency in handling diversity in the workplace environment . Various tools are used to take the groups from the awareness to the proficiency stage. The tools used help in improving interpretation of cross-cultural differences, communication with people from different cultures, and adaptability.
Diversity training may be conducted as lectures , slideshows, or role plays. All these methods have their own benefits. But, each method contributes to the awareness in its own way.
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Denise has a passion for celebrating the diversity of our multicultural community. This passion led to her co-founding the Collin County Diversity Council (CCDC) where she serves as President. CCDC is one of the only non-profit organizations whose sole purpose is to teach cultural competence, with a mission to Champion the Positive Power of Diversity Across Collin County. CCDC develops programs, platforms, workshops, and systems which build bridges of understanding across cultures, genders, ethnicity, religions, sexual orientations, disabilities, and socio-economic classes. www.ccDiversityCouncil.org
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