Social Entrepreneurship: Business That Drives Both Profit and Purpose
As a twenty-two-year-old who has done work as an influencer, as a social entrepreneur, and as an advocate — Ziad is uniquely positioned to speak on the vital intersection of social media, social good, and social justice. Ziad has gone viral for pushing the envelope with his politics, and he is no stranger to working with brands/audiences to grapple with our changing tomorrow. He can talk about how folks are using social media differently (what a finsta is/why it matters), how society is pushing for purpose-driven business (not just regarding cute campaigns, but in terms of what real engagement looks like), and how his generation is the generation of memes/movements that is fundamentally changing everything. Ziad understands the intersection of technology, business, social justice, corporate social responsibility, and marketing — and he’s always happy to talk about how we approach the crossroads with power/purpose.
Generation Z: The Leaders of Today
A crash course into who Generation Z is, how the cohort is distinct from Millennials, and why that matters. There is a lot of discourse around “young people,” and Ziad speaks on the importance of talking directly to your audience, the nuance of his generation, and the implications of a changing world. Ziad speaks regularly to major companies to help them better understand the next generation of consumers — and he underscores his own story as the CEO/Founder of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z consultancy that is disrupting the marketplace. Generation Z are not the leaders of tomorrow, but rather are the leaders of today — and Ziad speaks often on why that is/motivates audiences with his anecdotes/passion on the topic.
The Intersection of Social Media, Social Good, and Social Justice
As a twenty-year-old who has done work as an influencer, as a social entrepreneur, and as an activist — Ziad is uniquely positioned to speak on the vital intersection of social media, social good, and social justice. Ziad has gone viral for pushing the envelope with his politics, and he is no stranger to working with brands/audiences to grapple with our changing tomorrow. He can talk about how folks are using social media differently (what a finsta is/why it matters), how society is pushing for purpose-driven business (not just regarding cute campaigns, but in terms of what real engagement looks like), and how his generation is the generation of memes/movements that is fundamentally changing everything. Ziad understands the intersection of technology, business, social justice, corporate social responsibility, and marketing — and he’s always happy to talk about how we approach the crossroads with power/purpose.
Age Does Not Limit Activism
Ziad started a non-profit when he was in eighth grade, and it is his goal to talk to as many young folks as possible about the importance of taking action right now. It is too often the case that young people are told that the time to act is later, but Ziad breaks that down with stories of his peers, with the reality of the issues that we are grappling with, and with actionable steps that folks can take to get started. He also shares his own story with starting a non-profit in eighth grade, with starting a company as a teenager, with working with politicians as a young person, with using social media to be heard, with building capacity with thousands of others young people, with being inspired by his peers, and with growing every day. He tells his personal story of how we got to where he is today — with the hiccups, humor, and heart that comes along the way. Ziad has also done a lot of work specifically in terms of youth voter engagement, and he talks extensively about how/why young folks need to get civically engaged to make tomorrow better. He is a motivational speaker that leads sessions/workshops to provoke folks to action because our age (or anything else) should never limit our activism — we all have voices that need to be heard, and Ziad champions that.
Thriving Through Turbulence: American-Muslim Today
It is complicated to grow Muslim in America today, and Ziad has been very outspoken about his identity as an American-Muslim since he was around thirteen. He has a unique journey about facing Islamophobia, learning from American-Muslim leaders, and finding strength in his truth. The reality is most folks know very little about Muslims, and so Ziad hopes to use his voice to speak on the beauty, nuance, and reality of his community wherever possible. Ziad talks about his family, his personal development, and his unapologetic confidence in his American-Muslim identity. Ziad is American, Ziad is Muslim, Ziad is American-Muslim — there is nothing contradictory about his identity, and he will never tire of saying that.
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Ziad Ahmed (he/him/his) is a 22-year-old who recently graduated from yale University. He is an American-Muslim-Bangladeshi speaker.
He is the CEO/Co-Founder of JUV Consulting (www.juvconsulting.com), a purpose-driven Generation Z community that works with clients to help them reach young people. The company has worked with over 20 Fortune 500 companies, has been profiled by the New York Times, and has established full-time offices. As a result of JUV, Ziad was named to the 2019 Forbes #30Under30 list at 19-years-old. Ziad started the company in 2016 (while in high school), and JUV has kept growing since as people continue to wake up to the power of young people.
Ziad also founded a non-profit, redefy (www.redefy.org), committed to furthering equality in 2013. Redefy has reached hundreds of thousands of young people digitally, has established chapters in 10+ countries around the world, and has been honored as a part of the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Through Redefy, Ziad has been recognized as a 2017 Global Teen Leader, a High School Trailblazer by MTV, and a Top 15 Young Prodigy Changing the World by Business Insider.
Ziad has also done significant work in progressive politics — having worked for the US Department of State, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign, Martin O’Malley’s 2016 Campaign, and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. He has also been a leader/advisor for Women’s March Youth Empower, Yara Shahidi’s EighteenX18, and various other campaigns/movements that focus on igniting young people to get more civically engaged.
Additionally, he has given four TEDxTalks, has spoken at forums such as the Council on Foreign Relations, has commentated for networks such as CNN, has written for publications such as Teen Vogue, and serves on boards such as the Marketing Advisory Board for DoSomething.org. He tries to use his voice wherever helpful to push the envelope — and tries to pass the mic as often as possible.
He has been personally commended by President Barack Obama for his work, and has had the honor of being invited to the Obama White House three times.
Overwhelmingly though, Ziad is just your average young person grappling with identity, struggling to balance it all, pursuing his passions, and spending way too much time on Instagram (@ziadahmed).
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Talking Feds Podcast Hosts Special Gen Z Episode with Ziad AhmedCelebrated political podcast Talking Feds recently hosted a special bonus Young Voters episode, featuring prominent up-and-comers Bianca Vivion Brooks, Victor Shi, Xiye Bastida and Ziad Ahmed discussing major election issues,…
Ziad Ahmed talks about youth stereotypes in this fun TEDx talk.Ziad Ahmed, a 16-year-old Muslim American Bangladeshi talks about society's expectations regarding the stereotypical view it has on teenagers.
Because of Trump, I’ve Had a Conversation With Almost Every Single Person in My SchoolTeen activist Ziad Ahmed shares why he talked to 237 people as a result of Donald Trump’s election.
Ziad Ahmed wrote one hashtag one hundred times for his college admission essay: #BlackLivesMatter. He got in.Ziad Ahmed on Washington Post