Alongside five other talented women leaders, Zaman founder and CEO Najah Bazzy was recently inducted into the Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame on May 12 at the 26th annual Women Thrive Conference in Dearborn. The award is a recognition of Zaman’s work to break the cycle of poverty.
“It’s humbling to be recognized alongside so many other brilliant women,” said Bazzy, who beyond her work at Zaman, also mentors women of all ages as they navigate their careers, motherhood, and family decisions.
“It’s important for women to be there for each other and to learn from each other. The world is a better place with strong leadership, both men and women, leading the way,” she added.
MichBusiness, which hosted the event, annually honors Women Workplace Leaders who make significant contributions to their fields and the community. The hall of fame award recognizes “women whose careers have reached exceptional levels of success and have elevated and encouraged women in the workplace.”
“I am motivated by seeing women on Zaman’s staff creating an organization that has grown to have a worldwide impact, but also offers them a fulfilling career pathway to pursue their own personal and professional goals,” said Bazzy. “And the beauty is, as our staff grows professionally, their work empowers the women who come to Zaman to pursue vocational training and employment to lift their family out of poverty.”
Other inductees honored at the event hosted by MichBusiness, included:
Linglong He, Chief Leadership Advisor, Rocket Central
Christina Lovio-George, Founder, Lovio George, Inc.
Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, President, Oakland University
Dr. Cynthia Taueg, Vice President of Community Health Services, Ascension Southeast Michigan
Dorothy Zehnder, Co-founder and Co-owner, Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn
“It’s an amazing group of accomplished women,” MichBusiness President and CEO Jennifer Kluge said of the award-winners. “There’s something magical about us being together in-person again.”