The List: 25 Women Mobilizing the City of Chicago
Halleemah Nash, , Executive Director, iMentor
Originally from Compton, California Halleemah Nash is a demonstrated leader in all facets of nonprofit leadership. Her drive has contributed to a breadth of experience public speaking and developing signature community-based outreach programs for universities, government agencies, churches, celebrities, athlete foundations and sports teams. Halleemah Nash made her debut as an influencer on the campus of Howard University where she honed her skills in leadership, networking, and embracing the principle of reaching back as one climbed. Her career in sports philanthropy began as a graduate student charged with developing a community based program for Duke University Athletics that connected the mens basketball team with at risk youth to support mentorship and community engagement. She then joined the Chicago Bulls as Community Relations Assistant where she spearheaded numerous educational and recreational programs for the CharitaBulls Foundation.
Halleemah not only utilizes her passion in her professional and entrepreneurial endeavors, but also in her community where she is a sought after public speaker. For two years Halleemah served as Youth Pastor at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and has also addressed audiences at panels, workshops, keynote addresses, commencements, and corporate engagements throughout the United States and abroad. As a motivational speaker, she shares her story of overcoming adversity as an inner city youth and first generation college student that graduated with honors and her journey in finding purpose through a life of service. Her story of triumph has connected her with audiences across racial, socioeconomic, and geographic boundaries. A graceful and inspirational force, Halleemah Nash lives by the Mahatma Gandhi quote “Be the change you wish to see in this world.” Her work in sports philanthropy and nonprofit management has been featured in Rolling Out, Chicago Sun Times, NPR radio, ABC, NBC, and Marie Claire magazine. The author of the book Endless Summer scheduled to be released in 2014, Halleemah Nash shares inspirational messages to encourage balanced living.