Tasmiha Khan became known as the “Chief Inspirational Officer” to her colleagues for creating a registered and incorporated tax-exempt non-profit known as Brighter Dawns while at Wesleyan University. For her work, she has been invited as a panelist to Brown University’s SEED Conference and a speaker at Yale’s Global Health and Innovation Conference.
Khan was awarded 2011’s Project for Peace $10,000 Winner and the Dell Social Innovation Semifinalist Fellowship. In 2012, Khan was invited to the White House to speak about her work and was the only Chicagoan to be awarded the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award of $10,000 and named Do Something.org’s “11 Young Women to Look Out For.”
In 2013, to date, Khan has been the youngest award recipient of Muslim Women Alliance (MWA)’s Inspiring Woman Award and in 2014, Khan was awarded Chicago’s Top Muslim Achiever in Activism and Service Award. To date, under Khan’s direction, 17 wells, 20 latrines and bathing spaces along with 200 sanitary kits in Bangladesh have been distributed, impacting over 15,000 people locally and abroad.
In 2015, Khan was invited for dinner to the White House Dinner by President Obama for Entrepreneurship Achievement. In 2016, Khan was Clinton Global Initiative Conference Awardee. This year, Khan has been selected as a 2017-2018 Net Impact Racial Equity Fellow.
Khan has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, Southtown Star, ABC News and on the front page of Middletown Press to name a few.
She is excited to join the MomsRising team to promote maternal justice!