Dalia Mogahed, recognized as one of the most influential Arab women for four years in a row by Arabian Business is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding “ISPU”, and a board member and a leader in several organizations in the USA.
We sat with Dalia and learned about how she established a very strong and admirable reputation in her direct community and US at large.
I was born in Cairo, Egypt, and I immigrated to the states when I was four. My first job was at the age of 15 or let’s say 16 years old. I worked at this yogurt shop called KCGY, and the most distinctive memory I have of my first job was that I had to walk to for about 5 miles in the scorching heat to reach work and it took about an hour and 20 minutes to get there. No public transport at the time and no car. My first job taught me a lot about responsibility, managing my time well and how to have strong work ethics.
When asked about how she manages to juggle and succeed at being CEO, Director of research at ISPU as well as being a board member in many organizations, Dalia explains that she feels that her time is used most efficiently when she wakes up early and squeezes in a workout before her day begins. Dalia explains how important it is for her to plan out her week ahead of time, and schedule her deliverables accordingly. One big morning life hack Dalia shared were about her athkar recitation which helps her accomplish a lot during a packed day as she adds “your day goes faster, and you feel lighter”.
When Dalia is not working what can we find her doing..
You most certainly will find Dalia spending time with her family, as that comes in first, she invests the majority of her time in that. There are some activities which keep her occupied such as cooking, it brings a lot of joy. As well as being outside in nature, woods or mountains. Hiking and treks are two activities she enjoys doing with both friends and the entire family.
When asked about how she saves for the future..
I don’t always do a great job at that but I have a 401K that I invest in every year. Every year around tax period Dalia makes sure she has money put aside which she knows will eventually be used for retirement, college fund, and any other big investment.
As told to Lana Khalid exclusively for Wahed Invest; transcript edited for clarity.