This week, Kathleen welcomes Ahva Sadeghi, a social entrepreneur and co-founder of an all-female-founded social impact tech startup, Symba. Ahva’s team is on a mission to level the playing field for jobseekers by removing entry barriers to the workforce and supporting programs designed to close opportunity gaps for underserved populations. In part one, Ahva shares how her remote internship at the State Department inspired her entrepreneurial journey, the current state of apprenticeships and internships, and the obstacles and roadblocks Symba is trying to break through.
About Ahva Sadeghi: Ahva is the Co-Founder and CEO of Symba. Sadeghi is a first-generation Iranian-American woman who received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona Honors College, going on to continue her graduate studies at the London School of Economics. Using her skill set as an economist and researcher, Sadeghi developed into a passionate social entrepreneur focused on remote work and workforce development. Prior to launching Symba, Sadeghi worked in the U.S. Department of State in the Human Rights Bureau and completed a civil rights fellowship with the late Congressman John Lewis. She was recently named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Enterprise Technology, a Tory Burch Fellow, and a Global Entrepreneur Scholar by the U.S. Department of State. In addition to her role as CEO of Symba, Sadeghi volunteers as a mentor for Students Rising Above.