Fatima Karriem was born in South Africa and immigrated with her family to Beachwood, Ohio in 1999. She holds a BA Social Work and Psychology, Executive MBA from Ashland University- scholarship awarded by the Institute for International Education and Fulbright. She holds an Associates degree and post-graduate diplomas in Business, Human Resources and Training and various professional certifications in Training and Facilitation. She is currently enrolled in Doctorate of Psychology program at California Southern University. In South Africa, Fatima worked as a social worker and community social investment including the design and construction of two community centers in disadvantaged communities in SA. During the last 25+ years, Fatima worked in Training and Development and Business Consulting with women entrepreneurs across various industries and three continents. This includes working at CWRU as Director of Training and Development from 2004 and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in 2008 as Senior Director Training and Education and a project team member to design and build the $2.7 billion 400-bed hospital; the largest healthcare project in the Middle East. She lives between Ohio and Abu Dhabi and enjoys travelling the world and exploring different cultures - including a historical expedition with 12 international breast cancer survivors to Antarctica in 2012 as part of her advocacy to reinforce the notion that “there is a life after cancer”!