Mohammed Faheem is a well known community leader and motivational speaker with a very impressive story. He has a master’s degree in Communication and Journalism, a long record of serving his community, and an impressive set of accomplishments.
In Chicago, Faheem started a cable TV show ‘The Employment Hour’ in 2006 focusing on helping people find jobs and State resources for skills development and training.
This led to a job with the Illinois workNet Center in Arlington Heights as Director of Business Employer Solutions and Corporate Relations.
He retired from that job after ten years to launch a high-end consulting company, the Center for Strategic Solutions in 2016.
In 2017, Faheem started a non-profit in Plainfield called as AMAN (American Muslims Assisting Neighbors – www.amainc.org) which aims to serve people at the grassroots level.
AMAN has done a number of projects in the suburbs in partnership with faith based and community organizations. In his own words, “It is a great outreach opportunity that helps us to be closer to others and change the perception of Muslims as neighbors.”
He is also a founding member of APNAUSA (Asian Political Network Aliance www.apnausa.org) which aims to increase political and civic awareness and engagement of Asian Americans and recently ran for the Village Trustee position in Plainfield.
Faheem’s contribution to public service have been lauded by 2 US Presidents, the US Congress and a number of regional and national organizations.
Before coming to Chicago, he spent 14 years in Houston where:
He was a member of the Jaycees,
Volunteered for the Habitat for Humanity,
Started ‘The Good Newspaper” focusing on positive news in the community,
Launched a construction company- Golden Rule Home Improvements,
A business consulting company- American Business Consultants,
A web development company- Web Houston International,
Organized several community events
Produced and anchored The International News Hour on local radio AM 1070 KENR,
Hosted a local radio show on the weekends highlighting community news, culture and music, and
Launched “The Kids Club,” a radio show for young kids.
SOME CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Creator of the Power Employment Workshop
A unique 4 module one day workshop for job seekers presented at various locations in the 8th district over the past 8 years. Over 15,000 people had attended the workshops till 2016 when I retired from the Illinois workNet Center. Program is still continuing.
- Co-founder of the Illinois Reshoring Initiative
This program aims to educate manufacturers about proper costing of off shoring manufacturing by using the Total Cost of Ownership Estimator developed by Harry Moser.
The estimator software and training is free and has brought back hundreds of jobs to Illinois.
It is now a National program.
- Created and presented the Veterans Rapid Employment Initiative (VREI)
This was a 2 week grant funded program aimed at teaching veterans how to translate their MOS (military Occupational Skills) into civilian speak and coaching employers how to understand the military lingo.
14 out of 17 participants in the program were productively employed after the 2 week boot camp.
- Presented 2 round tables on “Bridging the Gap Between Education and Industry” in Palatine and Lake County.
These workshops brought together employers, school administrators, parents and students to sit together and discuss skills needed for the jobs of the future.
Bringing accountability back to the 8th district.
The 8th congressional district includes all or parts of Addison, Arlington Heights, BARTLETT, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Itasca, Lombard, Medinah, Oakbrook Terrace, Palatine, Roselle, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, South Barrington, Streamwood, Villa Park and Wood Dale.
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