As we embark upon a new semester, take a moment to read about September’s Alumnae Spotlight features Rosey Chagani Jinnah from Founding Chapter. She reminds us how the Sisterhood’s emphasis on leaderships and relationship building are skills she carries with her to this day. Plus, how cute are her babies?!

What are you doing today and how did joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. prepare you for this?

Although it’s been over a decade, I will never forget my experience with KPhiG. At that time, I didn’t understand the importance of the many responsibilities I had, as it definitely prepared me for my life and career. It’s taught me to be more organized, manage my time well, and to be a leader. Those leadership skills will come in hand in all walks of life! More importantly, I developed life long relationships. You learn how to work and live with diverse group of strong women, which also prepares you for future relationships. Currently, I am the National Program Manager of i-Mentors, a Big Brother Big Sister Mentoring Program.

What were your biggest challenges and struggles?

Balancing life. There are so many things that we don’t realize when we are students in college. Things that seem stressful then, are things you will miss and be most grateful for in the future. I have a full time job, 2 beautiful boys, a wonderful family and home, and a few organizations I serve with as well. Although it is challenging, what is important is how I conquer my challenges with persistence, time management, and compassion. Don’t let struggles hold you back, but embrace them with joy.

What is your favorite part of your position/career/field?

I absolutely love my job! The best part is meeting wonderful leaders from around the nation who are willing to give their time and knowledge to empower youth and their families to make life choices that maximize their potential. I love working with people, providing growth and support, and of course serving our youth and their families.

What is your work/life balance?

Now this is the struggle, however, with great support everything is possible. I’ve been blessed with and built a wonderful community around me to be able to do what I do. I work full time, but more importantly I’m a full time mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and more. I don’t believe in 50/50, I believe in giving your 100% to everything I do.

What do you perceive are the benefits of joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc.?

Kappa Phi Gamma was home to me in college. You meet a wonderful group of women who are there for each other and strive to support one another through your college life. It provides a safe space for one to have people you can depend on, and a group that helps you grow both professionally and personally. The best benefits are the relationships you build that will last a lifetime.

What advice do you have for women that are attempting to follow your career path?

Don’t give up and give everything an opportunity. As women, South Asian women, we have pressure of doing a lot from having careers to getting married and having children all at a very young age. Sometimes life doesn’t go as you have planned in your head. We cannot change the struggles of life, but what we can do is be resilient and work hard through those struggles. When I was approached to apply for my position, I already had a job, but I’m glad I gave this a chance and interviewed. Who knew I would find something bigger and better!

Why did you choose to start (Business/Company)?

I’ve always wanted to professionally work for our community and for a not for profit organization that positively impacts people, my people. I just figured I’d do it more later on in life. I’m so glad I didn’t wait. Believe in NOW, believe in today, because you never know where you will be tomorrow. I’ve been with i-Mentors for 6 years, and this job has changed me for the better!

How did you come up with the name of your business? (If owned)

Although this is not a business, I did help come up with the name. When this program began, a grant was given by the Aga Khan Foundation to fund the program and me. It was called Youth Support Services. The name just wasn’t appealing to our youth. I helped develop a marketing strategy to re-brand the organization by coming up with several names, logos, and taglines and i-Mentors won! It was wonderful to be a big part of the process.

How do you measure your success?

For me success is measured by many aspects. It’s measured by how we leave this world a bit better than before we were in it. Impacting those around us is a big part of success in life. I believe in showing up everyday to work hard and work to impact those we serve. I also believe we have to trust and have faith in the paths of our life. This means to embrace challenges with a smile and resilience. You are nothing if you don’t have faith. Another aspect of success is growth, You have to allow yourself to grow each and everyday no matter how old you get. This should be constant and a vision to become better versions of ourselves daily. Finally, success is measured by happiness. It’s cliche but true that if you’re living a safe and happy life, you have succeeded in this world!