We had the good fortune of connecting with Nazia Mollah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nazia, what matters most to you?
Integrity, in every facet & regard. I honestly wish I witnessed more of it in the world. The Oxford dictionary defines integrity as, “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” Integrity matters the most to me because I am a firm believer in doing good. I think integrity breeds a lot more than just respect from our peers/loved ones, it fosters a life full of humility that keeps us grounded. Integrity reinforces ethics & morale. Gandhi said himself you should be the change you want to see in the world, so I always act with integrity; Hoping I’ll breed more of it in and around me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My first real career (not counting my days as a “mall-girl” that worked at the mall), was when I started my position as a manager at a big bank. I had started off as a teller & transitioned to a management role in less than 2 years at the age of 22. I flourished in that role. I grew and learned so much about money, banking and credit. I did well, received countless accolades & promotions too. Sadly after about 8 years with the company I had learned of some changes the company would be making involving job restructuring. This actually led me to reconsider my retirement dreams of becoming a college educator, and consider making that move sooner than later. At that point I immediately spoke with my boss & started to explore opportunities to work in higher education. After receiving a handful of decline emails, a few months later I got a callback from one of those supervisor’s and she told me she remembered my resume vividly; That previous position had gotten cancelled, and there was a new opening now. So of course I jumped on the opportunity and have not looked back since. Shifting gears into teaching is what actually gave me the flexibility to own a music production label & offer small business development consultation services. Life completely changed for me in so many ways over the course of a decade, but it all ultimately brought me to this moment right now, and I couldn’t be more grateful for it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love food! And with the world kind of back to “normal,” here’s what I would do! I would make sure to take them to my favorite seafood boil spot, & my go-to for Japanese curry in LA. Then I would insist my friend bring their passport and go on a quick road trip to San Diego to catch some breathtaking views, go on some hikes & to make a quick stop in Tijuana for some street tacos. A relaxing drive along Malibu’s coast is also a must along with stargazing at some scenic overlooks. Oh and a beach day at a few of the beaches Cali has would also be needed!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my support system! My “village” of close friends & family have played an integral part in my success. My success has certainly earned by me for making every necessary step, but they all give me something I cannot replace- themselves. And my story would not have been the same without any of them.