Muppies Seattle + DC + Chicago: Creatives Lightning Talks

Sunday, April 04 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM [PDT]

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Sunday, April 04 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM [PDT]


A collaboration between Muppies Seattle, DC, and Chicago, this event is focused on educating on the opportunities in creative industries and providing a spotlight for talented members of our community to share their work.

Join us as our incredible speakers talk about their creative journeys and lessons they've learned along the way. We hope this session inspires you to pursue your own creative endeavors and help support the growing creative Muslim community! 

Reach out to us anytime via email or on Facebook and Instagram @muppiesseattle and @muppiesdc

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Muslim Urban Professionals (Muppies) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering and advancing Muslim professionals to be leaders in their careers and communities. We strive to create a global community of diverse individuals who will support, challenge, and inspire one another by providing a platform for networking, mentorship, and career development. Learn more about Muppies and how to become a member at

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Nitasha Syed
Startup Advisor

Nitasha is a former engineer and Senior Product Manager at Rally Health. She is an advisor to early-stage startups (pre-seed/seed) out of the US, Pakistan, and India. She helps startups with product-market fit, user acquisition, retention, and growth. She is also the host of digital talkshow Shaam ki Chai where she interviews Pakistani movers and shakers over a cup of chai!

About Nitasha Syed

Startup Advisor
Mahrukh Tahir
Director of Marketing

Mahrukh is the Director of Marketing at Style Carousel, a luxury fashion styling and clothing rental service that is quickly scaling in Hong Kong. Outside of her interests in fashion and sustainability, she is an artist who unleashes her creativity by making large-scale contemporary paintings. She has also lived in five different countries (and counting)!

About Mahrukh Tahir

Director of Marketing
Subhaan Ashrafi
Marketer and App Developer

When Subhaan is not playing basketball or spending time with his family and new-born child, he is busy with work! Subhaan has been able to work with many notable Muslim non-profits in the marketing realm as well as starting his own venture, Sabr: The Calm App for Muslims!

About Subhaan Ashrafi

Marketer and App Developer
Bassam Abdelfattah
Film and Stage Actor

Bassam is a film and stage actor who lives in Chicago and has worked with several well-known Chicago theaters as well as The Public Theater in New York City. His television work includes Showtime's The Chi, Amazon's Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, and Fox Television's NeXt. He has also been in several indie films. Bassam recently started his own production company through which he wants to one day tell authentic stories of marginalized people

About Bassam Abdelfattah

Film and Stage Actor
Fatima Aslam and Zareen Abbasi
Co-founders of Kishmish

Fatima and Zareen are co-founders of Kishmish, a San Francisco-based paper goods and candle company. Launched in 2017, the Kishmish brand mission is rooted in creating nostalgic products that preserve South Asian culture and celebrate identity. Outside Kishmish, Fatima works in Business Recruiting at Stripe and Zareen works in Marketing Operations at Uber - both are Chicago-natives.

About Fatima Aslam and Zareen Abbasi

Co-founders of Kishmish