Speaker Qaadirah Rahim, CEO of Future Foundation
The CEO of the Future Foundation, a non-profit, which empowers Atlanta’s youth, Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim is a status-quo disruptor. The Atlanta native, one of 2017’s Georgia Trend’s 40 under 40, attended the University of California, Berkeley and realized local schools had not prepared her for college. She earned her degree in social work, then a master’s from the University of California San Francisco, before returning to Atlanta to help kids like her. Transforming a small afterschool program into a phenomenon spanning nonprofit, business, and government sectors, Qaadirah quadrupled the Foundation’s revenue while earning an MBA at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. The results speak for themselves: Future Foundation participants have a 100% high school graduation rate, compared to a 60% average across community high schools.
Under her leadership, the Future Foundation recently won a five-year, $4.4-million federal grant to create an intensive model that gives children in poverty a “second family” of resources.