Posted on December 13, 2017 by Joanna Carver

Fatema Basrai Fatema Basrai, a MBA student at the UTSA College of Business, was named to Forbes 30 under 30 in Education list.

Basrai is the executive director of Leadership SAISD, a leadership development program for public education advocates.

Surprised by the nomination, Basrai was grateful for the honor. “It was really exciting to have been nominated and chosen,” she said. “I’m so humbled. I hope to one day find out who nominated me.”

A native of India, Basrai was raised in the United States and learned early on about the inequalities in the public school system.

So, it is only fitting that she is working now to teach others how to become education advocates. Basrai earned her undergraduate degree in advertising from the University of Texas and began her career working for Teach for America.

“I wanted to have a greater impact in education by taking on leadership roles,” she said. “I thought an MBA would be the best way to achieve this goal.”

She joined UTSA’s MBA program last fall with the desire to develop the financial, accounting and negotiation skills that are vital for executives.

“I really like my professors and enjoy networking with other students from different industries,” she said. “I love the diversity that UTSA has to offer.”

Basrai encourages students to build their resume and polish their networking skills. “Developing the skills to be able to meet and connect with different people is how you will land your dream job,” she said.

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