Episode 1: Masuma Mansuri
"If girls help girls, then they can change the world."
Masuma Mansuri, Founder and CEO, Pink Banoo, on creating South Asian clothing benefiting girls education
I am really excited for the opportunity to have Masuma Mansuri share her story. Masuma holds a special distinction because she is the very first interview for the Confessions of Successful Asian Women (COSAW) podcast.
I admire how Masuma combines her passion for fashion with her personal mission to empower girls. She is one confident Asian woman who is following her dreams!
Find out from the podcast how Masuma:
- Overcame barriers and broke into the fashion industry without having a formal education on the subject
- Challenged herself and dared greatly after a five year career hiatus
- Helped over one hundred and fifty girls (still counting) receive an education
- Coped motherhood with entrepreneurship
- Leveraged mentors as role models to help shape her journey
- Learned to toot her horn
- Relied on two essential skills to become a successful entrepreneur, including advice she would offer to rising female entrepreneurs
Oh yeah, there are a few confessions along the way too, including one involving durian!
Masuma Mansuri is the Founder and Creative Director at Pink BANOO. She launched her South Asian women’s clothing brand, benefiting girls’ education in need, in May 2014. Masuma has a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Textiles and Clothing from UC Davis, and has completed a marketing certification program through UC Berkeley. Since then, she has held corporate positions at several retail organizations including LVMH and Williams-Sonoma Inc. Her most professional experience was at a fashion tech start up, where she was on the executive team and led all marketing efforts. Masuma resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, and two children. She enjoys cooking, fitness, and spending time with her family and friends.