Fox Temple Alum Named to BBC’s ‘100 Women 2016’ List
Being named alongside Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, Brazilian soccer star Marta Vieira da Silva and Instagram COO Marne Levine probably isn’t an ordinary achievement, for anyone. But Fox School Of Business (‘06) alum Yasmine Mustafa has rightly earned her place next to those names.
Mustafa was recently honored by the BBC on its ‘100 Women 2016’ list alongside Keys, Marta, Levine and an array of immeasurably illustrious figures across 50 countries.
She earned her place on the list with her company ROAR For Good, which creates fashion-friendly safety accessories designed with women in mind. The company’s message on its official website reads, “Our mission is to reduce assaults against women through wearable technology and educational programs.”
Mustafa, a Persian Gulf War refugee from Kuwait, spoke to Technical.ly after finding out she made the list, saying, “I was speechless when I first got the news in August and I don’t think the gravity of it has really hit me. “Seeing the other honorees today makes me feel incredibly fortunate to be recognized. I’m also glad I was able to share my story at TEDxPhiladelphia because I feel it gave me the space to transform a difficult past it into something that has inspired others.”
The release of the list comes after a string of positive news for Mustafa and her company, which just last month announced a follow-up investment from Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Technology Partners.
“The funds are going to help fuel our growth throughout 2017,” Mustafa says. “Not only will we be shipping but we’ve struck a deal with Amazon Exclusives and are closing in on some exciting retail opportunities.”
You can read the entire BBC ‘100 Women 2016’ list here, which also features profiles on Olympic superstar gymnast Simone Biles, pioneering NASA scientist Katherine Johnson (whose story is told in the recently released film Hidden Figures) and Chan Yuen-ting, the world’s first female soccer manager to lead an all-male team to a domestic title.