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Building Tolerance

Spurred by 9/11, this entrepreneur helps workplaces embrace diversity.

Mahnaz Shabbir was horrified by the terrorist attacks of 9/11.And as an American Muslim, she was saddened when some Muslimsbecame victims of discrimination at work. So in 2003, Shabbir, 46,quit her job with a large health-care system to open Overland Park,Kansas-based Shabbir Advisors, a consulting firm whose main goal isensuring that U.S. workers understand that tolerance and diversityare about more than skin color.

Shabbir conducts seminars and also does strategic and marketingplanning for corporate clients, including universities, health-caresystems and the military Command & General Staff College atFort Leavenworth, Kansas. "There's a lot of misinformationabout other religions and cultures," she says. She projectsher sales to double in 2005.

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