About Speaker Reema Zaman…
Reema Zaman is an award-winning writer, speaker, actress, and author of the critically acclaimed memoir I AM YOURS. I Am Yours has been adopted into the curriculum of several high schools through an Innovation Grant from the Oregon Department of Education, and is being adapted into a movie. The New York Times states that “Zaman writes beautifully of the pain and frustration of being a woman in a man’s world, an immigrant in a world suspicious of outsiders.” I Am Yours is the 14th selection for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps’ Ruined Readers Book Club. Previous selections include Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, and Angie Thomas’ The Hate You Give.
As noted by Forbes magazine, Reema’s life and career have been “A fabulous trajectory of powerful transformation.” Reema’s work has appeared in Vogue, Ms. Magazine, The Guardian, Salon, and other leading outlets. A “spellbinding performer of exceptional presence,” Reema is a renowned speaker and has been performing worldwide since she was six years old. She is the 2018 Oregon Literary Arts’ Writer of Color Fellow and is currently partnering with the International Rescue Committee and Girls Inc. to serve crucial causes and empower the next generation of leaders. In addition to working as a consultant for various high schools, to aid in the development of trauma-informed and trauma-healing curricula, Reema has joined forces with the nation’s leading advocacy organizations to advocate for change in policies that impact immigrants, asylum seekers, and survivors of abuse. She is the founder of the mentorship program “Read for Resilience” that pairs teens and adults through a book-club and communal activities designed to foster self-development, emotional intelligence, and success in all of life’s key areas.
Born in Bangladesh and raised in Thailand, Reema graduated summa cum laude from Skidmore College with degrees in Theater and Women’s Studies. She splits her time between New York, LA, and Oregon. As the only Reema Zaman in the world, she is easy to find on social media. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter and learn more at reemazaman.com.