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LEAD Speaker Series: Nawal Noor

Nawal Noor, President & CEO, Noor Companies GBC
Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 7:30 a.m.

Photo of Nawal NoorNawal will be presenting on “Transformational leadership in the built environment: my journey is a universal entrepreneurship lesson for the industry.”

What made a young immigrant woman of color, with a finance background, step into the predominantly white, rough and tumble world of the built environment? And once there, how did she begin to change her own self-awareness to help the industry transform? Nawal Noor owns up to one part courage, one-part hard work, and a sprinkle of smarts to tell her story of where she’s come from and how she sees the future.

Nawal Noor is the Founder and CEO of Noor Companies (NŌR) a Social Enterprise that performs mission-based work in construction, real estate development, and community engagement. Nawal is a Licensed General Contractor. She brings eight years of development experience and eight years of construction and project management experience and over 10 years of successful corporate finance, audit, strategy, and marketing experience working for Ecolab, a $16 billion global company in the Twin Cities.

Prior to that she has spent four years in asset management for Aeon (formerly CCHT), a nonprofit developer, owner, and manager of high-quality affordable apartments and townhomes, which serve more than 4,200 people annually in the Twin Cities area.

She is a 2019 Bush Fellow and active in the community. She served and still serves on several boards and committees including, Emerging Entrepreneur State of Minnesota Board (Governor Dayton Appointed), State of Minnesota Disparity Study External Stakeholders, University of Minnesota National Diversity Advisory Board, ULI MN Housing Council, Hennepin Healthcare Community Advisory Board, and Board Chair Nurul-Iman Institute/Mosque and Community Center. Nawal was the Vice President of the Board of National Association of Minority Contractors, past Board Member of Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (Governor Walz Appointed), past Board Secretary for Ecolab Credit Union, and past Board Member of A Partnership of Diabetes (A-POD).

Nawal is a graduate of the University of Saint Thomas, with a degree in Finance and Computer Science and MBA Northwester Kellogg (In process). She is also Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified Project Manager.