Shahla Ahmadi - President

Shahla Ahmadi is the current President and founder of the Afghan-American Women’s Association. An organization committed to developing and nurturing community for all Afghan people both here in the United States and at home in Afghanistan.

Shahla and the Afghan-American Women’s Association are proud to announce their organization’s launch symposium on October 21, 2009 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown. The festivities will include several distinguished guest speakers such as Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, authors of Afghanistan’s Untold Story, and Adina Niazi who will present valuable insight regarding the successful tactics of her existing organization.

Shahla was inspired to launch this organization as a result of her steadfast involvement in the Afghan American Chamber of Commerce where she witnessed a need to provide additional support for the special challenges faced by all Afghan people. The first public appearance for the organization occurred on July 12th 2009 at the annual Afghan Sports Federation tournament in Maryland.

Shahla left Afghanistan and arrived in Montreal in 1983 where she finished high school and continued on with her studies achieving her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Montreal. She lived in Montreal for nearly 12 years. As a dedicated wife and mother she raised three beautiful children who are now finding their way in the Afghan community she helped to create.

Shahla left Montreal in 1994 and took residence in Virginia.

She continued on in support of her family and managed an incredible transition, becoming a loan originator for New Century Mortgage in 1998. In less than a year, Shahla became the top producing loan officer in the country. She earned numerous awards during her nine years with the company and won every incentive contest. In 2004, Shahla enrolled in New Century’s Leadership Development program. As a result, she finished top of her class and was promoted to branch manager in 2005. Through the years Shahla was careful to learn everything about the business world she could absorb. And she applied those lessons well, earning her a long list of accolades as well as enabling her to support her family and the Afghan community.

Shahla has been a member of the Afghan American Chamber of Commerce since 2007. She is also a member of the Afghan American Sports Federation wherein she continues to remind Afghans of all ages that she has “got game” on the volleyball court.