I grew up the oldest of three kids born to a banking family. But, the early money lessons my family used to teach me used to BORE me to tears! I hated anything related to money and banking, and used to dislike my family because of it.
What I REALLY wanted to be was a detective, solving exciting mysteries like Nancy Drew! If you had said that Dina Shoman would end up on the cover of Forbes Middle East magazine one day because of my successful banking career, I would have laughed in your face.
What changed my mind was an economics class in high school. I’m not quite sure how that happened, but it did. I also ended up going to Bentley University to study business. Let’s just say my dad couldn’t hide his joy when I came back with a finance degree and an MBA.
I was fortunate to become the youngest and only female EVP in the history of Arab Bank. I also held multiple board seats in banks and nonprofit organizations.
After many years, I left the corporate world because I wanted to figure out “what I wanted to be when I grew up.” I wanted to find a way to combine my interests into something good. I loved education, financial literacy, women and girls, creativity, solving mysteries, and enabling others.
inherQuests is the perfect combination of all my passions. And, it also manifests my appreciation for the solid financial footing I had growing up. That played a major role in my success.
I created an experiential education and play-based learning curriculum of games to teach girls financial literacy. Because I was always so BORED of money talks as a child, it needed to be fun. So, I figured that fun money games for girls should do the trick and ensure the lessons stick.
I worked closely with amazing educational and child development experts to create our curriculum of Quests.In addition, I conducted a nationwide parents’ survey, and spent hundreds of hours interviewing parents and testing the games. Finally, our Financial Fun Boxes were brought to life!
The personal side of Dina Shoman enjoys hanging out with my family and my Maltese puppy, Everest. I also love to work out, cook, and plan my next travel adventures. Because I am so strongly committed towards financial literacy, education, and entrepreneurship, I volunteer with some amazing organizations. Some of those organizations include the Startup Leadership Program, Junior Achievement, the International Youth Foundation, and the Global Teacher Prize Award.
I am an Advisory Board Member of two startups. Firstly is 1MillionStartups, a community dedicated to promoting the importance of startups focused on contributing solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals. And secondly is Benefunder, a startup that provides a marketplace for researchers and philanthropists to come together to solve some of the biggest problems facing our world.
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