Overcoming MediocrityEMPOWERED WOMEN
Mona is an international comedian, medium, and emcee who has performed, emceed, and produced comedy shows, competitions, and events in major clubs, theaters, and universities around the world since 2009. Mona is also a sought-after speaker for her experience using stand-up comedy as a transformative method for healing trauma and PTSD for various socio-political topics in the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Mona has a Master’s in International Development and is fluent in English, German, and Arabic. She performs in these languages, while she now works on her Ph.D. Mona became the first Arab and Muslim woman to perform stand-up comedy in the nation’s most prestigious institutions: twice at the John F. Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall!
Mona launched “Class Clowns,” a global stand-up comedy, improv, spoken word, and writing workshop for kids and adults of all ages in all environments. It uses the comedy club as a microcosm for leadership, self-expression, face-to-face empowerment, and healing. The workshop is currently running in Chicago and Cape Town, South Africa. “Leadership is more than a person on stage at the microphone; it’s everyone else keeping the stage lite and the mic on…otherwise, he’s just a comic!”
Comedy 101: Unconditional Forgiveness
When People Feel Safe to Express Their Truth, in Play, They Have Room For…? The Pandemic of 2020 presents an exciting rose gold lining. Kids and adults have begun to express their creative side in communion. It seems that we have all started using the modalities of comedy and performance videos to feel safe in expressing our passions and truths in ways that we could have never imagined decades ago. Through joke-telling, sketch performances, and funny internet videos, we have inspired future generations to allow for more laughter, play, and real discovery in all areas of our lives. With that, people become emotional when navigating media and sense the need for the truth now more than ever. Just because your backgrounds are palm trees doesn’t mean your life is! Simply, for society becoming fully online while knowing learning to navigate the live video calls, meetings, and odd errands, is like a woman having to get a zoom-divorce as the judge’s cat joins the session. It has made us aware of how much of our behavior is observed in ways that previous generations did not face. Each video meeting will showcase layers of new information, all hiding-in-plain-sight. Not to worry, we are in a whole new world. I’d like to help you feel more grounded in your own-ness! Therefore, my article is slightly different because it requires you, the reader, to engage. Would you like to join?