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Voices of Nolij: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Leo Faal

Voices of Nolij: Celebrating Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Nolij would like to acknowledge and honor the extraordinary women who keep our company growing year after year. Leo Faal, a financial analyst, exemplifies every woman who does not let her circumstances deter her from fulfilling her ambitions and following her dreams. Thank you Leo for making the brave journey from The Gambia and contributing to the success of Nolij through your skills, dedication and energy.

“I arrived in New York City in 1990 from the small country of The Gambia in West Africa when I was 17 years old. My ideas of the United States were shaped by movies that celebrated America as a land of possibility and I dreamed of moving here one day to better my life. As a small country, Gambia did not offer many advanced educational or career opportunities after high school. I am the youngest of seven children and lost my father when I was four years old. It had been drilled into me by my hardworking mother that education is the key to a successful life. My cultural education began in New York City, where I found everything to be big, exciting, and a little scary—especially the busy highways! Within months of moving to the United States, I was very fortunate to find a wonderful family who gave me friendship, a home, and a college education. I lived with my new adopted family for 12 years before getting married. After I got married, I became a stay-at-home mother to my two children for 16 years. Although I previously held retail sales positions at stores like Nordstrom, Nolij helped launch my career in finance. I began as an adult intern in the finance department and then transitioned to a full-time financial analyst. As a mature woman entering the job market for the first time, Nolij, a woman-owned company, gave me an extraordinary opportunity to grow professionally. Nolij supports and understands women’s life circumstances and the choices we make because of our families. As my teen daughter now starts her educational journey as a Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar, I echo my mother’s words to her often—’education is the key to the whole world and it’s never too late to make your dreams a reality.’ ”

Leo Faal,
Financial Analyst

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Nolij Donates 1,000 Power Packs to Fight Childhood Hunger

Nolij Donates 1,000 Power Packs to Fight Childhood Hunger
Nolij Donates 1,000 Power Packs to Fight Childhood Hunger

Nolij Donates 1,000 Power Packs to Fight Childhood Hunger

 

In Fairfax County, 1 in 13 children lives in poverty with 28 percent of students relying on free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunch for their daily meals. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, children have been especially vulnerable to food insecurity. At Nolij, we believe that healthy children and strong families are the backbones of our communities. In partnership with Food for Others, Nolij employees recently contributed 1000 Power Packs to their food program initiative, The Power Pack Program. The Power Pack Program delivers assembled packs to 20 different local elementary schools. These packs provide children food for the weekend. Each power pack consists of two items each for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus two snacks and two drinks. Nolij employees were able to assemble power packs from the safety of their homes.

“I am grateful that Nolij employees were able to help children in our community because this is where we work and live. Food insecure children are not strangers; they attend school, play on the same sports teams and participate in activities with our own kids. I feel a strong sense of duty, as a corporate citizen and mother, to help fight childhood hunger and bring attention to it.” –Ashley Mehta, President & CEO, Nolij Consulting.

We encourage other organizations to give back to their communities and help our next generation thrive so that together we can build a more vibrant future for all of us. If you would like to learn how you can make a difference or want more information on the Power Pack Program, please visit foodforothers.org. 

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Voices of Nolij: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Ona Dashpuntsag

Voices of Nolij: Celebrating Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Nolij would like to acknowledge and honor the extraordinary women who keep our company growing year after year. Ona Dashpuntsag, a Human Resources Manager, exemplifies every courageous woman who follows her dreams and is undeterred by challenges. Thank you Ona for making the brave journey from Mongolia and making Nolij a much richer place.

“I belong to one of the last nomadic groups in the world, and I have always wanted to travel the world to explore and learn. When I was 19 years old, I decided to move to the United States to pursue better opportunities. Coming from a society where multigenerational families live together, and young women don’t usually leave home until marriage, I had to be strong and self-reliant. It was a difficult transition moving to a new county, learning a new language, and adapting to a new culture and society. Growing up, I dreamed of America as a magical place of freedom, prosperity, and full of opportunities. America has lived up to my hopes and fulfilled its promise that hard work, talent, resourcefulness, and initiative get rewarded. I could not see my family in Mongolia for the first six years, but I was fortunate enough to meet many wonderful people at Nolij who made me feel at home. Nolij has helped me to become the person I am today. I joined Nolij in 2015 as an intern supporting the HR team, and I am currently an HR Manager and oversee benefit administration, payroll, onboarding, and offboarding. Like my fellow Americans, I am hopeful and continue to focus on what the future will bring.” 

Ona Dashpuntsag
Human Resources Manager

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Voices of Nolij: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Voices of Nolij: Celebrating Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Nolij would like to acknowledge and honor the extraordinary women who keep our company growing year after year. Jodi Kim, a junior software tester, exemplifies every remarkable woman who has a story to tell and gifts to share with the world. Thank you Jodi for your dedication and contributions.

“As a first generation Korean-American, I have inherited a strong work ethic from my parents and grandparents who emigrated from Seoul. When they came to the US, my grandparents initially struggled a great deal before they started a dry cleaning business and instilled this spirit of perseverance in my mother and me. My mother, despite being over-shadowed in a largely male-dominated field for years, now heads her own government contracting IT consultancy. I am fortunate to have started my career at Nolij because I am actively mentored, my opinions are respected and my voice matters. In fact, working in IT has led me to change my career path from health sciences, my college major, to technology and follow in my mother’s footsteps.”

Jody Kim
Junior Software Tester