Having always wanted to be an entrepreneur, Maryam turned her passion for fashion into a business after she joined corporate America and discovered that the required work clothes were too expensive for her fresh-out-of-college budget and they were boring! So she started Maryam Garba International to create affordable and stylish work wear that got women excited about getting dressed for work.
The Maryam Garba International brand embodies the designer’s own unique background and values. Having lived in world-class cities around the globe, earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Stanford and Harvard Universities, respectively and worked in fashion, medicine, education, consulting and brokerage, Maryam’s experiences inspired her to transform traditional business clothes into elegant and affordable designs that enable success. As the San Jose Press declared, her designs, “would no doubt look great on just about anyone.”
As an entrepreneur herself, Maryam is a strong proponent of entrepreneurship and has been engaged to speak on this topic by Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Kellogg School of Management, The Women Mean Business Network, Wesleyan University and the Ernst and Young Professionals Network. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Women Mean Business Entrepreneurship Award and was a finalist in Vogue Italia’s Designer Competition. She also received and Entrepreneurship recognition from Ernst and Young in 2015.
Maryam is also the founder of the Billionaire's Club, a non-profit organization that teaches people how to create wealth for impact.