The Last Word: Hue’s Fahad Khawaja on the Importance of Community-Building in Innovation

“It’s like having an insight engine on an ongoing basis.”

Fahad Khawaja
Founder and CEO
.…on the “transformative power of community” in the innovation process.

Khawaja’s New York-based company Hue is a nonprofit aimed at amplifying opportunities for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) talent in the workplace.

During a keynote discussion at MassChallenge’s recent MC | Innovate 2023 conference at Pegasus Park, Khawaja stressed the importance of trust and community-building in the innovation process.

Trust is foundational for creating community, he said, which ideally consists of “family” (with whom do you share values and common ground?), “fans” (who’s cheering you on?), and the “future” (who’s “looking forward” with you?).

“Reach out to those who are different” from you, Khawaja counseled at the event. “Be human-centered, and talk to them like people.”  

You can read more about MC | Innovate 2023 in our story here.

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