“A leader in the community…”
“Committed to finding common ground...”
“A refreshing alternative to the common talk show host…”
“A skilled interviewer…sharp, witty and on point….”
These are just a few of the ways viewers describe Rahman Khan, host of the new show “GoodWorks with Rahman Khan” on WTVI, a PBS station. A leading influence in the field of Community Relations and Diversity Education, Rahman has motivated many across Charlotte and nationwide through his professional service and community involvement. He breaks new ground with the launch of GoodWorks Media Group, a company committed to inspiring, educating and motivating people to do good through support of the environment, diversity and education. The show, GoodWorks with Rahman Khan will be the flagship for a host of media offerings aimed at highlighting the important role that altruism plays in society.
As Director of Diversity and Community Relations with Compass Group, the largest foodservice company in North America, Rahman’s responsibilities included strategic diversity planning, recruitment, talent management, communication and training initiatives for its 120,000 U.S. associates. In addition, Rahman spearheaded the successful “Compass in the Community” program, which put in action Compass’s commitment to serving diverse communities through volunteerism, corporate contributions, and community partnerships.
While running the Department of Diversity for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Rahman created initiatives for both staff and students. He hosted and produced the award-winning TV talk show, “Diversity Matters” for five seasons. As the host of “Diversity Matters” Rahman had the pleasure of interviewing many notable guests including government officials, business leaders, superintendents, and national figures like author Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and entrepreneur Bob Johnson.
In 2003, Rahman started AR Khan and Associates, a strategic planning and diversity training consultancy for businesses, non-profit organizations and educational institutions. That company, now under the name of GWMG Consulting, is a part of GoodWorks Media Group, a multimedia business sharing the good works that people all around get involved in.
A native of Washington, DC, Rahman has called Charlotte home since 1995. Rahman’s strong commitment to community is evidenced by his involvement in many integral community organizations. Rahman is a member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and serves as the chairman of its Black Professionals Network. He has also been a member of the Charlotte Community Affairs Professionals, an association of corporate associates responsible for community relations and corporate giving. He has also served on the boards of the Community Building Initiative, International House, the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), the Minority Affairs Advisory Committee of Mecklenburg County, Diversity Council of the Carolinas and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Rahman has graduated from three leadership development programs, Focus on Leadership, the United Way’s Leading the Way,and Leadership Charlotte. He is also a student of W.D. Mohammed, a business, educational, and spiritual leader. Rahman earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education from Florida A&M University.
Several organizations have recognized his work. Rahman recently was selected as a “Top 40 Under 40” by the Charlotte Business Journal. A Charlotte radio station, Q92.7 honored him as one of their, “Black Faces in High Places” during their special celebration of Black History in 2007. Rahman has also received the Blue Ribbon Award for his TV show and the Black Political Caucus’ Day of Honor Community Service Award, the Torchbearer’s of Excellence Award from Ash-Shaheed Islamic Center, and in 2002 was named by Pride Magazine as one of the “Men to Watch Under Age 35”. Rahman, interested in the diversity of people and its customs not only in the U.S. but around the world, has traveled to the countries of Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Russia, France, Mexico and Spain.
Rahman has been featured in Pride Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, and Charlotte Business Journal, and on many local TV and radio stations. He continues to speak in public to many audiences of all ages on topics of community service, diversity and leadership. He and his family were also featured for seven months in 2007 in a pictorial exhibit held at the Levine Museum of the New South entitled, The Families of Abraham .
Rahman and his wife, Anika, an economist at Wachovia Bank, have one son, Hassan.