Maryam Akbari began her education journey at Indiana University Bloomington. Through her volunteer work with Omid-e-Mehr Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to transform the lives of vulnerable young women in Iran, her interest in empowering women and girls grew. While at the University of Pennsylvania obtaining her Doctorate of Dental Medicine and Master of Public Health, Maryam was the recipient of numerous academic honors and awards. Part of her work at Penn included domestic violence research with Dr. Sorenson as her mentor. In Summer 2015, Maryam will continue her education as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident at Mount Sinai Health Care System in New York City.