Posted on December 13, 2011 in Arab American Institute

AAI's Emerging Leaders Program

AAI's National Summit in October 2010 was a success in many ways, but one of the highlights was the number of young participants and the level of input we received from the young professionals who attended. It is clear that our community has a wealth of young professionals fully engaged in important work, from helping to set policy on the Hill to working in one of our many community-based organizations. To better engage with our community's emerging leaders and to benefit from their talents, energy, and ideas, AAI has created an Emerging Leaders Program. As part of the program, we launched a monthly networking series. Each month, Arab American students and professionals have the chance to meet and interact with each other, and hear from prominent Arab Americans about their work, their involvement in public service, and what being an Arab American has meant to them throughout their career.

Previous events had speakers such as Chris Mansour, Director, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs in the US Dept of Interior;  George Selim, Policy Advisor in Office of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at DHS; Hady Amr, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East at USAID; and AAI's President Dr. Zogby. We have also held our monthly event at the Tunisian Ambassador's residence, in conjunction with the Tunisian American Young Professionals.

2012 will include even more programming created specifically for Arab Americans, and it may be coming to a city near you - please email Hilary if you are interested in helping to host an Emerging Leader Event at your school or organization. We also encourage young leaders to participate in our leadership summits, town halls, and service day projects. For more ways to get involved, please sign up here.

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