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.
2013 will include even more programming created specifically for Arab Americans, and it may be coming to a city near you - please email Joan 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.
October 21, 2013 — Blog
By Marc Sabbagh
Fall Intern, 2013
On Saturday, AAI President James Zogby conveyed a message his mother taught him to 22 young professionals from the United States and Egypt. He said: “If you want someone to listen to you, listen to them first.” The young leaders Dr. Zogby addressed make up the inaugural class of The Shafik Gabr Fellowship, a prestigious, multi-faceted program incepted by Shafik Gabr, prominent Egyptian businessman, through the Gabr Foundation’s East-West Dialogue Initiative. In addition to developing actionable projects and forging cross-cultural connections with each other, the fellows will spend two weeks in major U.S. cities meeting with policy experts, media representatives and business leaders to engage in frank discussions about problems impacting both regions. Read More »
July 30, 2013 — Blog
By: Melanie Snail
Summer 2013 Intern
This past Friday, AAIF interns had the pleasure of welcoming Joshua Haber to our weekly Brownbag lecture series, where he spoke about the transition from academic to professional life, and the ins and outs of working in a think tank. AAIF’s Brownbag lecture series invites a diverse array of DC professionals to engage in discussions with interns regarding everything from foreign policy creation to the use of social media. Read More »
June 21, 2013 — Blog
By Matt Haugen
Summer 2013 Intern
April 04, 2012 — Blog
By Dalal Hillou
Laura Hammad, a Palestinian-American lawyer who is working with the Florida Young Democrats, is representing the Arab American community and fighting back against stereotypes and bigotry. Read More »
March 29, 2012 — Blog
As part of its Emerging Leaders Program, the Arab American Institute (AAI) hosted an event last night with Al Jazeera's Rami Khater, Senior New Media Producer for The Stream, as well as veteran journalist Jeffery Ghannam. Read More »