Launched in 1999 by the Arab American Institute Foundation, the awards focus attention on acts of leadership and dedication that promote the common good. The Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting co-existence and inclusion in all walks of life. The awards aim to promote the positive forces of diversity and cultural interaction, and to showcase programs that foster democratic and humanitarian values across racial, ethnic and religious lines. The award is named for the author of "The Prophet" whose message...Read more
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany
S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Hon. Michael Baroody
Alma Arrington Brown Chevy Chase Bank
Michael Brown The Ronald H. Brown Foundation, Inc.
Hon. Esther Coopersmith Former U.S. Representative to the United Nations
Mathilda Raffa Cuomo Mentoring USA
Deborah I. Dingell
Samia Farouki HIIFinance Corp.
Hon. Edward M. Gabriel Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco
Hon. Eva Teig Hardy
Nemir Kirdar Investcorp International Inc.
Alma Powell Hon. Selwa S. “Lucky” Roosevelt Former White House Chief of Protocol Hon....Read more
Chair Jean R. AbiNader Moroccan American Center
Amjad Atallah New America Foundation
Ahmed Chebbani American Arab Chamber of Commerce
George DeBakey Atomic Learning
William Farah, Esq. Oldaker, Belair & Wittie, LLP
Hani K. Findakly Potomac Capital
Randa Fahmy Hudome Fahmy Hudome International, LLC
Michele Forzley Forzley & Associates
George N. Jalinos The Galen Group
Dr. Raymond Jallow U.S. Omen Trust
Dr. Al Johary Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs
Roxana Chahin Jordan Jordan Development Group
Reema Jweied-Guegel U.S. Jordan Business Council
Victoria Linden Midwest Federation of Syrian and Lebanese-American Clubs
Martha Toma Morrison World Affairs Council
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Vital Voices is a NGO that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.
The Middle East and North African Businesswomen’s Network (in 11 Middle Eastern Countries) aims to increase the number of women in business and the value of their businesses, to advance the role of women in society, and to promote a regional culture of women's entrepreneurship Partners annually with the U.S. State Department and FORTUNE Magazine to provide international emerging women leaders in business the opportunity to develop their leadership, management and...Read more
Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Blog
In recent months, Indiana Governor and potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels has come under scrutiny from some conservative groups, for suggesting the GOP call a “truce” on social issues with liberals in order to focus the country’s political efforts on more pressing fiscal issues. Daniels’ views became the inspiration for an article written by Marjorie Dannenfelser, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization committed to the integration of pro-life women in political life. Danenfelser's article highlights Daniels as a political outlier within the conservative wing and claims Daniel’s views will not take root among...Read more
Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Blog
With midterms behind us, all eyes (and money and analysis and speculation, etc) have now shifted to 2012. Yesterday, The Hotline released its inaugural edition of the “Presidential Power Rankings,” examining the most likely Republicans to end up with the nomination in 2012. On the short list of contenders is none other than Arab American Mitch Daniels, who will also receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at our 2011 Gibran Awards Gala.
The Hotline placed Governor Daniels in the number nine spot in its ranking and highlighted his appeal stating:
Indiana's successful two-term governor is getting...Read more
Posted by on October 29, 2010 in Blog
Posted on August 31, 2010 in Arab American Institute
In 2003, congress passed the “Serve America Act”, part of which designated September 11 as a day of Service and Remembrance. In 2009, as part of his United We Serve initiative, President Obama made 9/11 Day of Remembrance a permanent service day. This year AAI and NAAP-DC are joining forces for 9/11 Day of Remembrance and collaborating with Greater DC Cares to give back to the community in honor of this day of service.
"Service is a spark to rekindle the spirit of democracy in an age of uncertainty. When it is all said and done, it comes...Read more