Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit

 

Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit 2023

Connecting and Empowering Arab Americans from Across the U.S.

Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4, 2023,

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida.

 

Join the vibrant atmosphere of the annual Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit 2023!  This extraordinary Summit is set to unfold on November 3-4, 2023, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld, 10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821, located in the heart of Orland’s tourist attractions.

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience as you engage with a diverse community of like-minded individuals, visionary community leaders, and influential speakers. The summit will cover a range of topics, including entrepreneurship/business, women empowerment, youth leadership, and celebrations of our rich heritage through captivating cultural presentations, music, entertainment, cuisine, and exhibits.

Immerse yourself in the learning and networking opportunities that await you, enabling you to broaden your horizons, forge lasting connections, and acquire valuable knowledge that will propel you forward both personally and professionally.

As an optional bonus, Sunday, November 5, offers the chance to take advantage of discounted tickets to Orlando’s fabulous attractions and the lively Moroccan Festival.

So, don’t miss this incredible chance to be a part of our transformative journey of enjoyment, empowerment, and success. Together, let’s embark on this remarkable adventure. Yalla!

Arab America Foundation Announces Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit November 3-4, 2023 in Orlando, Florida

Welcome Letter from Mayor Jerry L. Demings, Mayor of Orange County

 

FRIDAY, November 3:

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Arab America 1st Annual Golf Outing

Falcon’s Fire Golf Club is recognized both regionally and nationally as one of the finest public Golf Courses in Orlando. This Rees-Jones designed championship Golf Course and the spacious Clubhouse offer Guests a spectacular venue. 

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Registration and Information

Exhibits Open

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Kick-Off Lunch for State Team Leaders

Join us for a captivating and empowering Kick-Off Lunch as we gather Arab America Foundation’s dedicated State Team Leaders. This dynamic breakout meeting aims to foster a deep sense of connection and camaraderie among the leaders, providing an opportunity to embrace the essence of our movement. Together, we will explore the unique opportunities and challenges faced by State Team Leaders

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Connecting with the Movement–Yalla Cousins!

Step into the heart of a transformative movement as we present this informative panel. Join us for an enlightening discussion as we showcase the incredible strides made by the Arab America Foundation in promoting Arab heritage, educating Americans about Arab identity, and empowering Arab Americans nationwide.

3:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Connecting with Our Families: Strategies for Overcoming Behavioral Challenges

In this panel discussion, we address the cultural and behavioral struggles within the Arab American community and explore effective strategies for fostering stronger family bonds and overcoming challenges together. Family is the cornerstone of Arab American culture, and while it brings immense joy and support, it can also present unique behavioral challenges. This panel aims to create a safe and open space to discuss these challenges candidly, seeking to understand their underlying causes and identify practical solutions. as we present this informative panel. 

4:00 pm 

End of Afternoon Activities

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ahlan Networking Reception and Dinner

Attend the opening reception of the CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit. Meet new friends and indulge in a tantalizing buffet of Arab cuisine.

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Fann Wa Tarab Concert

Simon Shaheen, one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation will perform at Fann Wa Tarab on Friday evening, November 3, 2023, at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld. Shaheen will perform with his ensemble accompanied by; Firas Zreik, qanun; Gilbert Mansour, percussion; Rami Abuolaya, nay, and Nadia RaDon’t miss a tantalizing evening of great music and a celebration that will be sure to make you feel proud of the Arab heritage and culture!

10:00 pm

“Arab Socials” Post Networking Event

Hotel Veranda

 

SATURDAY Daytime, November 4:

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Registration and Information

Exhibits Open

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Man’oushe, Foul, and Qahwa Networking Breakfast

Meet and get acquainted with summit attendees before the summit at this buffet breakfast and networking event.

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit

Connecting and empowering Arab Americans across the country with presentations by public service officials, community leaders, influential women, rising leaders, and awesome performers.

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Motivational Kick-Off Speaker

9:45 am – 10:00 am

Cultural Performance

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Connecting with Our Heritage: Elevating National Arab American Heritage Month Empowerment Summit

In April of each year, National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) is a momentous occasion that recognizes and honors the achievements of Arab Americans across the country and has grown from its inception in 2017, when it was launched by Arab America with limited recognition, to now being embraced by the government, numerous states, municipalities, and institutions. There are countless possibilities to continue elevating NAAHM to new heights and we can inspire even more states, institutions, and public servants to participate in NAAHM, spreading the message of unity and pride in our Arab American identity. 

10:45 am – 11:00 am

Cultural Performance

11:00 am – 11:45 am

Connecting with Arab American Women: We Hear You, We See You

This panel aims to celebrate the strength, resilience, and accomplishments of Arab American women while highlighting the pivotal role they play in shaping our community and beyond. Together, let’s shatter boundaries, challenge preconceptions, and pave the way for a future where Arab American women’s voices are more heard, valued, and celebrated.

11:45 pm – 12:30 pm

Recognition of Rising Leaders

20 Under 20, 30 Under 30, and 40 Under 40, Awardees

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Sahtein Networking Lunch

Connect with Arab American attendees from throughout the U.S.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

CONNECT Arab America Empowerment Summit

Connecting and empowering Arab Americans across the country with presentations by public service officials, community leaders, influential women, rising leaders, and awesome performers.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Connecting with Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs: Making Informed Decisions

Discover the road to success as we bring together prominent Arab American business leaders and entrepreneurs to share their inspiring success stories and recommendations for growth. The Arab American community has a rich history of entrepreneurship and business acumen. In this panel, you will have the unique opportunity to learn firsthand from accomplished individuals who have navigated the entrepreneurial landscape and achieved remarkable accomplishments.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Connecting with Professionals: Leadership Development

This panel brings together a diverse group of accomplished young leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts, eager to share their insights and experiences on thriving in today’s dynamic professional landscape. During this session, our panelists will delve into various aspects of leadership development, career advancement, and personal growth. They will discuss the challenges they faced and the strategies they employed to overcome obstacles, providing valuable tips and actionable advice for attendees to apply in their own journeys.

3:00 pm

Daytime Activities End

 

SATURDAY Evening, November 4:

5:30 – 11:00 pm

Reception and Al Rabitah Gala Hafla Banquet

The Al Rabitah Gala Hafla Banquet, is an event deeply rooted in the vision of Arab American writer and philosopher, Kahlil Gibran, who initiated “Al Rabitah” (The Connection) over a century ago. Inspired by his ambition to unite Arab Americans under the spirit of heritage, culture, and identity, we gather to honor our shared roots and create lasting connections. Throughout the night, you will be treated to a plated dinner, rich program celebrating our identity, and live Arab music and dance.

11:00 pm

End of Saturday Evening Activities

OPTIONAL: Sunday, November 5:

8:30 am

Arab America Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

10:00 am

Yalla Connect! Farewell Networker

Join us for one last opportunity to connect and bid farewell to each other. This gathering allows us to come together once more, cherishing the memories we’ve created and celebrating the bonds we’ve formed. Yalla, let’s make the most of this moment and bid farewell with a promise to stay connected and meet again soon!

12:00 pm

Moroccan Festival

Special Discounts to Theme Parks

HOTEL

The CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit will take place at:

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld, 10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

Register for our special discounted group rate of just $139 USD per night. 75 rooms are reserved at this discounted rate. First come, first serve.

To reserve a room online, Register Here

SPEAKERS

Arab America Foundation speakers for CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit will be announced soon!

SPONSORS

If your organization is interested to sponsor the CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit, please contact:

Warren David at: wdavid@arabamerica.com or 313-999-6000

Click Here for Sponsorship Levels

 

EXHIBITORS

If your organization is interested to exhibit at the CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit, please contact:

Warren David at: wdavid@arabamerica.com or 313-999-6000

Click Here to Purchase an Exhibit Table

AUCTION

As part of the Connect Arab America Summit in Orlando this year, we will be holding an auction to raise charitable funds to support the important work of the Arab America Foundation. We are calling on our incredible members – YOU! – to help us in this effort. 

Click Here to Submit an Auction Item

GALA HAFLA LOCATION

The Al Rabitah Gala Hafla will begin at 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 4th at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld, 10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I complete registration?

Click the Register tab from this website

Enter to Eventbrite landing page

Click the green TICKETS button.

  • Choose the tickets you want and the number of tickets from the drop-down menus.
  • Click the red GET TICKETS button when done selecting.
  • Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation.

How do I register at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld?

You must register separately at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Hotel SeaWorld link above for room reservations.

Can I register onsite?

You should pre-register online before the summit, but if you have not, you can register upon your arrival. After checking in to the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Hotel SeaWorld, you can immediately go to registration in the lobby. All registrants will receive their name badge, wristband, and event tickets when they register.

Will I have to wear a wristband the whole time I’m at the summit?

Yes, and this is for your benefit. The wristbands must be worn at all times and will be required to enter events. This is the fastest way for security to know you are a paid registrant.

What is your refund policy?

We have spent countless hours and resources planning this summit. For this reason, we will be unable to give any refunds for registrations or events. Thank you for your understanding.

What is the dress code for events?

For all events on Friday and Saturday, we suggest business casual. On Saturday evening for the Gala Hafla, we suggest semi-formal attire.

What if I have any questions?

Email info@arabamerica.com if you have any questions or issues registering or call 877-272-2944