Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit

 

Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit 2024

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

Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26, 2024,

Dearborn Community and Performing Arts Center

 The Arab America Foundation is excited to announce the CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit to be held, on Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26, 2024. at the Dearborn Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan 48126.

 

 We’re spearheading a movement, rallying our youth and the national Arab American community,” said Warren David, co-founder of the Arab America Foundation. “This summit is pivotal in fulfilling our mission to celebrate our heritage, foster education, forge connections, and empower Arab Americans. Expect top-notch speakers, vibrant performances, valuable networking, and, most importantly, participants from across the country,” added David.

This year’s summit is a unique opportunity to connect with a diverse community of like-minded individuals, visionary leaders, and influential speakers.

After the cancellation of last year’s summit by the Doubletree Hotel in the wake of the tragic genocide in Gaza, we are determined to come together and assert our identity. This year, we’ve chosen Dearborn, as the location of our summit—a city that symbolizes the heart of Arab America and has faced marginalization amidst the recent crisis in Gaza.

Join us in Dearborn, where we will provide essential support and resources to empower our community. Get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with engaging discussions on identity, entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, youth leadership, and the commemoration of our rich heritage.

Over 450 registrants from 26 states attended the summit in 2022. We are expecting a sell-out summit this year. See the video below.

Arab America Foundation Announces Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit October 25-26, 2024 in Dearborn, Michigan

FRIDAY, October 25:

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Registration and Information

Exhibits Open

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ahlan Networking Reception and Dinner

Attend the opening reception of the Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit.

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Fann Wa Tarab Cultural Evening

Don’t miss a tantalizing evening celebrating the arts and an evening that will make you feel proud of the Arab heritage and culture.

SATURDAY Daytime, October 26:

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 community leaders, influential women, rising leaders, and awesome performers.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Rising Leaders Recognition

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

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Sahtein Networking Lunch

Join us for the Sahtein Networking Lunch and seize the opportunity to connect with Arab American attendees hailing from various parts of the United States.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

CONNECT Arab America Empowerment Summit

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

3:00 pm

Daytime Activities End

 

SATURDAY Evening, October 26:

5:30 – 11:00 pm

Al Rabitah Gala Banquet

The Al Rabitah Gala 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. 

11:00 pm

End of Saturday Evening Activities

Optional: Sunday, October 27:

10:00 am

Yalla Connect! 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!

1:00 pm

Election Town Hall Meeting

HOTEL

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

To Be  Announced

SPEAKERS

Arab America Foundation speakers for CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit. To be announced.

 

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

 

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

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. 

 

GALA LOCATION

The Al Rabitah Gala will begin at 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 4th at the Dearborn Community and Performing Arts Center.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I complete registration?

Registration will be announced soon.

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 hotel?

Discounted room rates will be announced shortly.

Can I register onsite?

You should pre-register online before the summit, but if you have not, you can register upon your arrival. 

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, 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