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ABPA's Event

By Suzanne Othman

   The Arab-American Business & Professional Association (ABPA) Emerging Leaders Reception was held at the Oakbrook Marriott, on May 25, 2017.  The event was well attended representing a diverse gathering of professionals, community leaders and sponsoring businesses. 

This festive evening introduced ABPA to an enthusiastic young and accomplished group of successful individuals in their fields who  possess unique skill sets that will benefit the community at large.

  ABPA is very proud of our inaugural inductees - Michael Barakat, Iba Ello, Ramzey & Lana Nassar - as well as the initiatives they are eager to implement and carry out in the months to come.  ABPA is committed to supporting them through successful completion within a year’s time.

  Each inductee was presented via video documentary and subsequently spoke live about their commitment to this project. 

   The key note speaker, Dr. Rami Nashashibi, spoke in a motivating and highly inspiring way that engaged the audience. The Auction was full of laughs, and the evening ended in a debka to music by a masterful DJ and Iba’s melodically preformed song (acapella) in Arabic.   


This was the most unique ABPA event ever!  We are pleased to be at the forefront of forward thinking leadership programs to engage our youth.


A special thank you went out to Rush Darwish, the ABPA Board, Volunteers, Members, Friends and outstanding Sponsors for their support!