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  • 26 Oct 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Excited crowds joined LebNet Pacific Northwest’s first community gathering on October 20th for the chance to meet other fellow Lebanese professionals in the area, network and get a closer look at what plans the community’s steering committee has in place. 

    The evening also featured an inspiring talk given by Wissam Tabbara, founder and CEO at Truebase, a B2B sales intelligence platform. Tabbara shared his entrepreneurship journey with an audience of 30 people, explaining how he built and grew three businesses from the ground up and made them successful. 

    "What a way to kick off the LebNet PNW community! I want to thank the committee for putting this event together, Wissam Tabbara for sharing his story, and all the attendees for the rich conversations. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and I cannot wait to see you in our future events and collaborate with you on initiatives to support our members,” said Omar Kahil, LebNet PNW Steering Committee Member and Senior Product Manager at Amazon. 

    The goal of this newly formed PNW community is to grow the network, create a platform for individuals to share their knowledge and expertise, give back to others and celebrate being Lebanese. This is the first of many events lined up so if you’re living in the area and interested in being part of this growing and vibrant community, or if you’re interested in helping support its mission, connect with us by visiting this page

  • 01 Sep 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    On August 25th, around 40 people gathered outside at the cozy Fieldworking Brewing venue for a vibrant networking session with other fellow Lebanese living in the area. 

    The event was organized by the Bay Area steering committee and was very well received and a much needed get-together. 

    “Yesterday’s Bay Area Happy Hour event was a refreshing change after COVID-19. I can’t tell you how proud it made us feel that this new generation is energized and self-motivated. As early founders,we were looking at each other feeling reassured that our 23-year old LebNet is in good hands,” said George Akiki, LebNet president. 

    This is one of many Bay Area events that the community is planning for its members so if you’re a member of a Lebanese tech professional living in the Bay area or in neighboring areas, do not hesitate to subscribe to LebNet to stay updated about any upcoming events! 

  • 23 Aug 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    On August 18th, the LebNet New York community ended its three summer community huddle series. The goal of these huddles was to grow the community in New York and neighboring areas, enable partnerships and collaborate on future plans and activities.

    Hosted at Vig Bar, the August 18 huddle attracted around 35 participants and many new faces. Although this is the last huddle for this summer, the community has plans for other types of events. If you’re interested in joining their community and receiving their upcoming events, please send an email to [email protected]

  • 17 Aug 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    On August 8th, the LebNet Arizona community hosted a Dine & Network event at Mijana Lebanese restaurant.

    Members and friends living in the area joined for a fun casual dinner to meet the community. Discussions around women in tech and plans for growing the community got everyone very excited and energized.

    Drawing from the success of this event, the community is planning another one in the fall with a different format and a much larger group so stay tuned!

  • 27 Jun 2022 9:22 AM | Anonymous member

    On June 26th, 2022, the LebNet Bay Area community hosted a gathering event to meet with the Lebanese community in the tech industry and facilitate making new friendships, share ideas and collect feedback and thoughts for the upcoming year.

    The event, which was the first in-person event in two years, drew around 50 people who gathered to network, get to know each other and brainstorm ideas to collaborate and grow the Bay Area community.

    Images via LebNet. Check out all the event's photos here

    “We had a great time and met fantastic people. I’m certainly energized by the community and look forward to growing it!,” said Moussa Zeid, a LebNet Bay Area steering committee member.

    “It was a great event. We got to meet amazing people in the community. I’m really excited for what’s to come!,” said Jeffrey Akiki, a Bay Area steering committee member.

    “We got a great turnout and many new faces! Everyone was very excited about LebNet and the upcoming events. I heard a lot of requests for more casual happy hours. Some people were looking for connections for a job and funding as well,” added Nathalie Saade, who is also a steering committee member.

    This event is one of many future events to come. If you are living in the Bay Area or in the neighboring areas and interested in attending our future events and joining the community, please visit this page for more information.

  • 30 May 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Because we all need a little pause every once in a while, LebNet’s Women in Tech community hosted an online session on May 26th 2022 titled ‘Network and Take a Creative Pause’, to offer a space to reflect on the positive things to hang on to and the negative ones to let go. To do so, the session featured a fun drawing activity where the attendees artistically expressed their best and worst moments from the last two years and discussed them together.  

    The session was moderated by Karine Sarkissian, LebNet WiT Community Co-lead & Networking and Startup Program Lead, and Founding Partner at Tamar Capital. Thanks to the relaxed format, participants enjoyed taking the time to reflect, share their thoughts and live in the moment. 

    “Thank you so much for not rushing us through the activities and for providing a space to share,” said Aya Mouallem, WiT Outreach Program Lead, Electrical Engineering PHD Student at Stanford University, and Co-founder of All Girls Code. 

    This event is a great reminder that everyone needs time to relax, take a deep breath and think despite their hectic work and life schedules. It is one of many events organized by the LebNet Women in Tech community. If you are a Lebanese woman in tech based in the US or Canada and interested in joining this community, make sure you visit this page and stay tuned for more future events. 

  • 18 May 2022 7:37 AM | Anonymous member

    On May 12th, 2022, the LebNet San Diego community hosted an event titled ‘Shine and Dine’, in sponsorship with Joun Technologies

    The event - which was hosted at the University of California San Diego - drew 41 attendees with many newcomers to the tech talent pool in San Diego. You can check out the photos (courtesy of Aziz Gholmieh) by visiting this link

    After a chance to mingle with San Diego residents and enjoy tasty Lebanese food, the evening was kicked off by the community leader Shadi Dayeh and steering committee member Andrew Tebsherani.  

    A presentation followed by LebNet’s Executive Director Jeanine Akiki featuring an update on LebNet’s latest initiatives, dwelling on its mission and vision to enable tech entrepreneurs and professionals of Lebanese descent succeed on a global scale. Layal Rouhana, Women in Tech community lead also presented her community's achievements, initiatives and upcoming events. Below are some of LebNet’s 2021 accomplishments: 

    Akiki also highlighted the recruitment of LebNet steering committee members for the following communities: Women in TechEarly in CareerBiotechBay Area,ArizonaNew YorkPacific Northwest and San Diego

    Lastly, Akiki highlighted the importance of becoming an engaged and subscribed LebNet member to help the organization grow its reach and impact and become financially sustainable. Subscribed members pay a yearly subscription fee, you can find more information on how to subscribe or join LebNet by visiting this page. To conclude the day, the San Diego steering committee members were keen on soliciting feedback from the attendees on LebNet's initiatives and how it can better cater to the San Diego constituents. San Diego’s upcoming event is planned for September and we look forward to more activities to keep the community engaged and energized. 

    Images via Aziz Gholmieh

  • 21 Mar 2022 4:40 PM | Anonymous member

    On March 3rd, 2022, the LebNet New York community hosted its second networking event targeting Lebanese tech enthusiasts and leaders. 

    The event drew a diverse group of over 50 participants in a fun and casual setup, encouraging the community members to get acquainted and be engaged. This is the second of many community huddles the LebNet New York community is planning on hosting in 2022. 

    If you are a Lebanese tech professional or leaders living in New York or in neighboring areas and you are interested in receiving the latest community events and updates, join their LebNet/ New York LinkedIn group on LinkedIn and LebNet’s LinkedIn group

  • 18 Dec 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    In these difficult times, this year’s honorees inspire us with their accomplishments and remind us of the great potential of the Lebanese people.

    To honor some of these successes and recap the year 2021, LebNet virtually hosted its annual holiday on December 15th where it announced the winners of LebNet’s third Bireme award for the following categories: Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Technologist of the Year and Philanthropists of the Year. 

    The event also featured the amazing story of Naji and Jill Boutros, the owners of Chateau Belle-Vue winery in Bhamdoun, Lebanon. Being the proud Lebanese that he is, Naji Boutros came back to his beloved home country and hometown with his wife Jill to achieve his dream of buying back Bhamdoun’s lands and restoring the wine-making heritage of the region. Through this effort, the couple has also endeavored to preserve Bhamdoun’s pristine nature. Watch them in the video below tell their inspiring story, from how they met to leaving a job in Europe and moving to Lebanon to start over. Naji and Jill have built one of the most successful, internationally renowned wineries in Lebanon.

    The second part of the event was dedicated to the Bireme award ceremony. Below are the winners from each category and some inspiring parts from their speech. You can listen to their entire acceptance speech in the video below. 

     Executive of the Year: Rola Dagher, Global Channel Chief at Dell Technologies

    This award recognizes a Tech executive with leadership skills in mid to large size companies who delivered benefits to shareholders and had a positive impact on company culture.  This year’s winner, Rola Dagher, exemplifies these characteristics and went on to give a powerful acceptance speech. The following is an excerpt from her remarks:  “ No one achieves success and greatness on their own. I am as good as my family, my community and my team. No matter how big your title is or what you chase in life, what I’ve learned in the last 14 months of my illness (dealing with long COVID) is that no one will remember you by your car, house, or bank account, but everyone will remember you by your kindness and how you make them feel or inspire them.”

    Technologist of the Year: Shadi Dayeh,  Professor at University of California San Diego PI of the Integrated Electronics and Biointerfaces Lab

    This award recognizes exceptional technical accomplishments with tangible impact on the advancement of technology/science. Professor Dayeh is well deserving of this honor with his work on improving epilepsy treatment. Professor Dayeh graced us with a touching poem that he had written before leaving Lebanon to go to the United States to pursue his masters and PhD. He also added, “We [the Lebanese diaspora] are a community that is defined by grit, our accomplishments are not shaped by our circumstances and we push ourselves beyond the limitations of our fear or ability in order to deliver.” 

    Entrepreneur of the Year: Karim Atiyeh, Co-Founder, CTO at Ramp

    This award recognizes an entrepreneur who is a part of the leadership team of a startup, reaching a major milestone (post series A) that puts the company on the radar screen of the US investor community.  Karim Atiyeh as the co-founder of one of New York City’s fastest growing startups, valued at $ 3.9B was most deserving of this award. Karim remarked on the power of the diaspora in the US in his acceptance speech, “It’s very nice to know that almost wherever you are in the US, there’s always a successful Lebanese person who left Lebanon when they were younger and shaped the terrain to help all of us succeed and I hope I'd be able to do the same thing for the next generation.”

    Philanthropists of the Year: Yalda Aoukar, Roy Baladi, and Neal ElJor Taouk, Co-Founders Jobs for Lebanon

    This award recognizes individuals who are active in service to Lebanon either through their efforts or donations. This year, we are excited to award this honor to three co-founders of Jobs for Lebanon who have built an amazing job platform to connect those in Lebanon with opportunities across the world. Roy credited this award to the entire team, “We have 40 volunteers. They stuck around for a year and a half to create jobs for Lebanese, it’s heartwarming. This award is for them. Today, we have 60,000 expats from 188 countries from New Zealand to Canada who have logged on to the site and created 3500 jobs in all industries. We have 100,000 Lebanese who logged on to the site, 15,000 who applied and 350 have landed jobs. Right now, one person a day on average is landing a job.”

    In her remarks, Neal reminded us of the power of collective effort. “When entire communities come together to bring a sustainable solution to what seems to be an impossible problem, that’s considered a movement. We all love our country and very deep down we do believe there’s something we can do to change the course of its destiny. This victory won’t be led by a single individual, there won’t be one single hero.”

    It was truly an honor to count all of these amazing individuals as members of the Lebanese diaspora. You give us great hope that with you as her children, Lebanon’s light will soon shine bright again.  

  • 01 Nov 2021 7:56 AM | Anonymous member

    Thursday October 21st marked the official launch of the Women in Tech (WIT) LebNet Community. WiT steering committee members, Layal Rouhana, Hala Jalwan, Aya Mouallem, and Karine Sarkissian planned an hour-long networking session focused around “What it Means to be a Great Leader.”

    Ten eager attendees logged in for an intimate virtual exchange. Upon collectively watching a short Ted Talk on the subject by Roselinde Torres, the group was divided into breakout rooms. The conversation was animated and exciting; each member shared their own views on elements that make a great leader. The outcomes that came through were truly motivating and inspiring. One of the teams focused the conversation on the importance of resilience and openness to change, while another discussed the effects of innovation. One of the teams even created a short presentation during their breakout room session featuring historical characters like Abraham Lincoln! However, there was one common link as all three teams seemed to agree on the main elements of preparedness and collaboration.

    While the premise of the event was focused around the subject of great leaders, the conversation remained fun and candid. The mix of attendees varied in age, experience level, and technology sectors. A truly memorable opportunity for the community to learn from one another and gain insights from fellow new friends and colleagues.

    What about you? What do you think makes a great leader?

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