WED. JAN 13 | Post-Show Discussion with Aaron Jenkins, Michael Levett, and Nadia S. Hassan
Following the 8:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion and talkback with Aaron Jenkins, Michael Levett, and Nadia S. Hassan.
Aaron “AJ” Jenkins wants to live in a world where our faith beliefs, our culture and our politics are bridges of connection instead of areas of disconnection. A sought after public speaker and presenter, he’s addressed national conferences and local faith communities (Sixth & I Synagogue, Northern VA Baha’i Center, New Solid Rock Church Ministries), has been featured in publications such as the Washington Post and Collected Young Minds and has trained and mentored high school students to be community builders. When he’s not connecting to different communities, you can find him spending time with his niece or reading large amounts of books and publications from Octavia Butler to the Atlantic Magazine. One of his favorite projects — mentoring college students and connecting high school students to cool opportunities — is on-going. Want to connect? Meet him on Twitter and build at @ajoudc.
NADIA S. HASSAN
Nadia is the co-founder of Young Leaders Institute, which empowers youth to become social innovators and change agents in their communities.
Previously, Nadia served as the Government Relations and Interfaith Relations Coordinator at ISNA’s DC Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances. Nadia has an MBA from Bentley University, where she did her thesis in Islamic Finance and the Islamic Economic Model. In 2011, Nadia founded the Villa Park Peace Coalition after the Republican tea party's heinous protest outside of the ICNA fundraiser in Nadia's hometown of Yorba Linda, CA. As a means to counteract hate against Muslims, Nadia fervently speaks out nationally against bigotry, racism and religious intolerance. Nadia led the Villa Park Peace Coalition to a victory which resulted in the defeat of the Villa Park councilwomen who delivered an egregious (publicly humiliating) hate speech against the Muslim community. Her activism has gained her media attention on CNN, Washington Post, USA Today, Al Jazeera (just to name a few) as well as board and committee appointees with several non-profit and interfaith organizations. Nadia's personal experience with Islamophobia has allowed her to redirect her talents toward writing, education, public speaking and empowering women and youth across the nation. Nadia is currently serving as a Girl Scout Troup leader under the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. Nadia empowers the girls she mentors with her mantra to "live with purpose" and "to love for others what you love for yourself".
Mr. Levett is a leading expert in private sector led economic development, working with companies, governments and organizations on initiatives that promote local economic opportunity and growth in emerging and frontier markets. He was among the first to focus on expanding the capacity of local companies to capture and implement supply chain contracts, and investment strategies to support family and national wealth creation by significantly increasing local SMEs participation in the global economy. As CEO of CDC Development Solutions (now PYXERA Global), Mr. Levett led the organization’s expansion into more than 80 countries, and established its global reputation before leaving to become Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC where he published a major report on the business case for expanding supply chain local content for development. He is Social Innovation Fellow at Babson College and a board member of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds.
Mr. Levett was founding President of Business for Social Responsibility, held vice presidencies at Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Dino DeLaurentiis Corp., worked as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, and was a White House Fellow and a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.