Inclusion NextWork is thrilled and honored to have the following IDEAS Leaders joining us as keynote speakers at the IDEAS for the Future Summit August 23rd and 24th!
Firas Nasr, Friday Keynote
Firas Nasr is the founder of WERK for Peace, which was founded in response to the pulse Nightclub shooting. WERK for Peace is a queer and trans grassroots movement that uses all forms of dance to promote peace. WERK for Peace has organized dance protests at the houses of Mike Pence, Ivanka Trump, and others to demand change around issues pertinent to the queer and trans experience, and has gone viral several times doing so.
Rana Abdelhamid, Saturday Keynote
Rana Abdelhamid is committed to organizing communities around migrant, gender and racial justice. For ten years, Abdelhamid has served as the Executive Director of Malikah, a global grassroots movement committed to building safety and power for all women through self-defense, healing justice, community organizing and financial literacy. She founded Malikah at the age of 16 after being attacked by a stranger, who tried to remove the hijab from her head. Today, Abdelhamid and her volunteer team of women conduct healing spaces and have trained more than 7,000 women in 18 cities across the globe. For the past three years, Malikah has held the National Muslim Women's Summit at Harvard University, training 50 Muslim American women in leadership and community organizing.
Abdelhamid's organizing work has always been rooted in building solidarity across communities domestically and abroad. During the Arab Spring, Abdelhamid was involved in mobilizing diaspora communities in solidarity with grassroots activists in Egypt. After the "Muslim ban" was passed, she helped organize thousands of people across Boston for the 20,000-person Copley Square protest and spoke alongside Senator Elizabeth Warren, among others. After the murder of Nabra Hassanen, Abdelhamid and her team worked to mobilize tens of thousands of people across ten cities in under 24 hours for prayers and vigils in her remembrance.
In 2013, Abdelhamid started Hijabis of NY, an online platform that highlights the stories of hijabi women. In 2017, she also coedited and published Muslim Women's Stories, a collection of narratives from young Muslim women across the US. She is highly committed to the global human rights movement and is one of youngest serving board members of Amnesty International USA. Abdelhamid has a BA from Middlebury in International Politics and Economics and a master's degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where her research was focused on policy interventions to mitigate the prevalence of domestic violence in Queens, NY and on refugee integration policy in the US.
In 2017, Abdelhamid was named one of the 17 women who "Rocked the Resistance" in 2017 and is frequently called "the Muslim Black Belt." She has been named a Truman Scholar, a Running Start Rising Political Star and has received both a NYC Council Proclamation and an International Youth Advocate award by the UNAUSA Foundation.
Lara Nina Shabb, Saturday Keynote
Lara straddles two worlds: media and wellness. She is Chief of Staff of the new Doha Debates, a multimedia initiative that seeks collaborative solutions to global challenges through debate and individual action. Lara helps oversee the production of a livestreamed debate, a digital series, a podcast, and television treatments. Before joining Doha Debates, Lara was a partnerships fellow at the Associated Press, where she developed standards around partnerships and tools for AP journalists to log standards reviews worldwide.
Before moving to New York from Beirut, Lara was Managing Editor of the Outpost, an award-winning magazine covering Arab sociopolitical issues. She was also the Associate Director of Angela M. Solomon Communications, a boutique consulting firm serving governments and UN bodies.
Lara is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she focused on emerging business models and management. She has a digital marketing certificate from the École Supérieure des Affaires Business School. She completed her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College, where she studied philosophy, fine arts and Italian — studying between Vermont and the sunshine of Florence, Italy.
Lara is passionate about yoga, meditation, and other healing modalities. She is a 1,000 HR certified yoga teacher.
Brittany Harris, Closing Keynote
Brittany J. Harris is the Vice President of Learning & Innovation at The Winters Group, Inc., a global diversity and inclusion consulting firm. In her role, Brittany is responsible for curating and facilitating learning experiences that shift perspectives, change hearts, and empower action in service of equity, justice, and inclusion. Brittany supports non-profit and for-profit organizations in designing high-impact learning and education programs that focus on competency building around diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence and “meeting people where they are” in their journey.
Prior to joining The Winters Group, Brittany held human resources, diversity management, affirmative action compliance, and consulting roles in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and Tampa Bay, FL. A graduate of Howard University, Brittany holds an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism. She also received her Masters in Human Resources Management, with a concentration on Diversity and Inclusion Management, from Georgetown University. Brittany is a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®).
Brittany currently serves on a curriculum advisory board for Baltimore City Public Schools’ BeMORE Me Initiative, and has previously served on boards for The Florida Diversity Council, Women in Cable Telecommunications Florida, The Pinellas County Urban League Young Professionals, and The Greater Baltimore Leadership Association. She is a mom to a beautiful boy named Braxton, and currently resides in Baltimore County, MD.