Lobna “Luby” Ismail
Lobna “Luby” Ismail, president of Connecting Cultures, LLC, is dedicated to building cultural competence in diverse and global settings. She is an inspirational public speaker and powerful trainer and coach with over twenty years of experience. Luby’s reputation and strong experience is in communication across cultures, Arab cultures, engaging with U.S. Americans, Islamic awareness and Diversity & Inclusion. Luby has published articles and books on Arab Cultures, Islam and American Muslims. Selected as a Peace Fellow for Seeds of Peace and a Malone Fellow in Middle East and Islamic Studies by the National Council for U.S. and Arab Relations, Luby participated in a study visit to Saudi Arabia. She is a keynote speaker and presenter at conferences around the world including Human Capital Forum in South America, the Arabian Society for Human Resource Management Conference and the Society for Human Resources. Luby assisted in the development of My Fellow American, America’s Unofficial Ambassadors and 20,000 Dialogues to stimulate dialogue across faiths. She holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley College and a B.A. in International Service from The American University. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, including Bosnia and Croatia, and Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Jordan, Palestine, Israel and Peru, Singapore, Colombia, and Mexico. Luby’s clients include Federal and State agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and private corporations including Microsoft, Walt Disney World, U.S. Departments of Justice and State, CVS, Darden Restaurants, King Abdullah University for Science and Technology, Foreign Service Institute, NIKE. Luby received the 2012 Arab American Anti-Discrimination Honoring the Achievements of Extraordinary Arab-American Women Award.
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