Emerging community leaders begin fourth annual ISB institute.

ATLANTA - GeorgiaChron -- The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta Leadership Institute (ISBLI), in partnership with Global Education at Kennesaw State University trains and cultivates civic leaders who create positive and constructive changes within communities and add value in the public square.

"The ISBLI Class of 2023 is a group of exceptional emerging leaders who already make a difference in our community," said Soumaya Khalifa, ISB executive director.  "By providing them with opportunities to engage with some of Atlanta's most respected leaders, we know that they will gain skills and confidence and will contribute even more to improving our society."

Members of the 2023 ISBLI Cohort are:
  • Fatma Abdel Salam, BWF Program Manager; Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina- Charlotte
  • Rashad Abdul-Azeem, Cybersecurity Consultant, IT Management, Techinetics
  • Aneesha Akhtar, Senior Project Manager, PMP
  • Saif Al Majidi, Bilingual Case Manager, Giving Kitchen
  • Richa Bhattarai, Doctoral student, Kennesaw State (KSU)
  • Taib Biygautane, PhD candidate, Graduate Research Assistant, Kennesaw State (KSU)
  • Rita Kettani-Christiansen, Doctoral student, Kennesaw State (KSU)
  • Shahana Rahman, Senior Project Manager, PMP; MBA Student
  • Nicole Wiesen, Regional Coordinator, Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration, MLK Sr. Collaborative

At the inaugural session of the 4th ISBLI ( on January 21, 2023, the nine members of the 2023 cohort began the nine-month program by discussing leadership styles.  The following sessions include personal and organizational leadership skill-building, communication, advocacy, inclusion and conflict resolution.  Each session is facilitated by top non-profit and corporate leaders, with panel discussions and interactive learning.   The class will have opportunities to practically apply their new skills through developing and implementing a service project for a community-based organization.  ISBLI has developed a partnership with The Giving Kitchen (  for this year's project.  The cohort will collaborate with The Giving Kitchen offering its expertise and new learnings while gaining real-life experience and a deeper understanding of the struggles of many food service workers.

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For more information, please contact ISB ( executive director Soumaya Khalifa at 678-523-5080.

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About ISB:  ISB is one of Atlanta's most visible and successful community-building organizations.  Our goal is to be a resource for faith and civic cooperation that promotes understanding and inclusion and that fights bigotry through education and collaboration.  Since 2001, the ISB has been engaging a wide variety of audiences including public and private schools, universities, healthcare providers, corporations, law enforcement agencies, and civic and faith based organizations. Our programs focus on improving religious literacy, developing and recognizing leadership, and working with young people to prepare the next generation of leaders for our complicated world.

Soumaya Khalifa

Source: Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta

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