In the Spring of 2015, a group of motivated Egyptian American young professionals came together with one question in mind: how can we leverage our roots and experiences in America to benefit both the Egyptian American diaspora and our home country as well? From there began the story of the Society of Egyptian American Professionals (SEAP), a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization centered around career and professional development.
In a diaspora with abundant social and cultural organizations, the founders of SEAP chose to instead create a professional network where Americans with Egyptian roots can share their skills, experiences, and aspirations. From brown bag lunches and workshops to speaker events and leadership conferences, SEAP is seeking to bring together the diaspora and shed the light on the largely untapped potential and influence of its members. By creating a space through which young professionals can network with each other, the organization aspires to give Egyptian Americans a voice in the DC area and beyond, and to be a go-to platform that members not only benefit from but also contribute towards. Whether you’re looking to brush up your interview skills, plan for a career move, find a partner for your organization, or simply engage like-minded individuals for insight and advice, SEAP is the place to turn to. As a non-religious, non-political organization, we are open for all Egyptian Americans (interested non-Egyptian Americans are always welcome too!) who want to meet and work with one another in a culturally familiar and trustworthy environment. Through a robust network expanding across the US, SEAP eventually plans to branch out and transfer this collective knowledge and experience to aspiring young professionals in Egypt as well.
Since last summer, the organization held three events in the DMV area. These included a brown bag lunch discussing the art of storytelling and its applications in the professional world, a speaker event on leadership throughout the different stages of one’s career, and an official launch event addressing the importance of diaspora engagement and how Egyptian Americans can benefit from an organization like SEAP. In 2016, we have even bigger plans for our community including but not limited to happy hours, industry-specific roundtables, skill-building workshops, and speaker events discussing various aspects of professional development. As a first and foremost membership-based organization, we are also always open to ideas and suggestions on future projects that can benefit our network. See you at our next event!
Interested in joining SEAP, partnering with us, or learning more about our organization? Here’s how we can be reached:
• Website: http://joinseap.org/
• Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/joinseap
• LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8401555
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (for potential members) or email@example.com (for general questions)