“There are two ways to tell your story. Stand up and tell it or wait for someone else to do it.” insists Soraya Deen, founder of The Muslim Women Speakers Movement (MWSM). Ms Deen is an attorney, spiritual activist, author, and motivational speaker. Her book:”SERVE: A Call to Muslims” was reviewed in The Muslim Observer (February 17, 2011).
Ms Deen has announced a Muslim Womens Speakers Movement Speaker Summit in Los Angeles on November 15th at the Pink Studio, 6733 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, #160. The event will begin at 9:00 am and continue until mid afternoon.
In addition, Ms Deen insists on three things Muslim Women must do: Ask for a seat at the table; have an honest appraisal of the status of women in the masjids and the community at large, and remember that one’s silence carries with it the implication that everything is all right.
She further observes that the majority of Americans do not believe Islam is peaceful and not supportive of terrorism. Facts do not appear to be persuasive, but building relationships will be. To do that women must tell their stories but should learn to do so effectively.
Ms Deen is a member of the famous Les Browns Platinum Group of Speakers. She founded the MWSM – an effort toward, in her words, “creating 10,000 voices of hope” to motivate Muslim women to become civic and community activists. In order to optimize these efforts these women should learn to improve leadership and communication skills; enhance their self confidence by overcoming personal shortcomings that would detract from that confidence; build teams and engage in creative problem solving, and use persuasive techniques to reach their audience.
These skills and techniques will be taught at the Summit with a goal that the participants commit to community engagement through social activism.
There will be panel discussions, journals and “fun, food and games”. It will be not only a learning opportunity but an opportunity to bond and form friendships. Top professional speakers will tell their stories of struggles to success.
Registration will begin at 9:00 am. The following is contact information for the event. Web site:www.sorayadeen.com; e mail: <email@example.com>; telephone: (818) 395-2032; registration site: <www.soyayadeen.com/EVENTBRITE.