At The Table with Alaa Murabit

Dr. Alaa Murabit is a UN High-Level Commissioner on health, employment, and economic growth. She is one of 17 globally United Nations Sustainable Development Goal advocates, as well as a medical doctor and women's rights champion and strategist. She has traveled the world and met people who are leaders in their own industries. From names that we know to names that we don't, there are people who have championed inclusive leadership more than anything else. At The Table is a collection of in-depth conversations and interviews with leaders in all industries. It's looking at how we create systems and structures and communities and selves that really represent what we need in the world today. It's called At The Table because the single most important thing is for us to create and cultivate spaces. We invite you to connect with, to learn from, and to teach one another about the importance of inclusive leadership. We want to make sure sure that when you are at any table you are bringing somebody with you, an idea with you, or a perspective with you that isn't already there.


episode 12: Finding the Poetry in Advocacy with Najwa Zebian

Lebanese Canadian activist, author, and speaker, Najwa Zebian, joins Alaa on this week’s episode. Najwa discusses what it feels like to belong and not belong at the same time, using her love of poetry to fuel her advocacy and what it means to be our real self.  

Being At The Table means:

“Showing up as the real me and showing up with compassion for both myself, as a human being, and for the person sitting across from me” – Najwa Zebian

Highlights from the Conversation:

  • Living a simple life in Lebanon and the culture shock of coming to Canada at the age of 16
  • Finding her calling as a teacher in university and doing her practicum as Muslim in a Catholic school
  • Growing up with poetry and how it shaped how she looked and interacted with the world
  • Using poetry as a mode for advocacy for change in a system that was not set up for the success of those who did not learn English at a young age
  • Publishing her book during a dark period of her life
  • Choosing our real self
  • And more!

About the Guest:

Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian activist, author, speaker, and educator. Through her three books, her podcast (Stories of the Soul) and her own digital school (Soul Academy), she continues to give a voice to countless souls out there aching to be heard.

About the Host:

Alaa Murabit is an award-winning medical doctor, global security strategist, women’s rights advocate and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment & Economic Growth and Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate.

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