By Mina Amir-Mokri
On June 24, 2010, Shabeh Jomeh, a not-for-profit networking group for Iranian-American Professionals was honored in an award ceremony by the Cook County Treasurer’s Office in Chicago, Illinois . Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer, recognized 49 ethnic chambers of commerce and business organizations in the award ceremony.
The Cook County Treasurer recognized that strengthening individual ethnic groups fosters a stronger society, and the occasion of the award ceremony served to celebrate the diversity of Chicago and its ethnic communities, and to provide a forum in which leaders of the various ethnic communities could seek to establish ties amongst themselves and work together to achieve common goals for the benefit of the greater Chicago community. Indeed, the Cook County Treasurer suggested that she would make her office available as a venue for future collaboration among the leaders of the various organizations being honored.
Neda Nabavi, Vice President of Exchange Member Services at NYSE LIFFE and Executive Director of Shabeh Jomeh and founder of Shabeh Jomeh’s Chicago Chapter said, “It was an honor to be recognized as part of Chicago’s diverse ethnic landscape. As Iranian-Americans, it is refreshing to be recognized for positive contributions to the Chicago community as a whole.”
Shabeh Jomeh provides a venue for Iranian-Americans to meet and learn more about their community, exchange ideas, engage in new ventures to introduce Iranian-Americans to the greater community, and learn about the accomplishments of Iranian-Americans of diverse backgrounds. Shabeh Jomeh convenes on the third Thursday evening of every month in major metropolitan cities around the world. (www.shabehjomeh.com).