Welcome to Connecting Cultures, located in the heart of the Washington, D.C. metro area. President Lobna "Luby" Ismail is the founder and driving force behind Connecting Cultures.
An American-born Muslim woman of Egyptian descent, I understand the complexity of living between differing cultures and faiths. As the daughter of immigrants living in a small southern Christian community, I served as the unofficial ambassador between those of different races, cultures and faiths. I used my life's passion and convictions to found Connecting Cultures. Over two decades, I have trained individuals, institutions, corporations and communities to employ bridge-building and cross-cultural competence, both nationally and internationally.
My latest work is based on my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Acquiring a disability is like living in a new "culture." I have had to adapt and learn to live, work and move in a range of alternative and diverse ways. For the past year, I have conducted training titled: Disability to Diverse-Ability: Building a Disability Inclusive Work Environment.
Regardless of the dimension of identity, to effectively engage across cultures, religions, races, generations and abilities, you must recognize a multitude of complex factors. Remember, every encounter is a cultural encounter – by realizing this, you begin to reach your full potential towards success.
Lobna "Luby" Ismail
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