Program

10:00 (10:00 AM)
Breaking the Shackles
We live in an era where mental health issues are prevalent and common in our muslim community. This lecture explores the common mental health problems and the importance of seeking help when needed for a better quality of life and future; how can we reduce the stigma in our community to help each other; and the importance of open communication in families and communities on abuse and neglect.

Dr. Farah Islam
11:15 (11:15 AM)
Power of Gratitude
Having gratitude is the best attitude! There is nothing more powerful than gratitude - to heal hearts, to create resilience, to forge lasting change. Only when our hearts are full of gratitude can we commit to a life of service towards others. Amplifying the voices and needs of others begins with us and gratitude is the launching pad. In this session, you will learn tools to increase gratitude that improves your overall life.

Haleh Banani
14:00 (2:00 PM)
Seham's Boutique Jeopardy Gameshow

Toks Bakinson
14:20 (2:20 PM)
Strength from Suffering: Story of Umm Salama
O’Allah, recompense me for my affliction and replace it for me with something better.(Hadith) Everyone loves stories and this story will increase your love for this woman, who was chosen by Allah(SWT) to be one of the mothers of the believers. You will learn about this amazing woman and the extremely difficult trials she went through that made her achieve excellence in her deen. It’s a heartbreaking and heartwarming story of our beloved mother. You will learn about the important lessons that can be applied to our current life: to have tawakkul in Allah; the power of dua, modesty, and worship.

Fuseina Mohamad
15:10 (3:10 PM)
Family Feud

Toks Bakinson
15:30 (3:430 PM)
YOLO: You Only Live Once
“The Finish Line”, by Amal Albaz, is a poem that explores the concept of death as a reminder to do our part and leave a legacy. As Albaz summarizes “You can’t decide how you die; but you can decide how you live.

Amal Albaz
16:00 (4:00 PM)
Good Deeds that Endure
When we leave this world, our book of deeds closes with the exception of a select few opportunities to earn good deeds. Sadaqah jaariyah (ongoing charity) offers us the amazing opportunity to continue reaping rewards long after we are gone. What deeds can we sow in this dunya in order to reap the harvest in the aakhirah? Allah says, “The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient, All-Knower.” (2:261). Join us to discover how we can raise our status in Paradise even after our death.

Rania Lawendy
18:15 (6:15 PM)
Runway the Modest Way
Muslimah Attire Fashion Show

Toks Bakinson
18:40 (6:40 PM)
Eyes on Ehsaan
The age old question: can women have it all? If yes, how do we do this? Muslim women wear multiples hats in our lives; we are mothers, wives, professionals, teachers, believers. How can we strive for excellence in every aspect of our lives in order to please our lord? In this session, you will learn tools on how to keep your life balanced through "Striving to improve yourself, cultivating your skills, and building your community and committing yourself to your creator".

Haleh Banani
19:20 (7:20 PM)
Loving for a Higher Purpose
One of the most profound experiences we can have in our lives is our relationships. How can we strengthen these ties so that our relations become an act of worship? Dunia Shuaib will be providing insight on this through the quran and sunnah. She will also provide us with tips on how to cultivate our relationships by being mindful and diligent in our interactions.

Dunia Shuaib
20:10 (8:10 PM)
Muslimah Rising: The Game Changer Round table
A Muslimah is never complacent. She is committed, she is resolved, and she is always seeking the next opportunity to re-define success. This panel gives us a unique glimpse into the lives of our tremendously accomplished speakers and what it takes to live a life of ehsaan. You heard them throughout the day, now hear them one more time, together, in an epic panel session with true game changers, our esteemed speakers!

Panel Speakers
09:30 (9:30 AM)
New Muslims - Meet and Greet Session
Kristina Essa and Fuseina Mohamed
11:05 (11:05 AM)
Breast Health 101
Breast cancer. We’ve all heard of it. But do we know enough? In this workshop Karla Heintz debunks myths surrounding breast cancer. She will provide participants with up to date information on how to become more breast aware, reducing the risks, early detection and screening, support and informational services that are available for further research.

Karla Heintz
14:00 (2:00 PM)
Marketing Yourself as a Muslimah
Feel like you stand out as a Muslimah? During this workshop, Souad Farag shows us how we can make our personal strengths and skills stand out. Upon completion, participants will have a solid strategy to strengthen our personal brand without losing sight of who we are.

Souad Farag
14:35 (2:35 PM)
Chanel Your Inner Creativity
Creative expressions can alter the ways in which you and others see the world. In this workshop Amal Albaz shows us the importance of pushing beyond our limits to get to the heart of our creative selves in both personal and professional capacities.

Amal Albaz
15:15 (3:15 PM)
Ready for Ramadan? Make the Most out of the Blessed Month
Join us for an Urdu instructed workshop by Dr. Jawaria Saeed on the holy month of Ramadan. Many sisters experience guilt during Ramadan because we feel that our other duties take time away from worshipping Allah (swt). This session will cover practical tips for participants to get the most out of Ramadan and bring barakah to all that we do.

Dr. Jawaria Saeed
18:30 (6:30 PM)
Networking Event
Are you interested in expanding your network in a safe environment? Join us at Being ME's first Networking session for business owners, students, career women, and anyone who is interested in networking with a diverse group of professionals.

Hosted by Souad Farag
19:40 ( 7:40 PM)
Mic Drop
10:30 (10:30 AM)
1. “He found you lost and guided you”: Putting your Trust in the Best of Planners
Hate making decisions? Wary of commitment? Afraid of the risks? Do not know what you want out of your life? Learn how to make use of the abilities and talents that Allah (swt) provided you with. In this workshop Fuseina Mohamad will set you on the path of comfort in uncertainty about who you are, in favour of living in the here and now.

Fuseina Mohamad
11:25 (11:25 AM)
2. A Love Made in Jannah: Nurturing the Best Marriage
What makes a great marriage? In this workshop, Dr. Dahlia Mostafa breaks down some of the most common issues that couples face and how to resolve them. Participants will learn effective communication techniques, time management skills, conflict resolution and other essential skills to maintain a thriving and healthy marriage.

Dr. Dahlia Mostafa
14:05 (2:05 PM)
3. Healthy Healing after Ending Relationships
Divorce is one of life's most difficult and liberating; emotional and financial transitions. In this session Dunia Shuaib goes through some tools, techniques and strategies to get you and your children's lives back on track. She provides insight into rediscovering yourself and setting empowering goals for yourself to move you forward in your lives.

Dunia Shuaib
15:00 (3:00 PM)
4. “With Hardship comes Ease”: Learning from Hopelessness
During this workshop, participants will explore the concept of hopelessness with Haleh Banani. In varying situations, we all experience negative thoughts and helplessness, but how do we learn from these experiences? Participants will leave with an understanding of how to critically reflect on life's difficulties and what we learn through them. Allah (swt) is Al-Hakim (The All Wise), thus, everything that happens is a lesson to be learned or a dua to be answered. What that lesson is, will be unique to each person and can only be understood in the context of your life.

Haleh Banani
17:00 (5:00 PM)
5. Love, Intimacy and Marriage (Q&A)
Intimacy is a topic that is rarely discussed in mainstream muslim conferences which results in issues that often go unaddressed. Intimacy and pleasure is not haram. Having increased sexual drive does not mean one has less iman (faith). However, iman does help to control these desires in a way that is halal and permissible for you. Physical, emotional and sexual intimacy between a husband and a wife is a private but also a beautiful and important part of the relationship. When concerns arise in this area, who do we go to to help us address it? Furthermore, how do we experience the most pleasure from our spouse? And how do we provide the most pleasure to our spouse? Ask your questions and learn some practical tips to increase the pleasure and intimacy in your relationship!

Haleh Banani
18:30 (6:30 PM)
6. Raising God Conscious Kids: The Importance of Children’s Education and Development
Raising kids is no easy feat. In this workshop, Noureen Tilly provides practical insight into raising resilient children from birth to adulthood. At the end of the workshop, parents will: (a) get a grasp of the difficulties youth face today from the society, internal struggles with aqeedah and belief and (b) a foundation on which parents can cultivate the remembrance of Allah (swt) in themselves and their children over time.

Noureen Tilly
10:45 (10:45 AM)
Ages 4 - 6 - Listening Games - What time is it Mr. Wolf? & Simon says
Age 7-10 Ramadan Lanterns

11:05 (11:05 AM)
Stories from the Quran

11:30 (11:30 AM)
Ages 4-6 Puppets of Animals in the Quran
Ages 7-10 Stories from the Quran

14:00 (2:00 PM)
Ages 4-6 Nap Time
Ages 7-10 Thinking outside the box-Tallest tower

14:40 (2:40 PM)
Ages 4-6 Ramadan Lanterns
Ages 7-10 Dua Book for Ramadan

15:00 ( 3:00 PM)
Ages 4-6 Dua Book for Ramadan
Ages 7-10 Movie, Snacks and Discussion

15:45 ( 3:45 PM)
Ages 4-6 Origami
16:25 (4:25 PM)
Ages 4-6 Mind Stimulating Puzzles
19:15 ( 6:15 PM)
Ages 4-6 Movie Time
Ages 7-10 Islamic Trivia and Board Games

19:45 (7:45 PM)
Ages 4-6 Group Discussion
9:30 (9:30 AM)
Introductions and Ice Breakers