The e-collaborate team with author Homa Sabet Tavangar.

The e-collaborate team with author Homa Sabet Tavangar

Today was a good day. It was an interesting day and overall our first event as e-collaborate was a success.  We hosted author Homa Sabet Tavangar at Busboys and Poets on 5th and K Street for a lunch event and had a great turnout! We were so happy that so many people were able to see Carolyne from Maury Elementary and Laura from Ashoka’s Empathy initiative, speak about their work.  It was also wonderful to share our story about how we began and the journey of how we got to where we are today. 

 After I explained e-collaborate, I had the honor to introduce Homa to the crowd.  Homa took the stage with grace and confidence, the same qualities I admired about her when the e-collaborate team saw her speak at a conference last year.  Curve balls kept getting thrown our way, but Homa handled them quite well, even when the fire alarm went off during her presentation (I guess this will be an event our guests remember for a long time!)

 As expected, Homa shared wonderful pictures and anecdotes about raising her three girls and living in many different countries. She captivated the audience with her stories and left a lasting impression. To me the best part of the day was after the presentation when many members of the community from the audience came up to us to say that they now understand what we do and were happy to be part of the conversation on global citizenship.  One of my former colleagues mentioned how much there is to learn on the topic and how much more there is to explore.  One of the best things about Growing Up Global is that it offers tangible ways to make your family more aware of the world that surrounds them.  It offers different perspectives and makes it easy to engage by trying simple things you already do on a daily basis with a small twist. 

 Again, I would like to thank everyone who came, donated, or just wished us luck on this event. I would also like to thank Homa for coming down to DC and sharing her story.  We had a great time talking about our ideas with the community and I look forward to sharing our next event with you. 

Naina Boveja

Executive Director and Co-founder of e-collaborate