Rawan Zeine

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rawan zeine Hello, my name is Rawan Zeine. I am the second of four children. My older sister Hala was always a star, singing famous Arabic songs and imitating actors. In the meantime, I was shy, didn’t start speaking until I was three years old. My younger sister Nadine would join me in my studies and my mom would say, “look, Nadine memorized all the material before you.” Discouraged, I always thought I was a failure and hence rarely stepped up to take responsibility. I felt I was average in every way.  Until, when living in Egypt, my gym teacher, Mr. Criens, asks me to be the track manager of the school team. I was shocked. Gym class was where I had all my embarrassing stories! But being the shy person that I was I couldn’t say no. So every morning I would wake up and take attendance, set up the field and take time for the runners. I discovered that I could step up for responsibility. And when I did, I found my voice in the arts. I went back to band, I did back-stage theater, made short films, etc. When I moved back to Jordan, I started an initiative called Ta3leeleh where people can come and share their ideas, interests, observations and experiences.  But I realized that wasn’t enough, I wanted to do more! I took the Leading Change course with the Harvard Executive School and I found a way to empower people like my gym teacher did for me. And that is why I am called to organizing.

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