11th Annual Convention at the University of Southern California

April 6 - 8, 2018

LCN Family, convention time is upon us!

We are extremely proud to announce that the 11th annual convention of the Lebanese Collegiate Network (LCN) will be hosted at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California from April 6 – 8th, 2018!

Last year, University of Michigan, Dearborn won the LCN’s Most Outstanding University Lebanese Club award. With 24 University Lebanese Clubs registered this year and the LCN entering over a decade since its inception, there is no doubt that this convention promises to be one of the best to date.

The national convention is LCN’s hallmark event, and we cannot wait to see you there! The goal of the LCN is to create an environment that fosters the growth and development of upcoming leaders through workshops and training sessions. These leadership sessions will provide the tools necessary for open-minded discussion and healthy dialogue. Leadership qualities are cultivated by establishing common ground and problem solving skills, as well as promoting research and community involvement. The annual convention not only provides the opportunity to develop and hone these skills through the leadership workshops and training, but also gives members access to a lasting network of peers and professionals located throughout the United States and the world.

Convention registration is easy. Every page on the convention registration site has the registration link to Eventbrite. [Remember to register early; prices will increase periodically as we get closer to the date and tickets are likely to sell out!]

The LCN is excited to be partnering with the USC Lebanese Club in hosting this year’s convention. Hotel reservations for the Radisson Midtown Hotel at USC are automatically preset for Friday, April 6 – Sunday, April 8, 2018.

If you are arriving or departing at an alternative time, please remember to adjust the reservation dates before purchase. A special rate has been secured for the nights of the convention. You may reserve your convention hotel room here. You can use promo code LBGLN or call (213) 748-4141 and let them know you are part of the Lebanese Collegiate Network group to get the discount!

Travel accommodations are also made separately from convention registration. The closest airport to the University of Southern California and the hotel is the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Make sure you apply to the many scholarships we offer. Descriptions, applications, and deadlines may be found here.

A detailed Convention Schedule is forthcoming. Please check in again at a later time.

Remember, the LCN convention is open to everyone! Share this information with your peers and club members. We encourage you to invite students and alumni from across the United States!

We are confident you will enjoy the programs that are offered at this year’s convention. Due to the nature of the convention, all ticket purchases are non-refundable.


For more information, please email Vice President of Events, Mia Chalhoub, [email protected]

Convention Tickets

Remember to register early; prices will increase periodically as we get closer to the date and tickets are likely to sell out! Due to the nature of the convention, all ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Buy your convention ticket here.

Hotel Reservation

This year, we will be staying at Radisson Midtown Hotel at USC located at 3540 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA.

The LCN is proud to provide its members with a discounted rate for the hotel. This discount will expire on March 7, 2018 and space is limited, so be sure to reserve your rooms early to secure a room at the discounted convention price. You can use promo code LBGLN or call (213) 748-4141 and let them know you are part of the Lebanese Collegiate Network Convention. 

Reserve Here!

Getting Here

  • By air:  Los Angeles International (LAX) or Bob Hope/Burbank Airport (BUR)  
  • By bus or rail: Click here to see the LA Metro website for more information. There is a metro and bus stop on Figueroa and Jefferson (Walking distance to the Radisson Hotel) 
  • By car: Use  Lyft or Uber (Estimated cost $25-30) or use Google Maps to find us! If you are driving, the Radisson Hotel has offered us a discount parking rate of $15/night. 


The 2018 Convention schedule will be ready soon!

Keynote Speakers

Friday Night Keynote Speaker

Angela Haddad is the Founder & VR Creative Director behind the leading VR/AR art studio One Third Blue. The studio’s portfolio includes clients like Marie Claire, Snapchat, AlJazeera, LiveNation, Walmart Labs, and more. Angela is one of ten global Microsoft Creator Council members for 3D & Mixed Reality products and a twice Oculus Launchpad Fellow.

Prior to One Third Blue, Angela worked across the spectrum of VR on animation and live action, leading projects in concept development, production, postproduction, direction, and UI/UX design for entertainment as well as learning/ training applications.

Angela holds a BA from UC Berkeley and has co-authored an IEEE op-ed. She and her work have been featured in or at SXSW, Buzzfeed, VRScout, Cheddar, and she has spoken at SAG-AFTRA, UCLA Anderson, VRLA, NAB, and more.

To learn more about Angela & One Third Blue, visit onethirdblue.com.

Friday Night Keynote Speaker

Sami Ramly is a VR/AR Product Lead and member of the select Product Leaders group at Products That Count in Silicon Valley. Most recently he led product management at Wevr, the renowned VR startup specializing in producing and distributing award-winning VR experiences (2 out of 10 Best VR of 2016 according to TechCrunch). Sami headed the Product efforts for Transport, the native network for VR creators and their audience. Previously, he worked in Product on 3D Printing & 3D Scanning at Microsoft, where he shipped Microsoft’s first 3D Scan app for Windows 10. He also held several other roles in engineering, business and product management at Silicon Valley startups and accelerators, including StartX.
Sami is a VR/AR Mentor & Faculty at VRARA, as well as a Mentor at Stanford, UCLA, SIGGRAPH, LIFE, LebNet and others. He has co-authored an IEEE publication and has spoken about VR & AR at CES, Digital Hollywood, Plug & Play, Hero City, UC Berkeley, UCLA Anderson, Otis, and numerous leading industry events. He also sits on the Executive Board of Predictera, the Advisory Board of UCLA Extension School’s Product Management Program, the Advisory Board of USC Marshall’s Entrepreneur and Venture Management Association, and the Advisory Board of Rabbit Hole VR, Stanford’s VR/AR maker community, featured in Business Insider as a place where “the next big thing in VR could come”.

Saturday Morning Keynote Speaker

Wissam Takieddine was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1989. He spent his early childhood in Lebanon while his father was rebuilding hospitals after the war. He studied Construction Engineering Management at California State University Northridge and proceeded to work at The Eden Group where he serves as the Vice President today.

Early experiences living in Lebanon led him to develop a passion for giving back to his community by utilizing the power of the people. Passionate about the environment, Wissam started an initiative in his home town called BACLEAN, which organizes community-based events such as nature cleanups and awareness campaigns. In 2014, he was appointed as the US Ambassador to the Shouf Biosphere Reserve which is the largest protected biosphere in the Middle East. In 2017, he was voted to serve as the President of the LA Cedars Rotary club which has implemented a vast portfolio of local and international projects including water filtration for public schools in Lebanon, medical equipment distribution, homeless initiatives, and a community garden in Hollywood.

Wissam enjoys meeting people from other cultures, hiking the mountains that surround LA, traveling to new places, fishing, and crossing items off his bucket list.

Saturday Night Keynote Speaker

Dr. Magid Abraham is Executive Chairman of Upskill, an Augmented Reality company for upskilling industrial workers, and most recently Executive Chairman of comScore.  He was founding CEO of comScore for 14 years, which he took public in 2007, focusing on innovation and industry leadership. He was founder and CEO of Paragren Technologies, producing CRM systems. He was president of IRI, a major international research company, which he led through sustained growth and innovation. He became a Visiting Scholar at Stanford in 2016, where he continues teaching at the Graduate School of Business.  He serves on a number of commercial and institutional boards.

Dr. Abraham is a world expert on consumer and market measurement and analytics He has authored seminal award winning articles. He received the Advertising Research Foundation’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”. He earned the AMA’s Parlin award and MIT’s Buck Weaver award, both in recognition for lifetime contributions and leadership in the theory and practice of Marketing Science. He was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year and inducted in the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and designated “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum. Dr. Abraham received a Ph.D. and an M.B.A. from MIT, and is engineer of the École Polytechnique, France.


Running an Effective Meeting

Have you ever participated in a meeting that took too long? Do you wish your voice better influenced the group’s final decision? Parliamentary procedures (Robert’s Rules of Order) gives you the means to run more effective meetings and a greater opportunity to persuade. Application of this knowledge will improve your leadership skills in all organizations including University Lebanese Clubs and the LCN.

Serge Haddad, P.E., M.S. is a co-Founder and former President of the Lebanese Collegiate Network (LCN).  He has served on multiple LCN committees and is the former Executive Director for the Western Regional Division.  He is a graduate from both Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California.  Mr. Haddad is a registered Civil Engineer in California and the Manager of the Construction Management Group at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  For over 15 years with the City, his experience has included structural design, project management, construction, City Council liaison, and water recycling.   Mr. Haddad is active in the Lebanese American community and served as President of the Los Angeles Cedars Rotary Club.  He also serves on the Planning Commission for the City of Temple City.

Women in STEM | An Unpredictable Journey

 Jeanine Akiki will share her exciting journey that started in Beirut Lebanon in the 70s and 80s.   Please come to hear her adventures on coming to the US and her challenges and successes of being an engineer, a wife and a mother.

Jeanine Akiki is a proud native of Beirut, Lebanon who came to the U.S. in 1983.  She graduated with a B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) in electrical engineering from Western New England University in 1986 and went on to earn an M.S. in electrical engineering in 1987 from The University of Vermont.  

Over her 30 years in the industry, she has led large teams, projects and managed operational budgets in excess of $200M in spend.  Her career has spanned assignments in engineering, product and project management and operations. 

Jeanine started with IBM as a design engineer in Vermont in 1988.  After her son was born in 1995, she began her first of many management assignments, leading a design tools and verification team.  She was recognized with an IBM Division Award for Management Excellence.  In 2015, IBM sold its microelectronics business to Globalfoundries where she became Director, ASIC design services.  

Residing in San Diego, California, Jeanine and her husband Fram (also an electrical engineer), have a son, Samer (22) who completed his BSEE and is now pursuing his MBA at Clarkson University and a daughter, Maya (18) who is a senior in high school. Her hobbies include teaching Arabic, cooking and hiking.


Situational Negotiations

Sevag Sislian is a director and a member of the Global Strategic Sourcing senior leadership team at Amgen, one of the worlds’ largest biotechnology companies. At Amgen, he oversees the internal sourcing strategy for delivery devices and technology  and leads the Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) program. Sev joined Amgen in 2012 and has assumed increasing levels of responsibility and scope; he has led multiple strategic negotiations for Amgen both in public and private (development/supply) deals. He has also been a part of three combination product launches. Prior to Amgen, he completed his Commercial Leadership Program at GE Energy in 2009, where he then managed wholesale distribution and sales in Arizona and Nevada.

Sev is a co-founder of the LCN and has taken on the roles of VP of Membership, Treasurer and President in his 4 years of service. He continues to be involved in multiple LCN initiatives and has added multiple LCN members to his professional teams over the years.

Sev holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a dual B.S. from the University of Southern California in Chemical Engineering and Math Economics

From Conflict to Connection: Managing Interpersonal Relationships in Personal and Professional Settings

Want to live a long, successful, and happy life? Focus on cultivating healthy relationships. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the impact that our relationships have on our health, learn about the power of cooperation in maximizing success at work, and focus on how to avoid common mistakes when dealing with conflict in romantic and professional scenarios.

Atina Manvelian is a relationship scientist, consultant, and therapist. Sponsored by a National Science Foundation Research Fellowship, Atina is pursuing her PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Arizona. As her primary focus, Atina conducts research on how relationships change, dissolve, and impact our lives over time. She designs and executes intervention studies that focus on utilizing the power of our romantic and social connections to improve health and longevity.

Atina serves as a therapist for individuals, couples, and families in her community and guides people through difficult life stages including loss, stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, childhood/parenting issues, and marital dysfunction. She also works as a relationship consultant and enjoys helping others create healthy romantic relationships and recover from breakups or divorce. Atina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Biological Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona.



The Skills You Need to Get the Job You Want

This workshop focuses on defining the purpose of a resume and the context it should provide to
recruiters. Attendees will be introduced to Action Words, S-A-R bullets and overall resume
structures. The workshop will be interactive and participants will have opportunities to work in
pairs to analyze bullets and provide suggestions.

Dr. Patrick Sislian is the CEO of Deton (www.detoncorp.com). He has raised more than $1.5MM, built a management team, and established multiple partnerships to commercialize Deton’s Aerosol Biopsy platform. Patrick also serves as a member of the Investment Committee at UCLA Ventures where he evaluates early stage life science companies. Patrick co-founded the Lebanese Collegiate Network in 2007 and served as its President from 2007 until 2009. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and dual Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from UCLA. 

Getting into Graduate School: Discussing the MCAT, LSAT,& GRE

 Learn efficient strategies from experts who know the test inside and out; Karen Herndon and Pranav Kulkarni from the The Princeton Review will be discussing the MCAT, LSAT, and GRE. 

Karen Herndon is the Business Development Manager for Graduate Programs at The Princeton Review. In this role, she has helped countless students reach their graduate goals with expert advice on how to excel on the MCAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, and DAT exams. She is passionate about helping others through education and has the tools to help students succeed.


Getting into Graduate School: Discussing the MCAT, LSAT,& GRE

Learn efficient strategies from experts who know the test inside and out; Karen Herndon and Pranav Kulkarni from the The Princeton Review will be discussing the MCAT, LSAT, and GRE. 

Pranav Kulkarni (PK) has been teaching students one-on-one and in large groups since 2006 when, as a college sophomore at a premiere Engineering school, he began tutoring students in and doing pre-test reviews for Calculus and Physics. Being a book reviewer for the university newspaper, he also supported Graduate and Doctoral students by proofreading and editing their theses and dissertations.

Since June, 2015, he has been teaching ACT, GMAT, GRE, MCAT Physics, and SAT courses for The Princeton Review. His firm mathematical base and communication skills coupled with friendly, easygoing demeanor help students relax and be at ease as they tackle the stress of school subjects and standardized tests.


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