updated 10/20/2010 10:18:19 PM ET 2010-10-21T02:18:19

DETROIT, Mich., Oct. 20, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Arab American Women's Business Council (AAWBC) will hold its Fourth Annual Breakfast on Monday, November 8, 2010, at Byblos Banquet Center, 7258 Chase Rd., Dearborn.  Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, University of Michigan President, will deliver the keynote address.

She was appointed the University's 13th president in August 2002.  Under her leadership, the University launched, "The Michigan Difference," a campaign to raise $2.5 billion for the future of the institution.  At its conclusion in December 2008, the campaign finale stood at $3,200,733,103 - the most ever by a public university.

Elected to the Institute of Medicine, President Coleman also is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She co-chaired a major policy study of the Institute of Medicine, examining the consequences of a lack of insurance, and has become a nationally recognized expert on the issue.

As a biochemist, Dr. Coleman built a distinguished research career through her research on the immune system and malignancies. At U of M, she holds appointments of professor of biological chemistry in the Medical School and professor of chemistry in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

AAWBC will present the Arab American Woman of the Year Award to a business or professional woman who has made significant contributions to her profession or to the community.  "Because Arab American women contribute so much to our society that goes unnoticed by the broader community, we're delighted to recognize and celebrate an Arab American businesswoman's accomplishments," said Renee Ahee, award selection committee chair and Executive Director of the National Arab American Medical Association.  Nominations will be taken through October 31 at the AAWBC web site, www.aawbc.org

Scholarships will also be awarded to Arab American female college or college-bound students. 

AAWBC addresses the needs of Arab American women professionals and business owners as well as young Arab American women seeking professional or business careers in Michigan and across the country.

Founded in 2007, the 501c6 nonprofit professional organization represents a cross-section of Arab American women in many professions and businesses, including nursing, marketing and public relations, public affairs, engineering, law, academia, sales and financial planning.  The organization is recruiting members as well as sponsoring companies who see opportunities in the Arab American women's market.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased from Hend Khatib at 734-904-5542 or hend.khatib@gmail.com.  For table purchases and sponsorships, please contact Abeer Khatib at akkhatib@yahoo.com or 734-622-8196.  For more information on the Arab American Businesswoman of the Year Award and selection criteria, contact Renee Ahee at rahee@naama.com or 248-646-3661.

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