For ten years, Up to Us has helped paved the way for a more sustainable, inclusive economic and fiscal future. Our community is filled with driven, emerging leaders who are actively harnessing their knowledge, voices, and collective power to drive change. As we continue to grow the Up to Us movement, we are excited to launch the Up to Us Alumni Board, a group committed to helping shape the future of the program and connecting fellow changemakers across the country. Join us in welcoming our board members and keep reading to learn all about the exciting work they are doing.
Alumni Board Member: Heba Saleh
Up to Us Competition Year: Spring 2017, Willamette University, Atkinson School of Management
- HRBP Support Functions at G4S Egypt, part of ALLIED Universal
- MBA Graduate, Willamette University, Atkinson School of Management
- Google’s Women Techmakers Ambassador
Tell us what you are working on now?
I am keen to help my community and spare some time for community work outside of my full-time job.
Professionally, I am an HRBP Support Functions at G4S Egypt which became part of Allied Universal now. G4S is the largest security company worldwide.
On the community work side, I am a Google Developers Group Organizer in Alexandria, Egypt and a Women Techmakers Ambassador.
Lastly, I am also a certified facilitator for #IAmRemarkable, which is a Google initiative empowering women and other underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.
What does it mean to you to become a member of the Up to Us Alumni Board and what do you hope to achieve during your tenure?
The Up to Us experience was the highlight of my stay in the U.S. and I consider myself part of the Up to Us community. I am currently serving on the Alumni Advisory Board this year and hope to help develop the Up to Us community and help new participants and competitors gain the same experience I had.
Being a member of the Up to Us Alumni Board means a lot to me as it allows me to stay in touch with this amazing community, even if I am not in the U.S. It proves to me that distance is not a barrier to achieving a goal.
What was one important lesson you took away from participating in the Up to Us Competition?
The Up to Us Campus Competition allowed me to explore the U.S. by giving me the opportunity to meet and know other competitors from different states, work with them, and explore different perspectives.
The lesson I took away was that even if we are from different countries, states, and universities and have different backgrounds, we can work together to achieve one goal.
What is one piece of advice you have for someone looking to get involved with Up to Us and participate in the Campus Competition?
Enjoy the opportunity, take advantage of the community, and let the creativity speak.