Congratulations to Hanaa Zahran, Senior Vice President in our La Jolla office, for being chosen as one of The Daily Transcript’s 2017 Influential Women in San Diego!
One quality that distinguishes Hanaa is her determination. Born in Egypt, she took on many challenges and learned to thrive in the U.S. Today, she is an important role model for women in finance, immigrants to our country and those motivated to contribute to the civic vitality of our community.
Hanaa serves on the annual conference committee for the Treasury Management Association of San Diego, she’s an active member of Business Executives Council, a member of the Risk Management Association and is heavily involved with Athena San Diego, the premier professional organization for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Hanaa also served as a board member at La Jolla Playhouse for nearly 10 years and participated on their finance, investment and audit committees.
Hanaa has joined both the steering committee and corporate involvement committee for a new STEM program the San Diego Fleet Science Center is launching for children interested in STEM disciplines. Fleet Science Center’s STEM Ecosystem Initiative is a program that brings executives in education, science and business sectors together to give students greater access to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.
With a strong understanding and affinity for STEM disciplines, Hanaa has forged relationships with industry sectors new to our bank, including biotech and medical device firms. Her consultative banking approach has resonated with companies within these industries, as life science and technology firms are often led by researchers, scientists and engineers who rely on strong service providers to help them round out their business skills and strategies. It doesn’t hurt, either, that Hanaa speaks English, Spanish, French, Russian and Arabic, her native language.
Most importantly, Hanaa has also raised a remarkable son, who is now attending a global immersion college program at NYU Shanghai. Way to go, Hanaa.
In La Jolla, we celebrated the holiday season and our 15th anniversary by teaming up with our client La Jolla Music Society to host a client appreciation reception followed by a holiday performance at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium. We enjoyed wonderful Greek food by Eclat Catering and wine before walking over to the museum across the street to enjoy the unique and amazing music of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, as they performed their “Holiday Show.”
As La Jolla Music Society described The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, they have “entertained British Royalty, jammed with George Harrison, performed with Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and rocked out at Glastonbury Festival…their hilarious, entertaining dash through all genres of music has led to sold out shows all over the world from the Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House via Carnegie Hall.”
Our guests have since shared with us:
“What a unique and memorable performing group! I think I smiled nonstop through the entire concert!”
“The concert was outstanding! Thank you for including us!”
“We had a fabulous time. I could not stop smiling and I am still enjoying the ukulele.”
We’d also like to acknowledge our wonderful relationship manager and senior vice president, Hanaa Zahran, who established our relationship with La Jolla Music Society. Hanaa was recently featured as one of San Diego Business Journal’s finalists for Women Who Mean Business this past year, partly because she is tremendously involved with arts and education outreach programs.
Hanaa has joined both the steering committee and corporate involvement committee for a new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program the San Diego Fleet Science Center is launching for children interested in STEM disciplines. The committees are supporting the Science Center’s endeavor to unite STEM programs throughout the city. The organization will act as a clearing house for corporations, parents and kids that want to be involved with or learn about K-12 STEM programs. Hanaa believes that San Diego’s kids can and should have access to the best STEM training and resources, and she is committed to making it happen.
Hanaa also served as a board member at La Jolla Playhouse for 10 years, only just recently leaving her role on the board. She also served on the theater’s finance, investment and audit committees. Of particular significance was her contribution on the Playhouse’s finance committee, which she chaired for four years. During that time, she developed the idea to create a royalty reserve account as a way to build up reserves from show royalties.
She is also involved with Water for Africa and Lifeline. She has boosted the fundraising activity of both organizations and spent nearly five years on the gala committee for Water for Africa. The organization has played a pivotal role in the development of sustainable water projects in over 120 villages in Africa. These organizations are especially important to Hanaa because she originally hails from Egypt.
Hanaa is thrilled to partner with the La Jolla Music Society. And as everyone who attended our client appreciation reception knows, this is an organization very deserving of San Diego’s pride and admiration. Cheers to a wonderful 2017 and our next 15 years!
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