Dear Turkish Americans and Friends of Türkiye,
For over three decades, the Annual ATAA Conference has served as a unique forum for Turkish Americans and friends of Turkey to come together and discuss issues of great importance to the community. This conference also serves as an opportunity to meet one another and rekindle the community spirit. As part of the Annual Conference, ATAA’s overarching goal has been to build a strong and united Turkish American Community through civic engagement and public advocacy education.
This year’s Conference with the theme “Empowering the Turkish American Community: Strength in Diversity”, is a call to make the pilgrimage to Washington DC once again. It has never been more important or urgent to engage in critical conversations about Turkey, U.S. – Turkish relations and the challenges facing the Turkish American Community. With distinguished speakers such as Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek, U.S. Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., Baskent University founder Professor Dr. Mehmet Haberal, former Ambassador Şükrü Elekdağ and Executive V.P. and President Ahmet Bozer at Coca Cola International, the ATAA Conference provides a unique opportunity to learn from a prominent list of speakers on key topics, explore thought-provoking ideas, and make important connections.
The Conference will run for three days, including the “Civic Engagement Day” on Thursday, April 10th, “U.S. – Turkey Relations Day” on Friday, April 11th, and the “Turkish American Day” on Saturday, April 12th. There will be many networking opportunities during the Conference, including two separate receptions on Capitol Hill with Turkey Caucus Republican and Democratic Co-Chairs, alumni and professional group events and a reception at the Turkish Embassy. The Conference will end with a Gala on Saturday evening, featuring popular musicians İlhan Özulu and Zeliha Sunal.
We look forward to seeing you at this special event.