NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Empire State is hosting the next Iranian-American Women Foundation's Leadership conference this coming Sunday October 18, 2015 at New York University's School of Law where professional women of Iranian descent will showcase their expertise and further help broaden what is the image of the Iranian woman.
The Iranian American Women's Foundation's (IAWF) mission is to provide a platform of empowerment and mentorship for Iranian-American women of all ages, and has hosted sold-out conferences in Orange County, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, New York City and Washington D.C. over the past four years.
This year's NYC conference boasts speakers and guest appearances by accomplished and inspirational female leaders of Iranian descent based on the east coast. One panel entitled "Agents of Change," features Golshifteh Farahani, Shoshana Shendelman Ph.d, and Davar Ardalan, three fearless women who have shown attributes of bravery in their unique narratives and experiences. Moderated by activist Nazee Moinian, panelist Golshifteh Farahani, an award-winning actress, discusses how she is changing the image of Iranian women; while Shoshana Shendelman, the CEO of a heavy machinery company, talks about how she is breaking gender roles, while Davar Ardalan, a veteran NPR journalist, discusses her career transition and how she is defining a new chapter of her life.
The vision of the Iranian-American Women's Leadership Conference was started by Mariam Khosravani, founder of IAWF and the Executive Director of Coastline Community College Foundation. Her goal has been to create a platform for the highly motivated network of female professionals to celebrate their achievements, help motivate the next generation of female leaders and inspire the community to reach its potential. Every year, she brings together a critical mass of engaged professional women of all ages to offer insights into career paths and an opportunity to engage and network.
"It is exciting to see Iranian -American women find success in all aspects of the US economy. In recognizing this individual success, I could only imagine how powerful of a voice we can have when unified," Khosravani says. "Events such as the upcoming IAWF conference in New York not only allow us to highlight our achievements but will further help to expand and broaden our image."
Among those present at this year's New York conference are sisters Gisue and Mojgan of the NY-based Hariri & Hariri Architectural firm who are celebrated as one of the top 50 firms in the field of Interior Design and Architecture for 2015; New York fashion designer, Nellie Partow, a 2015 finalist for the prestigious International Woolmark Prize; as well as celebrated journalists, such as the Wall Street Journal's Farnaz Fassihi, Fortune Magazine's Susie Gharib, and one time NY Times bureau chief in Tehran Nazila Fathi.
"It is with great pride that we recognize the Iranian American women professionals. We are a formidable force in New York, and our influence can be found in all sectors of the NY economy as well as the national stage," says Jeyran Ghara, a member of IAWF NY chapter's planning committee and an advisor with Bernstein Private Wealth Management. "As a colorful group representing many different religions with a wide range of expertise in our midst, we feel welcomed in New York." She adds, "In a city that both appreciates and is influenced by a myriad of cultures, we are able to effectively marry the subtle and sophisticated nuances of our Persian culture with the direct, assertive and merit based city of New York to build our individual success stories."
For further information on ticket sales, sponsorship, exhibits, and scheduled speakers, visit www.iawfoundation.org