Shermin Kruse is a TEDx speaker, an accomplished negotiator, facilitator, and mediator, the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novel Butterfly Stitching, a partner at the law firm of Barack Ferrazzano, a director of the ACLU of Illinois, co-founder and director of the peace organization Pasfarda Arts and Culture Exchange, a contributor to the Huffington Post, a contributor to Fete Lifestyle Magazine, a director of the international refugee center Heshima Kenya, and a mother of four children ages 6 and under. Kruse, who spent her childhood in Iran dodging rockets and the morality police, immigrated with her family carrying little more than a few suitcases. Post immigration, Kruse graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and rose in the ranks of the professional world. Throughout her private law career, Kruse remained committed to equal rights, professional development and peace-dialogue on an international platform. From traveling to the Turkey-Syria border to interface with Syrian refugee children to serving as a commentator on NPR’s Worldview on foreign policy issues, Kruse is globally dedicated to raising awareness. Kruse was named nationally by BizWomen Magazine as one of the nation’s top 100 “Women to Watch,” one of Chicago’s most influential women by Chicago Business Journal, and one of Chicago’s Women of Inspiration by Today’s Chicago Magazine.