From the Oval Office to the most powerful American boardrooms, Iranian-American women are among the most hardworking of this country's changemakers. On November 13th, The Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF) will feature many of these women, currently serving at the White House, the State Department, in global investment firms, and The National Gallery of Art, as part of a day-long leadership summit in Washington D.C.
As part of our panel on the changing media landscape, journalists from NPR, Vox, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle and myself from SecondMuse will examine emerging technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and 360 capture while emphasizing the critical role that traditional media continues to play in covering global stories.
The theme for the summit is "Building Bridges" and will include these trailblazing women:
- Ferial Govashiri: Govashiri currently serves as Personal Aide to the President of the United States. Ms. Govashiri began her political career in the Scheduling and Advance department in then Senator Barack Obama's Chicago presidential campaign headquarters in 2007. Following the election, she was appointed to the National Security Council (NSC) as Senior Advisor to Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor.
With more than 3,000 members nationwide, IAWF showcases the diversity of America, celebrates the confluence of American fabric and Iranian heritage, and propels women forward into new, dynamic professional leadership arenas. IAWF Founder Mariam Khosravani, has brought together a critical mass of engaged professional women to talk about their lives, their desires, their professions, their failures, and their visions for the future.
Khosravani was one of millions who left Iran after the 1979 revolution. "We had a lot of difficulties, a lot of challenges moving to a new country, learning a new language, adopting a new culture. Proving ourselves," Khosravani told the Orange Country Register. "And all of this was happening right after the revolution in Iran, the worst time, the worst relationship existed between the U.S. government and Iran."
If you can't join the D.C. summit in person, follow #IAWFDC16 on Facebook and Twitter.