Iranian American Women Pledge: Together We Thrive

The 12th leadership summit of the Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF) was held in Washington D.C. today. Some 600 women joined together to network and mobilize to strengthen our bond as Iranian-Americans, to champion our contributions to this great country, and to acknowledge the remarkable work of the next generation of lawyers, environmentalists, bankers, artists, social workers, scientists, psychologists and journalists.

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Photo: Rising Star panelists Nadia Farjood and Donya Nasser.

The changing media landscape featured Tara Bahrampour of The Washington Post, Sanaz Meshkinpour of NPR News, Tara Golshan of VOX and Sarah Ravani of The San Francisco Chronicle on Twitter.

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Photo: Firoozeh Goudarznia of Eagle Bank steps into virtual reality at the IAWF conference.

From legacy newspaper reporting to breaking news on Twitter, podcasting at NPR and virtual reality, we discussed the engagement tools that are making journalism more participatory and immersive. Our panel also examined the critical role that traditional media and fact-checking play as the next generation of real-time storytelling emerges.

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Photo: Neda Nobari, Mariam Khosravani, Iran Davar Ardalan, Yeganeh Rezaian, Tara Bahrampour, Tara Golshan, Sanaz Meshkinpour.

The Founder of IAWF, Mariam Khosravani emphasized the imperative to continue building bridges and inspired the attendees to connect and network regardless of differences in politics, religion or socio-economic status. Today's daylong event included mentoring sessions with top executives from a variety of industries and causes.

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Photo: Iran Davar Ardalan, Roshan Ardalan Alavi, Parisa Khosravi

You can follow today's conversations on #IAWFDC16.
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Photo: Members of IAWF DC and OC Host Committees