This was a very special event to me not only because my amazing manager/best friend, Sali Kharazi was being honored on the ‘Rising Star’ panel, but also because I am an Iranian-American woman. To see such inspirational women speaking about their lives and sharing their stories was truly something I will never forget.
[highlight]It was amazing to see Beverly Hills mayor, Lili Bosse, declare November 2nd Iranian American Women Day in Beverly Hills.[/highlight] I thought it was awesome that Iranian American women are starting to become recognized for their hard work, talents and determination.
People began arriving at 9am for check-in with the conference beginning promptly at 10am. I have to say, I thought it would definitely run on Persian Standard Time, but nope, everything was prompt and scheduled to the T. Several women spoke, empowered, and inspired me. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I was live-tweeting the entire conference. After the opening ceremony, there were 8 different panels you could attend: Rising Stars, Leading A Successful Career, Lead Like A Woman, Breaking Taboos, The Global Impact of Women, Public Relations and Strategic Communications: The Best Kept Secrets for Your Business Success, Through Your Eyes: Transforming Hearts & Minds with Arts, and Global Impact of Women Through Philanthropy.
Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian Astronaut, blew me away. We were presented a video of her journey to space and how she was able to help another young woman in Iran. There was not a dry eye in the room. Come to think of it, there were many moments that brought the audience to tears, gave us goosebumps, and showed us that anything is possible if you really want it. Very rarely do I walk away from a conference feeling overwhelmed with so many different emotions — in a good way.
I want to thank the Iranian American Women Foundation for inviting me, and to all the amazing speakers I had the chance to see speak and personally have a conversation with. You all left a huge impression on me as a young Iranian American woman and I cannot wait to cross paths again next year.
I also want to give a big shout out to Sali — you deserve all of your continued success and I could not be more proud of you. Thank you for pushing me every day, for inspiring me, and for believing in me. I am your number 1 fan and am so thankful for you.
For more about the event and a list of speakers, click here. Peep below for more pics + some of my live tweets!
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