December Newsletter II

December 2014 Newsletter II

Spring Love, a Prelude to Nowruz

The legendary Ziba Shirazi will be performing February 21 at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. "Spring Love" is a splendid blend of music, dance, and imagery, celebrating the dynamic traditions of Nowruz through the story of three generations of a family experiencing love at first sight.

As a valued paid-level member, the Iranian American Women Foundation is pleased to extend a maximum of two tickets per member at a discounted rate of $15 each.

Members looking to upgrade their membership to the Empowered or Connected level will receive a free ticket to the concert. For more information on the foundation's memberships, click here. 

IAWF has a limited number of tickets at this price, which will be sold or given to new paying members on a first come, first serve basis.

Reply to this email or send a direct email to to get your ticket and more information. 

Spotlight Achievement: Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini 

The Iranian American Women Foundation would like to congratulate Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini who was honored by the United Nations Association of the United States of America with the Human Rights Award this month in Washington, DC.

Co-Founder of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and MIT research associate and fellow between 2005-2014, Sanam was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN's Mediation Standby Team in 2011.



Member Spotlight: Kathy Attaii

Kathy Attaii has more than 25 years of banking experience in private banking and the entertainment industry. Currently, she is the Managing Director of Private Banking at First Republic Bank in Century City, where she has been since 2011. Prior to that, Kathy was the senior vice president of Private Banking with Comerica Bank for nine years. She has also worked for HSBC Private Bank. Click here for more.

Leading a Successful Career 

A successful corporate attorney, a leading New York City architect and the president of a home care assistance company came together to discuss their career paths in life and the challenges and rewards that come with them. 

Each speaker provided insights on how to be a leader and take charge of one's own career development, as an independent entrepreneur or an employee in a corporate setting. Attendees received valuable information on how to use their extraordinary talents and skills to accomplish career goals and to achieve success. It's taken more than one woman to crack the glass ceiling, and it will take all of us to eventually break it.  

In the News:

The Los Angeles Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference was featured by lifestyle & entertainment blog Give Me Mora. 

Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference: LA

By Nic Mora

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. 


It was amazing to see Beverly Hills mayor, Lili Bosse, declare November 2nd "Iranian American Women Day" in Beverly Hills. I thought it was awesome that Iranian American women are starting to become recognized for their hard work, talents and determination. 


Our Sincere Thanks to you!
The Iranian American Women Foundation would like to thank its members, sponsors and volunteers for supporting us in 2014 by participating in the Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference, helping us host the Youth Seminar for the first time and by supporting the Circle of Giving and Circle of Caring, two programs that make a difference locally and globally.
Without you, the success of the foundation would not be possible. 

We invite you to join our 100 IA Women Circle, an exclusive club of women whose accomplishments and contributions command them respect in their respective fields and communities. Contact Mona Shadia at for more details. 

You make our community very proud! Thank you!


The Iranian American Women Foundation is looking forward to celebrating International Women's Day with you on March 8 in Irvine!


We hope to see you there!

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