February 2015 Newsletter I

February 2015 Newsletter I

Iranian American Women's San Francisco Leadership Conference planning are Underway 

The Iranian American Women Foundation's San Francisco leadership conference host committee held its second planning meeting on Feb. 8 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront hotel, where the conference will be held May 3rd.

The planning committee has four subcommittees that include the Sponsorship, Exhibit Hall, Volunteer, and PR and Marketing committees. All are paving the way for the best conference yet. 

The Foundation has also began its social media campaign for the conference and a Facebook event page is up and running. Visit the event page to RSVP here.

Visit IAW Foundaton's website for more information.  

Spotlight Achievement: Nikki Iravani  

The Iranian American Women Foundation would like to congratulate San Francisco committee member Nikki Iravani on receiving a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for EyeXam, a self-administered vision screening method she has developed. 
EyeXam allows patients to administer a vision test using a mobile computing device, and the patent makes it the first and only patented method for mobile vision screening, according to Iravani, who lives and works in the Bay Area.  


EyeXam has been downloaded more than a million times from the iTunes App store and Google Play, and has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, a testament to the app's popularity among consumers.

Click here to read more on Nikki. 


Member Spotlight: Nina Ansary

IAW Foundation trustee Nina Ansary left her country of birth at the onset of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and has not returned since.


Growing up in New York City, she received her B.A. in Sociology from Barnard College and her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University. In 2013, Nina received her PhD in History from Columbia University. Visit Nina Ansary's website for more information on her books. Nina now lives in Southern California.


Click here to read more on Nina.

Global Impact of Women through Philanthropy 

Zohre Elahian and Bita Daryabari, two of IAW Foundation's trustees, along with Ghazaleh Semnani are three philanthropists whose work has changed the lives of so many women and children nationwide and globally.


The women joined together at the Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference in Los Angeles in November to discuss the global impact of women through philanthropy. 


The philanthropists discussed how women have touched the lives of thousands around the globe through leading purposeful lives. They also addressed how they were inspired to dedicate themselves to changing the lives of others and their communities. They shared their life stories and the catalysts that inspired them to be agents of change.


Angella Nazarian, a bestselling author and a noted speaker in her own right, moderated the session. IAW Foundation would like to thank Angella for leading an inspiring discussion. 


In the News: A Senior Yahoo Exec Will Be Competing On The Latest Season Of 'Survivor'

By Madeline Stone, Business Insider  
Shirin Oskooi, senior director of product management at Yahoo, will make her reality TV debut on February 25 as part of the cast of the 30th season of "Survivor."

Oskooi is a longtime "Survivor" fan and has tried out for the show more than 10 years in a row. 

She describes herself as "competitive, clever, and quirky," and lists "traveling, exotic food, whistling champion, and mind games" as her hobbies.


Read the full story on Business Insider's website here. 


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