June 2015 Newsletter II


June 2015 Newsletter II


Spotlight Achievement: Nina Ansary

Congratulation to IAW Foundation's Trustee; Nina Ansary, for publishing her new book:  Jewels of Allah



Born in Tehran, Iran, 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.

In 1996, Ansary moved to Los Angeles, and following her family's long and distinguished record, began to pursue her passion for humanitarian causes. As an avid philanthropist, she serves on the Middle East Institute Advisory Board at Columbia University, on Columbia University's Global Leadership Council, the Board of Trustees of the IAWF (Iranian American Women's Foundation), and the Advisory Board of the Pacific Youth Foundation.

Nina Ansary is an elected member of the Everychild Foundation and the Pacific Council on International Policy, and a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the National Organization for Women (NOW), and the U.S. National Committee for U.N. Women (USNC) organizations dedicated to public policy and supporting education, charitable and gender-related causes.Read more on Nina here



The Untold Story of Women in Iran




The popular narrative about women's lives in Iran over the last forty years goes something like this:

"During the Pahlavi Monarchy, women were on an upward trajectory. In a nation on the cusp of modernity, women actively participated. They were given the right to vote and were free to be in public without veils; they wore miniskirts on university campuses. Then came the Islamic Revolution in 1979, with Ayatollah Khomeini at the helm. The burgeoning freedoms for women were extinguished. The veil was required and institutions were segregated by gender. The Islamic Republic had thus achieved its goal of resurrecting the image of the traditional Muslim woman."

Inspired by author Nina Ansary's scholarly journey, Jewels of Allah is a provocative roller coaster ride that shatters the stereotypical assumptions and the often misunderstood story of women in Iran today. Highlighting many courageous female leaders and advocates throughout Iran's history, the book illuminates the unanticipated consequences of the Islamic Revolution and the unexpected twists and turns leading to a full-blown feminist movement within a post-revolutionary patriarchal society.

Learn more information about her upcoming events here.




Member Spotlight:



Dr. Masi Hashemian is a graduate of USC school of dentistry 1991, Providing Laser, Cosmetics, Invisalign, Root canal Therapy and Periodontal Therapy for her patients. Dr. Hashemian established her state of the art office in Irvine in 1999. She takes pride in building her practice based on satisfied patients who feel comfortable to refer their own friends and family to her for their variable dental needs. Using BIOLASE MD, performing Laser Dentistry, Cosmetic dentistry and SMILE DESIGN or INVISALIGN to straighten patients' teeth invisibly are few of the techniques Dr. Hashemian uses to enhance patients' health and image. Dr. Hashemian and her professional and caring staff take care of every patient like a member of their own family. In her spare time she loves traveling, cooking, spending time with family and friends and being active in community activities. She loves playing Volleyball as many times as possible during the week, started Irvine Women Volleyball Club (IWVC) in 2010 where friends meet for fun and exercise!

Read more on Masi here. 






In the News:


Hyatt's Global Marketing Head was interviewed on How To Embrace Risk.


This is the second in a series of interviews with senior-level women in design-related fields by Doreen Lorenzo, former president of frog and Quirky.

Maryam Banikarim, Global CMO of Hyatt Hotels, talks about taking chances, making your own rules, and why design matters.

Read more on How to Embrace Risk.


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