Mahnaz Afkhami spoke on two panels at the 2012 Iranian-American Women Leadership Conference. “Women’s Development and Empowerment” featured Afkhami, Parvaneh Bahar, Farzaneh Milani, Fatemeh Moghadam and Valentine Moghadam who spoke on developing the motivation to overcome obstacles and fulfill one’s potential. Afkhami also spoke about impactful writing along with fellow authors on the panel entitled “Write On! Women and the Power of Word” with Haleh Esfandiari, Alexandra Monir, Najmieh Batmanglij and Gina Nahai.
During the luncheon plenary Afkhami discussed a story from her book Women in Exile about 13 activist women’s flight from oppression including her sister’s flight from oppression in Iran and her subsequent life in exile.
Invited speakers to the June 23 networking event included:
Dr. Homaira Akbari, President, SkyBlitz, Inc.
Ms. Mahnaz Afkhami, President & CEO, Women’s Learning Partnership
Ms. Anousheh Ansari, astronaut and co-founder, Prodea Systems
Ms. Parvaneh Bahar, author
Ms. Nadereh Chamlou, Senior Advisor to the Chief Economist of MENA Region, World Bank
Ms. Tamara Darvish, Vice President, DARCARS Automotive Group
Ms. Dori Davari, consultant and author
Ms. Shahla Ettefagh, Founder, Mother Miracle
Ms. Niloufar (Nilou) Ghazi, President/Owner of E3 Laboratories Inc.
Ms. Tamila Ghodsi, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs & Co.
Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Professor, University of Massachusets-Boston and author
Ms. Ghazelle Hashemian, Co-founder, Paragon Technology Group
Ms. Parisima Hassani, Managing Principal & CEO, Westgroup Designs
Ms. Elahe Izadi, Journalist, National Journal’s Influence Alley
Ms. Mariam Khosravani, Founder, IAW Foundation
Ms. Parisa Khosravi, Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering, CNN Worldwide
Ms. Ladan Kimiayi Judge, Director of Operations, Moms Against Poverty
Ms. Niaz Kasravi, Senior Manager for the Criminal Justice Program at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Ms. Mahdis Keshavarz, PR Strategist and Founder, The Make Agency
Ms. Farideh Kioumehr, Founder & Executive Director, International Health and Epidemiology Research Center
Ms. Rebecca Mahboubi, co-founder, American Bagel Company, and Bagel & Juice Cafe
Ms. Farah Majidzadeh, Founder, Resource International, Inc. (Rii)
Ms. Yassamin Maleknasr, filmmaker
Dr. Nahid Mazarei, Chief of Maternal Child Health, Community Hospital of Maryland
Ms. Mariam Memarsadeghi, co-founder and co-Director of the E-Collaborative for Civic Education
Dr. Farzaneh Milani, Professor and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures and former Director of Studies in Women and Gender, University of Virginia
Dr. Fatemeh Etemad Moghadam, Professor of Economics, Hofstra University
Dr. Valentine M. Moghadam, Professor of Sociology and Director of the International Affairs Program, Northeastern University-Boston
Ms. Marjaneh Namdar, World Wide Facilities Director of Design, Sales and TI’s Global Real Estate, Texas Instruments
Dr. Behnaz Z. Quigley, Professor of Accounting and Entrepreneurship, Marymount University
Ms. Niloofar Razi, Managing Director, Paladin Capital Group
Ms. Shabnam Rezaei, co-founder, Big Bad Boo and Oznoz.com
Ms. Mariam Safinia, Head, The School of Practical Philosophy
Ms. Avideh Shashaani, Founder & President, Fund for the Future of our Children
Ms. Azadeh Shahshahani, Director, National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project at the ACLU of Georgia
Ms. Tracey Sameyah, President, The Inclusive Health® Division of Murad, Inc.
Ms. Neda Semnani, Columnist and Reporter, Congressional Quarterly Roll Cal1
Ms. Negin Tafazzoli Mohammadzadeh
Dr. Sara Vakhshouri, President, SVB Energy International
Ms. Azita Valinia, Associate Director for Research and Development at the Sciences and Exploration Directorate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center