January 2019 Newsletter Issue I

Join the IAWF Los Angeles Chapter - Rising Leaders for its first ever Winter Wellness Retreat on Sunday February 10, 2019, nestled in the hills of Topanga Canyon.  

Join us as we collectively explore the mind-body connection, with panels focused on health and wellness, and physical movement of Yoga, Sound Therapy and QiGong Energy Healing.  

This is a unique opportunity to become grounded and connect with yourself, old and new friends, and to set intentions for the new year. This day long retreat will leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on the new year ahead!


IAWF Congratulates Soheila Adelippour

We would like to welcome Ms.  Soheila Adelipour to The Iranian American Women Foundation's Board of Trustees. The IAWF is proud of her hard work and continuous contributions.

Soheila Adelipour is the author of the upcoming book 'Wrestling With God' to ('Resting With God'). She received her bachelor's degree in Business and her master's degree in Art Gallery Management while her first two kids were in diapers! She was involved with the World of Arts and Antiques in New York City, followed by running high-end gift stores. Life was normal with her 4 kids and everyday problems until the series of unfortunate events started. She lost her second son in Boston in a tragic fire accident, then, a few years later, both her sister and brother passed away after enduring long, horrific illnesses. At the moment Soheila's main purpose is to give courage and strength to people with her words and experiences. Her motto, "Love life... Live for the 'Whys' in your life and not the 'Why nots'!" She resides in Los Angeles.

Read more  here.

RSF USA Board of Directors Elects Maryam Banikarim as New Chair

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IAWF would like to congratulate  Maryam Banikarim  for  being announced as the next chair of Reporters Without Borders; RSF USA's board of directors after serving as an advisory board member since 2013.

Banikarim is known as a dedicated press freedom advocate and a fearless force for change with a distinguished career that has included executive roles at Hyatt, Gannett, NBCUniversal and Univision. - Reporter Without Borders

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Azita Ghazanfarian
New York
Azita Resides in New Jersey, she is a Pharm.D. and is the Founder of AZMAART Consulting LLC. woch is a marketing and business development consulting company. She has led multiple positions as Executive Manager in numerous medical companies throughout her career. Currently she is a Marketing and Business Development Consultant specializing in the Pharmaceutical and Medial companies. She helps businesses of any size to grow and reach their full potential. She is also an Artist and her favorite style is Acrylic and Oil color. 

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Marjan Shariat
Northern California
Marjan was born in Iran, and moved to the US just prior to the revolution when she was 12 years old. She has over 25 years of experience in management consulting, large program management, process improvement and innovation, technology implementation, and organizational change management at Fortune 100 companies, As a Senior Vice President at First Republic Bank, located in San Francisco, she currently manages FRB's Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Solutions and Analytics function. Marjan earned her Psychology and Computer Science bachelorette degrees from University of California, Irvine.

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 Haleh Khatami
 Southern California
Haleh Khatami is an advocate of children, who strongly believes that education is the key to rising above socio-economic crisis. For almost two decades, she has been actively and voluntarily pursing her passion toward providing the gift of education for underprivileged children across the world. As the president and co-founder of Children's Hope International Literacy and Development (C.H.I.L.D.), she successfully leads the cause through her strategic planning, especially in areas of marketing, public relations & fundraising. Haleh is an entrepreneur with a B.S. in MIS from CSULB, and has many years of experience in fields of finance and real estate.

You can read more  here .

Circle of 1000s Featured Member

Shiva Sarram  was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and after the start of the war, her family moved to Europe briefly and eventually, to the United States where she has resided since the early 1980's. Shiva attended the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics. She then worked on Wall Street for Chase Manhattan Bank, Deloitte & Touche, Tiger Management and McKinsey & Co. Ms. Sarram has been involved with philanthropic efforts for over two decades - her passion for war-affected children as well as her education in economic development, led her to the extraordinary vision and founding of the Blossom Hill Foundation. She resides in New Canaan, CT with her husband and two children where she is actively involved in a number of social justice including leading 203 action, a Tripartisan grassroots activist group.  You can read more here
Circle of Men

Behnam Behrouzi

In 2001 at the age of 20, Behnam Behrouzi founded Reply.com, a performance based marketing company targeting the automotive, real estate, home improvement and lending markets. Behrouzi served as  Chief Technology Officer  and Chief of Product at Reply.com which achieved several million in funding and over $30   million in annual revenues. Behrouzi founded DotNext and served as the President & CEOHis past companies have included Reply.com, iMotors.com, AgentConnect.com, OpenAuto.com, CarClub.com, ePerks, RealtyNow.com, iCastle.com, iHype.com, Brabus Ventures and LeapFish.com. He has been featured as a "Multi-Million Success Story" by Young Money. He has also made appearances on Fox Business Network, NBC Bay Area and FastCompany.tv. During his period at Reply.com Behrouzi was also recognized in the "Young Millionaires: Class of 2004" by Entrepreneur Magazine.

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