February 2019 Newsletter Issue I

Success of the first IAWF Winter Wellness Retreat 

The Rising Leaders in the IAWF LA Chapter held a Winter Wellness Retreat on Feb. 10, an exciting event that resonated a timely imitative and carried great vision of inspiring speakers and experts. The success of the event was significantly owed to participation of the attendees and ongoing heartwarming support of our sponsors. With over 80 eager attendees, the gathering brought women from all walks of life together to celebrate the importance of creating balance, health and mindfulness in everyday life.  Special thanks to our unique speakers:  Shirin Hedayat Dr. Jami Zamyad ,   Dr. Mona Vand Ramsay Mead Mona Tashroudian Roxie Sarhangi  Dr. Sherry Nooravi .  IAWF greatly appreciates the time and efforts of members of the LA Chapter Rising Leaders who took the initiative and organized such a remarkable and inspirational event.

Check the photos of the event on our IAWF  Facebook  page  and  Instagram page. 

Screening of THE GIRLS Documentary 
The Iranian American Women Foundation will celebrate the International Women's Month with the screening of the feature documentary THE GIRLS
in three different chapter cities across California.

Join us for screening an inspirational documentary film by Fery Malek Madani and her team who traveled to provincial cities across Iran to channel the imagination of young girls, and ask them to focus on their dreams and aspirations. There will be a Q&A session with the Filmmaker. Please join and share in the conversation around the status of women, their rights and their desires in the long-term.

We believe it is quite an achievement to create room for freedom of discussion on subjects rarely - if ever - addressed. This event will be another testament that in the eyes of humanity, we are all the same.

Save the Date: April 13, 2019

The IAWF invites you to join the Iranian American Women of Influence  Soir é on April 13, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, CA. The soiree will be a night full of music and dance for celebrating the achievements of the women of Iranian heritage who inspire, influence and empower the community and the society. This event will be an opportunity to honor the contributions of these visionary women who are making a difference in philanthropy, community services, arts and science.

Purchase your Tickets here.

Sheila Mortazavi
New York

Sheila Mortazavi is a partner at the law firm of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. She specializes in intellectual property matters and is based in the New York office. Her practice covers all facets of intellectual property litigation and counseling, with a particular emphasis on patent infringement litigation across a wide range of technologies. She advises clients on litigation strategy in complex patent cases, and has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving consumer electronics, electrical connectors, automotive components, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. She has also represented clients in unfair competition and trademark matters. 

You can read more  here .

Nellie Keyhani
Southern California
We would like to welcome Ms.  Nellie Keyhani to IAWF Board of Advisers and appreciate her ongoing support! 

Nelli Keyhani is the Vice President of Advisory Services with Whittier Trust, the largest private wealth management firm in the United States headquartered on the West Coast. As the youngest Vice President in the firm's history, Nellie advises on client relationships, serves on the firm's executive corporate marketing committee and manages relationships with luxury partners such as Tiffany & Co., Tesla and others. Nellie is also involved in numerous global and local non-profit initiatives including the Patron Council for Farhang Foundation and as a trustee for IAWF. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco. 

You can read more  here .

 Roshi Mozafar
 Northern California

Roshy Mozafar is a professional civil engineer with a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering and 25 years of experience in environment engineering and consulting.  She currently works as a senior project engineer at an environmental engineering consulting firm in the Bay Area. She is specially interested in women's and children's causes. Roshanak is married to her college sweetheart and they have a daughter together. 

You can read more here.
Circle of 1000s Featured Member
Halé Behzadi is a Managing Director and Global Market Manager of the Western Region at Citi Private Bank. She was most recently Regional Market Manager for Southern California and Arizona where she was responsible for managing the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and Phoenix offices. Currently, Halé chairs the Mentoring Committee at Citi Private Bank and Chairs Citi's California Leadership Council. She holds the Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 FINRA licenses. Prior to joining Citigroup in 2002, Halé enjoyed a long and distinguished career with Bank of America, where she was a Senior Vice President directing a team of private bankers in Beverly Hills. Halé has three decades of experience working with ultra high net worth families and their closely held business and philanthropic ventures. Halé is a graduate of Georgetown University with a BA in Economics.


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Circle of Men

Saeid Ghafouri

Saeid Ghafouri is the Chief Operation Office at Movellus Inc. in San Francisco Bay area. Mr. Ghafouri is an entrepreneur and his professional activities are focused on disruptive technologies. Throughout his career, he has helped transform small technology companies into major enterprises in diverse markets from Systems and Semiconductors to enterprise software, e-commerce, mobile internet and EDA.

How Women Leaders Change Company Dynamics

According to  Forbes, "In 279 companies, representing 13 million employees, women represent just 23% of C-Suite occupants (direct reports to the CEO) and senior vice presidents, 29% of the vice presidents and 34% of those at the senior manager and director levels. In 2017, the Korn Ferry Institute reaching out to 57 women CEOs, 41 who led Fortune 1000 companies and 16 leading privately held companies, 
determined traits and competencies of female corporate leaders. A common thread among women CEOs was risk-taking, resilience, agility and managing ambiguity. These leaders also embraced teamwork among their employees, and they were more likely to leverage others to achieve desired results." To read full article, click here

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