Iranian-American Women Inspire, Empower, Connect

NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Iranian American Women's Foundation (IAWF), a not-for-profit entity, has selected New York City for its sixth Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference to be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013. The leadership conference is designed to "inspire, empower, connect" attendees with a star-studded line up of speakers and panelists who are amongst the most highly accomplished American women entrepreneurs and business leaders of Iranian descent who will educate and nurture the new generation of business leaders.  


In an effort to build on the footprint that we have already created and to further generate awareness of the Iranian-American Women's Foundation and our members, we will be tweeting content using #IAWFNY and we encourage everyone to use the hashtag. One of the many outcomes and objectives of the IAW conferences is the formation of a strong and powerful digital footprint for Iranian-American women. The takeaway will be to emphasize the strength of our community and how this community of Iranian-American professional women can come together through technology, innovation and social media. What is your story? Tweet us using #IranianAmericanWomanWho and fill in the blank on Twitter or Facebook.


Sunday, October 27, 2013


10:00AM – 5:00PM


Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York City, NY


The partial line-up of speakers from a diverse set of industries include:

Desiree Akhavan  - Among the youngest speakers at the conference, Desiree Akhavan is the co-creator of the award-winning web series The Slope and has been featured as one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Film as well as Out Magazine's 100 most Compelling People of the Year. 

Maryam Banikarim - Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Gannett, Maryam Banikarim is known for her boundless curiosity, ability to build dynamic teams and forge partnerships.  Her efforts have earned her a spot on numerous lists including The New York Post's "50 Most Powerful Women in NYC," & Fast Company's "Top 10 Disrupters."

Gisue Hariri - Cofounder & Principal Design Director of a multi-disciplinary design firm of Hariri & Hariri, Gisue Hariri is today amongst the most accomplished women in American design with a list of honors including the "Academy Award" for Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters, Induction to Design Hall of Fame, and Architectural Digest NEW AD100.

Behnaz Sarafpour - Prior to launching her own fashion collection in 2001, Behnaz Sarafpour worked with Richard Tyler, Narciso Rodriguez and Isaac Mizrahi.  In 2010, Behnaz was honored at the White House as a finalist for the Smithsonian's Copper Hewitt National Design Award, and joined the museum's jury in 2012.  Most recently, she was named the winner of the 2013 National Design Award for fashion.

For a complete list of presenters visit:

For further information on the Leadership Conference join the conversation on IAWF's Facebook or Twitter or visit:

LinkedIn: Iranian-American Women's Foundation
Facebook: Iranian American Leadership Conference

Twitter:@IAWFoundation  | Twitter official hashtag: #IAWFNY

About Iranian American Women's Foundation

The mission of the Iranian American Women's Foundation (IAWF) is to provide a platform of empowerment and mentorship for Iranian-American women of all ages.  IAWF provides insight into various career paths and an opportunity to network with extraordinary women entrepreneurs across the United States.  The Foundation's Women's Leadership Conferences are designed to inspire and empower Iranian-American women to achieve their maximum potential.

Media Contact: Shabnam Rezaei, Iranian-American Women's Foundation, 917-402-2004,

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