Meet Mariam Khosravani

Mariam Khosravani

Mariam Khosravani is the founder and president of the Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF).  In 2010 she sought to assemble the expertise and accomplishments of Iranian American women around the nation and utilize them to inspire women to reach their full potential.  A platform for open dialogue, the foundation creates lasing connections among leading women who pass on their wisdom and journeys to success.  Mariam has taken the Iranian American Women Foundation across the nation and now hosts its annual leadership conference in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D. C.  She organizes and hosts the Orange County Global Women’s Conference under her capacity as the Executive Director of Coastline Community College foundation, which raises funds for and supports more than 18,000 students in Southern California.  Driven by compassion, Mariam has assisted in the expansion of various local, national and international organizations and helped raise millions of dollars in funds for them.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) and is a member of the Advisory Board of PBS SoCal, Orange Count’s PBS station.  She has worked as a Community Services Commissioner for the City of Irvine, working to bring together multicultural communities.  Mariam served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for California’s Community Colleges and was the president and advisory board member of the Network of Iranian American Professionals of Orange County for ten years. She also served as the Orange County United Way’s Chair of Investment Council and was a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

On Sunday November 2, 2014 Mariam hosted the seventh annual Iranian American Women Foundation’s conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  The conference featured a vast array of successful and accomplished women among them, Iranian American astronaut, Anoosheh Ansari. 

It is my pleasure to feature Mariam Khosravani in this post:

What is your education and background?

I have an MBA and a certificate in fundraising and managing non-profit organizations.

How did you come up with the idea for the Iranian American Women Foundation?

I was aware that so many women in our community have contributed so much to this society and I wanted to use an avenue to recognize and acknowledge them.  It was important to me to put all these women in touch with each other so that they can network, empower and inspire one another.  Most people were not aware of the success stories of Iranian American women in other states and I wanted to make sure that we know about each other and to create a space for all to network.

What is the mission of IAWF?

Our mission is to provide a platform of empowerment and mentorship for Iranian American women of all ages.  We provide insight into various career paths and an opportunity to network with extraordinary women across the United States.

What is your advice for the younger generation of women leaders?

My advice is to look at every challenge in life as an opportunity to learn and to test yourself. Always act upon your dreams. Don’t be afraid to set high goals for yourself and surround yourself with positive and trustworthy friends.

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