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2019 International Women’s Day Luncheon Honorees
Pardis Sabeti
Professor, founder of Sabeti Lab at Harvard University

Computational geneticist and 2014 TIME “Person of the Year” for her participation with a team of Ebola fighters. Click here for bio

Monica Grewal
Partner, WilmerHale
Intellectual Property attorney honored by NASA for her work with the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Crew and Hubble Telescope Repair Mission Click here for bio 

Christina Qi
Co-founder and partner at Domeyard LP
Hedge fund manager named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2018 and to the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list in 2015 Click here for bio

2019 International Women’s Day Luncheon Host
Amaka Ubaka
Anchor, 7News Today in New England

She joined 7News as a reporter in May 2016 and worked as a fill-in and weekend anchor before being promoted to the morning show in November 2018. Click here for bio

Photography by Wayne Chen

Photography by Fitzroy Robertson

Friday, March 8, 2019
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Westin Copley Place
(10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116)

About the event

On March 8, 2019, the International Institute will host our annual International Women’s Day celebration.

International Women’s Day is a global phenomenon, and we celebrate in a festive, supportive atmosphere that honors immigrant women and daughters of immigrants who have made a profound difference in New England and the world.

The event highlights the impact refugee and immigrant women have on our economy and our communities, and it celebrates the achievements of women everywhere. The high point of the event is a lively conversation between the three honorees about their careers, work-life balance, and their success in fields traditionally dominated by men.   

Why International Women’s Day?

IINE serves nearly 2,000 refugees, asylees, and immigrants in Boston and Lowell, and Manchester, NH each year. Fifty percent of IINE program participants are women enrolled in refugee resettlement, job training and placement, English language classes, and legal services. 

The women we meet in IINE programs protected their families as they fled war and violence in Somalia, Congo, Iraq,  El Salvador, Bhutan, and other countries. Since 2016, more than 150 families served by IINE list a woman as their head-of-household. IINE programs are designed to be responsive to and respectful of the unique lived experiences of women who have faced and fled persecution and distress.

2019 International Women’s Day Committee

Committee co-chairs

Hillary Brown, Fairlane Properties, Inc.
Debbie Hsu, Wells Fargo

Committee members

Boitshoko Phalatse, Suffolk University
Catherine Karatzas, Wells Fargo
Christina Bai, CollegeFindMe
Ellen McLaughlin
Jane Berman
Lori Lander

Nazda K. Alam, Nazda Alam Foundation
Pamela Chang, Welch & Forbes, LLC
Shiva Damghany
Tabetha McCartney, Two Life Communities

Leadership Sponsors

Advocate Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

Ally Sponsors


Mary Bevelock Pendergast

Casebia Therapeutics, LLC

Chartered Alternative Investment Assoc (CAIA)

Will & Katie Krause

Ernst & Young

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Goodwin Procter LLP

Ern Haddad

Invest in Girls

J.P. Morgan

KSQ Therapeutics


Millipore Sigma

International Women’s Day Past Honorees

Colette Phillips, Founder & CEO, Colette Phillips Communications

Razia Jan, Founder & President, Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation

Eveline Buchatskiy, Founder, One Way Venture

Dr. Nawal Nour, A Sudanese-American, founded the African Women’s Health Practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Founder & Chair of Women Waging Peace

Malalai “The bravest woman in Afghanistan” Joya, refugee, activist and politician

Marie St Fleur, Vice Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, attorney, and advocate for issues affecting lives of women, children, and families

Jeanne Shaheen, Former NH governor, and current US Senate member

Rya Weickert Zobel, Federal Judge of the US District Court, District of MA

Dr. Charlotte Yeh, CMO of AARP

Geeta Ayer, President, and Founder of Commonwealth Management Asset

Rupa Shenoy, Host and reporter for NPR and founder of Otherhood podcast