Please join us to honor immigrant leaders
2019 International Women’s Day Luncheon Honorees
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
Friday, March 8, 2019
12:00 noon – 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
Boitshoko Phalatse, Suffolk University
Catherine Karatzas, Wells Fargo
Christina Bai, CollegeFindMe
Debbie Hsu, Wells Fargo
Hillary Brown, Fairlane Properties, Inc.
Nazda K. Alam, Nazda Alam Foundation
Pamela Chang, Welch & Forbes, LLC
Tabetha McCartney, Two Life Communities
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