Please join us to honor immigrant leaders

2020 International Women’s Day Celebration Honorees

Marina Hatsopoulos Bornhorst
Founding CEO and original investor in Z Corporation, an early market leader in 3D printing. She has served as Chairperson of the Board and investor in Levitronix Technologies, the worldwide leader in magnetically-levitated bearingless motor technology.

Jackie Glenn
Founder and CEO of Glenn Diversity and HR Solutions, Glenn began her career in the technology sector at the Fortune 500 EMC Corporation in human resources in the year 2000.

Dr. Nergis Mavalvala
Pakistani immigrant, Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Associate Head of the Department of Physics.

EY
One of the largest professional services firms in the world, will receive the IINE International Women’s Day inaugural Corporate Citizen Award.

Friday, March 6, 2020
7:15 am – 9:30 am

The Westin Boston Waterfront
425 Summer Street in Boston, MA 02210

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About the event

On March 6, 2020, the International Institute will host our annual International Women’s Day celebration to honor the achievements of women leaders. 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. Our speaking program features a conversation with our honorees about their life experiences.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed around the world since the early 1900s It is a collective day of globalcelebration and a call for gender parity. The International Institute of New England has been celebrating IWD since the early 2000s as a way to showcase immigrant women and their advocates. Past honorees include: Rep. Nikki Tsongas, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Dr. Charlotte Yeh, Colette Phillips, Christina Qi, Pardis Sabeti, and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

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Why International Women’s Day?

IINE serves more than 2,500 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.

2020 International Women’s Day Committee

Committee co-chairs

Jane Steinmetz, Boston Office Managing Principal , EY
Yvonne Garcia, Chief of Staff to CEO, State Street
Colette Phillips, President and CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc

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