AWIU President Maggie Sabbag joined AWIU in 2015 and was elected to the position of president of the AWIU Board of Directors in January, 2022. Her work has encompassed emerging markets investment banking focusing on the former Soviet Union, including serving as an advisor for the Central Asian Investment Company, …

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AWIU Vision, Mission and Values: A Fresh Take

As with anything that’s over half a century old (55 years, to be precise), there comes a time for a tune-up. This was the case with AWIU’s mission and vision statements, which were considerably older than the organization’s recently refreshed website. “Along with our website, we re-examined AWIU’s vision and …

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist (1901 – 1978)  Eunice Reddick, retired ambassador, AWIU Executive Committee member, and co-chair (with Pooja Chandra Pama) of COIR, has been lining up …

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Senior Women, Peace, and Security Advisor, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)   Senior Women, Peace, and Security Advisor, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Dr. Jennifer Hawkins is a global strategist and leading public policy expert on marginalized persons and vulnerable populations around the world. She is …

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Primed for AWIU Storytelling

At AWIU, we’re rich in stories: about International Women of Courage, about the small grants we issue to non-profit organizations that benefit women and children around the world, about our own high-achieving and caring membership, about connections they’re making that are propelling us closer to our AWIU vision of “A …

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2015 IWOC Arbana Xharra in Los Angeles

On Thursday, July 27th, Nancy Annick hosted a lunch at her home for 2015 IWOC Arbana Xharra (Kosovo), who was visiting Los Angeles. Xharra, who now lives in the U.S., attended the last two IWOC Celebrations in Los Angeles as our guest as well as COIR last October in Washington, …

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AWIU Eye on Refugees

The event was organized by Warren and the speaker was courtesy of Julie Pantiskas, who has mentored students at USC’s Viterbi Startup Garage for the past five years. Pantiskas was keen to have AWIU members hear from Lauren Yen, a USC graduate and mentee of hers for the past year. …

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Creating a Valuable Resource for Refugees

Michaela Sabbag’s and Tamara Jaffe’s recent Passport project addresses critical challenges faced by many refugees in Los Angeles. Their pamphlet, “Housing and Job Opportunities for Refugees in Los Angeles,” recognizes the difficulties in integrating with the local community due to language barriers, lack of accessible resources, and the high cost …

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Microfinance, housing and job opportunities for refugees in Los Angeles, and the Peace Corps were among the topics explored by 13 AWIU Passports in the first cohort of the revamped Passport to the Future program. Jackie Sabbag and Kylin Gao’s research project, “Financial Success through Savings Groups and Loans,” explored …

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DACOR-Bacon House Barbeque

Pooja Chandra Pama and Eunice Reddick, co-chairs of AWIU’s D.C. chapter, invited the AWIU women of Washington, members and Passports, to gather for a BBQ on Thursday, July 27, 2023 at the DACOR Bacon House. Billed as an “Evening of Camaraderie and Discussions,” the event provided an excellent opportunity for …

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