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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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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Orange County Meets with Nepali Grantee

The Orange County Chapter met on Saturday, August 5th for a most informative meeting hosted by Sharon Kolby. The chief attractions were Prakash Bista, Shomi Bista and their six-month-old-baby girl, Pristine, who stole the show from her remarkable parents. Prakash gave a detailed report of the Modern Model Residential School …

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The Horn of Africa and Nepal

In May, co-chairs Stelle Feuers and Sharon Kolby hosted a discussion for Orange County chapter members on statecraft in the Horn of Africa. “I belong to a group focusing on diplomacy at USC that was having Ambassador Mike Hammer as a speaker,” explains Stelle. “He was at USC to attend …

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Salad Dressing CEO Mentors Others with Big Dreams

AWIU member Julie Pantiskas is the daughter of an AWIU founding member, Margaret “Peg” Power, and mother of 27-year-old Megan, who joined AWIU this July. It’s the first three-generation membership in AWIU history. That’s not surprising, as Pantiskas gravitates to firsts of all kinds, especially those involving a combination of …

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Noelle Newton headshot Noelle Newton attended the IWOC Celebration in 2017, and since then, has felt a special affinity with AWIU. Newton brings significant financial acumen and expertise to AWIU, having worked in the hedge fund industry through 2014, and since then, as a consultant in the business and finance industry, including …

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Justine headshot Justine Wolcott has a lifelong interest in international affairs, especially relating to Latin America. The Pasadena, California resident volunteers at the Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Services (IRIS) in Los Angeles, where (pre-covid) she provided legal assistance to lawful permanent residents and newly arrived individuals to complete applications to become …

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Chicago chapter December brunch 2

AWIU’s Chicago Chapter hosted a Sunday brunch at Reza’s Middle Eastern restaurant on December 12th in support of the Afghan Refugee Resettlement Program in Chicago. The goal was twofold: to increase membership and to help with the chapter’s nascent refugee project with the Heartland Alliance. Some 36 people, members and …

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Los Angeles Chapter Burma through the Eyes of KhinSandi Lwin: “GenZ — We will be the last generation to live under this oppression” By Betsy Richman | December 19, 2021 The Los Angeles chapter was in for a treat when Maggie Sabbag organized the first chapter gathering since the onset …

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