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17th Annual International Women of Courage Celebration

presented by

American Women for International Understanding

March 12th, 2024
6:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Program & Dinner

Jonathan Club
545 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Business Cocktail Attire

Seating is limited, so please respond by February 20, 2024.
Deadline is February 1, 2024, to be acknowledged in the Program.

Donations help provide grants to the International Women of Courage Awardees
and support AWIU’s mission to build bridges of understanding, goodwill
and cooperation among women worldwide.

Your tax-deductible gift in any amount is greatly appreciated.
AWIU is a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID # 23-7273487

Thank you for your support.

2024 Honorary Chair

Billie Jean King Credit Howard Schatz

2024 Honorary Chair, Sports Icon, Champion of Equality

2024 Honorary Committee Members

Janet Elliott

President/CEO, International Citizen Diplomacy of Los Angeles

Andrea Ghez

2023 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, American Astrophysicist and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles

Jerilyn Castillo McAniff

Managing Director, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Oaktree Capital Management

Mojgan Nowain

Vice President, Director of Information Technology, Capital Group

Jane Olson

Former Chair, International Human Rights Watch

Winnie Park

Chief Executive Officer, Forever 21

Kathleen Renee Purtill

Vice-Chairman, Government & Public Services, and US Board Member, Deloitte

Suzanne Smith

Director and Producer, CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network

Courtney Valenti

President of Production and Development, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

First U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Founding Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security

  Major General Suzanne Puanani Vares-Lum (Retired, USA)

President, East-West Center

2024 IWOC Sponsors

Global Leadership

Diversity & Inclusion

Bridges of Understanding

Impactful Interaction

Peace & Justice

Social Responsibility


2024 IWOC Patrons

Thank you to our generous Patrons for the 2024 International Women of Courage Celebration

Bridges of Understanding

Carol Ann Warren

Impactful Interaction

Dr. Robert & Martha May Kim

Empowerment through Education

Nancy McAniff Annick
Kristin Johnson Ceva
Susan Chandler
Sarah Deschenes
Jerilyn Castillo McAniff
Cynthy Moffatt
Margaret Heflin Sabbag
Janice Meagher Trojan
Jane Mursener Wetzel

Social Responsibility

Denise Hammett Bieker
Ambassador (retired) Eunice Reddick
Katherine F. Stevenson MHC '89

Women for Others

Annette Flanagin
Khin-Onma Lwin
Annette Madden
Julie Power Pantiskas
Barbara Rubio
Laura D. Schuldt
Ann Sunshine
Pamela Hillings Tegtmeyer
Gretchen Zelek

Courage & Opportunity

AWIU - Orange County Chapter
Sidney L. Barney
Jennifer & Matthew DeVoll
The Tom and Nancy Elsaesser Foundation
Meg Huebner and Dr. Thomas Carroll
Gayle Morin
Ellen Pansky
Sonia Singla


Awareness and Appreciation

Jennifer Annick and Geoff Kelsch
Ann Diederich
Lian Dolan
Kimberly Ebner
Judith Jakaitis
Laura Li Pollard
Maria Emmi Schory
Betty Yu-Ling Ting
Jo Ann Troha

2024 IWOC Event Gallery

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American Women for International Understanding
1900 East Golf Road, Suite 950
Schaumburg, IL 60173
phone: 202-643-1196 | email:

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