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May 10, 2009


May 10th Leadership Conference at UCLA's Royce Hall

In a remarkable gathering, some of the most accomplished Iranian Americans shared their experiences with the next generation of leaders. Held at the UCLA Royce Hall on May 10, former CNN anchor Rudi Bakhtiar and the popular actor/comedian Maz Jobrani co-hosted a forum that featured:

Omid Kordestani - Vice President of Google and a force behind making this iconic company a worldwide phenomena
Dr. Pardis Sabeti - An MIT, Harvard and Oxford educated evolutionary geneticist who CNN calls one of the geniuses of our time, and the lead singer and bass player of the Rock band Thousand Day
Dr. Firouz Naderi - Associate Director of NASA’s JPL and the former Mars Exploration Program Manager who headed the Program during the spectacular landing of the rovers on Mars
Dr. Hamid Biglari - Vice Chair of Citicorp, Princeton nuclear physicist turned Wall Street executive making strategic decisions about a global business in over 140 countries and $1.5 trillion dollars in assets
Parisa Khosravi - Senior vice president of CNN who joined the giant cable network as a student intern and is now in charge of the international newsgathering for CNN worldwide
Sam Nazarian - Founder and CEO of SBE, Entrepreneur and business executive who balances and directs the company's multitude of operating groups, including hotels, restaurants, nightlife and real estate

This event --presented by the UCLA student organization Iranian Future Leaders (IFL) in association with Public Affair Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) – is a part of a student-run annual conference that serves as a cornerstone of the leadership experience and training for hundreds of Iranian-American students from UCLA and other universities.

Sunday May 10, 2009
UCLA Royce Hall
4:00 – 7:30 pm
(pre-event program starts at 3:00)

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