International Women’s Day | March 8, 2024

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, our CEO, Kathy Dawson, gathered five remarkable women each coming from diverse corners of the globe – Mahyar Ghassemian (Founder & President, Ghassemian Law Group), Hema Dey (Chief Marketing Officer, Iffel International Inc.), Valerie Dufix (Principal, Diamant Carre Capital Group), Niosha Shakoori (Principal, Clarus), and Viki Johnston (Leadership Trainer, Exelorate LLC).

Listen to their conversation and learn what brought them to America and how their unique upbringings from various countries and cultural influences shaped their perspectives. The panelists candidly shared about the successes they achieved and the challenges they had to overcome as international women navigating the corporate landscape in America.

Their stories serve as powerful testimonials, encouraging women everywhere to embrace the opportunities in corporate America without fear. They collectively highlighted the importance of breaking barriers and pushing boundaries, inspiring other women to embark on their own journeys with confidence and resilience.

For more information on the panelists, please visit the links below:

Mahyar Ghassemian (Founder & President, Ghassemian Law Group):
Hema Dey (Chief Marketing Officer | Iffel International Inc.:
Valerie Dufix (Principal | Diamant Carre Capital Group):
Niosha Shakoori (Principal | Clarus):
Viki Johnston (Leadership Trainer | Exelorate LLC):

International Women’s Day facts that highlight how far women have come over the years:

  • During the Women’s Suffrage Movement in New York, women became vocal about wanting equal rights.
  • This sparked other women around the world such as Denmark, The United Kingdom, Russia, and other countries to speak up for women’s rights.
  • First gathering of International Women’s Day was held in 1911.
  • In 1977, the UN Established March 8th as the official holiday for International Women’s Day
  • March is a designated month to honor women and their contributions to society
  • Honoring women began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, CA
  • Sonoma County established Women’s History Week of the week of March 8th to correspond with International Women’s Day in 1978
  • In 1980, President Jimmy Carter made an official presidential proclamation that the week of March would be National Women’s Week and then became National Women’s Month in 1987
  • According to the UN, International Women’s Day is celebrated globally to recognize women and their achievements regardless of division.

To learn more about International Women’s Day:
About International Women’s Day
What is International Women’s Day (Video)

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