Mitra Shavarini has over twenty years of higher education teaching experience, including Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Last year, she designed a brand new course for Brandeis that dealt with gender and leadership which she titled: “Women’s Leadership in the Business Realm.”

Shavarini’s research extends well beyond issues pertaining to leadership. She has also examined women’s education in Muslim societies as well as immigrants and education in the US. She has two academic books that deal with each of these topics: Educating Immigrants: The Educational Experiences of Second-Generation Iranians and Women & Education in Iran and Afghanistan. In addition to these books, her articles have appeared in the Harvard Educational Review, Teacher’s College Record, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Women’s Studies International Forum.  Shavarini’s most recent book, Desert Roots: Journey of an Iranian Immigrant Family, is altogether more up-close and personal. In it, she tells of the pursuit of the American Dream by one immigrant family: her own.

 The 5th WLC Honorary Guest Speakers Include: 

Mitra K. Shavarini, EdD

Author of "Desert Roots: Journey of an Iranian Immigrant Family" and
Department of Sociology
& Women's & Gender Studies Program
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

 The 5th WLC Keynote: 

Eva A. Millona

Executive Director

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)​

Boston, MA

Eva A. Millona joined MIRA, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the state’s largest organization representing the foreign born, and co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, the lead national organization focusing on immigrant integration, in 1999 and served as Director of Policy and Advocacy and as Deputy Director before becoming Executive Director in 2008. 

She is now one of New England’s most highly quoted immigration experts.

Ms. Millona is also the co-chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants and serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 2010, she co-chaired the nation’s largest immigrant integration conference, which MIRA hosted in Boston. She is the recipient of over a dozen major awards, including the prestigious 2009 USCIS Outstanding American by Choice Award, the 2010 Wainwright Bank Social Justice Award, and the 2011 and 2012 Powermeter Award, presented to the most influential people for Latinos in Massachusetts.

5th Women's Leadership International Conference

Boston, MA September 18, 2015 

The conference will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Downtown Boston.
The venue can be found here