9th International Conference
Over three full days, meet and engage with inspiring female leaders from around the world, Uniting for Change in key field areas, including Fostering Mind, Body and Soul, Gaining Grounds in Technology, and Mobilizing the Power of Women in Business, Government, and Media.
This conference is an all-in-one resource for your personal growth where you’ll hear inspiring talks, meet experts through networking opportunities, participate in skill-building workshops and walk away with a support network of Armenian women spanning the globe.
A welcome reception on Wednesday, October 4th at Tufenkian Hotel from 6 PM-7:30 PM and a gala dinner on Saturday, October 7th at Marriott starting at 6:30 PM are included in the conference package.
In addition, there are two add-on excursions: Armas Winery Tour on October 4th and a Day in Gyumri on October 8th.
Meet Keynote Speaker
Baroness (Caroline) Cox
An ardent advocate of human rights and a vocal ally of the cause of Armenians in Karabagh.
Baroness (Caroline) Cox became a Life Peer in 1983 for her contributions to education and has served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. Lady Cox now sits in the Lords as a crossbencher and is a frequent contributor to Lords debates on Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, and Burma.
Baroness Cox’s humanitarian aid work has taken her on many missions to conflict zones, allowing her to obtain first-hand evidence of the human rights violations and humanitarian needs. Areas traveled include the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh; Syria; Sudan; Nigeria; Uganda; the Karen; Karenni; Shan and Chin peoples in the jungles of Burma; and communities suffering from conflict in Indonesia. She has also visited North Korea helping to promote Parliamentary initiatives and medical programmes. Additionally, Caroline has been instrumental in helping to change the former Soviet Union policies for orphaned and abandoned children from institutional to foster family care.
In recognition of her work in the international humanitarian and human rights arenas over the past twenty years, she had been awarded the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; the prestigious Wilberforce Award; the International Mother Teresa Award from the All India Christian Council; the Mkhitar Gosh Medal conferred by the President of the Republic of Armenia; Caroline Cox also awarded St. Sahak – St. Mesrop Order of the Armenian Apostolic Church, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; and the anniversary medal presented by Lech Walesa, the former President of Poland, at the 25th anniversary of the Polish Solidarity Movement. Lady Cox has also been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Honorary Doctorates by universities in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and Armenia.
AIWA’s 9th International Conference is not just an event; it is a catalyst for global transformation. Reserve your spot to be part of a platform where ideas converge, collaborations ignite, and dreams materialize.
*Additional individual Gala Dinner guests tickets are available for $85.
We’ve lined up a list of captivating speakers, interactive workshops, and engaging panel discussions to inspire, educate, and ignite fruitful collaborations.
Check out the agenda highlights that await you:
AIWA-SF Day will highlight the many ways technology continues to impact our lives and the significant involvement of women. Focusing on the profound influence of technology on women’s empowerment and the incredible role women play in innovation and disruptive technology globally, this event features two-panel discussions highlighting successful women in IT/HighTech and female Founders of AI companies. The event also features two presentations that explore how cultural perceptions of women in High Tech shape Armenian society and share about AIWA’s HighTech scholarships dedicated to further empowering women in these fields.
In a time when the media and political landscape is shifting every day and business entrepreneurship is facing new challenges, globalization is giving women the opportunity to become more engaged in different spheres of the world. This day is designed for attendees to learn and understand through spirited dialogue of real-world practitioners, the link between theory and practice, social justice and human rights, leadership challenges and rewards of women playing a central role in creating conditions in which they can and will lead within all spheres of influence.
Experience a rejuvenating Mind-Body-Soul day where you will engage in a wide range of activities and workshops, informative talks on mental well-being and life work balance. Gain valuable insights and practices to achieve a balanced and harmonious state of well-being. Equally important, stay informed about the challenges and policies affecting women in Armenia.
Minister of Health of Armenia
Minister of Education – Armenia
Head of Tourism Committee of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia
Director Sexual Assault Crisis Center NGO
Governing Board Member at UNESCO
Sara Anjargolian, J.D.
Senior Government Advisor/JD
Ca Superior Court Judge
Anna Arabyan, PharmD
Adjunct Lecturer at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Web Developer, Chessify
AIWA VP of Board
U.S. Community Liaison at the Republic of Armenia Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs
Founder of Thrive Armenia Foundation and Get Skills Academy
Product Manager, Krisp
Principal at SmartGateVC | Managing Director of Hero House
AGATE NGO, Program Manager
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Hrazdan DV Support Center Director
Songwriter, Published Author
Co-founder, Loopex Digital
Chief Scientist, Professor
Architect & Chairwoman of International Business Women’s Group
Sr. Director of Engineering, Slack
Dr. Meri Khatchiyan
Associate Professor at NIH Armenia
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Administrative Law Judge in CA
Lorky Libaridian, MD
Commercial Real Estate Specialist, Investment Advisor, Executive Board Member of AWA SF
Founder, Women’s Support Center (Yerevan)
Real World -Real People NGO, Director
Senior Editor/Host at CivilNet
Senior Director at Picsart
Co-founder of Our Bodies Ourselves
Founder of Buy Armenian
Founder, FemInno; Managing Director, Girls in Tech Armenia
Head of Growth, Krisp
Judge of the Constitutional Court
Co-Founder of Luna, a Digital Health App for Teenage Girls
Cofounder, CEO FiveBrane
CEO of Jessica Cosmetics
Global Sales Executive at Equinix, Advisor, Board Member, Investor
Executive Leader PHD
Executive Coach/Consultant, Live in Harmony. AIWA-SF Special Projects
Editor In Chief at EVN
CEO and Founder of SafeYOU
Diana (Sarkisova) Vikutan
VP, Cloud Operations, Zscaler
Singer, Songwriter, Pianist
Engineering Director, Roku
Yerevan offers a wide range of hotel accommodations suiting all budgets. Here are a few options conveniently located within a short distance from the conference sites.
Daily transportation will be provided from Marriott to all three conference locations and back.
If you need assistance with travel arrangements (flights/hotels), please contact Shaké Derderian via email at: [email protected]
For time sensitive question, message</br>610-416-9110 on WhatsApp
Make the most of your time before and after the conference by adding one of these excursions to your itinerary. A great option not only to discover our beautiful Armenia but also to make new connections, laugh and create memories with Armenian sisters from all over the world!
Armas Winery tour
October 4, 2023
10AM to 3PM
Enjoy a tour of Armas Winery followed by a delicious lunch overlooking mount Ararat.
Day in Gyumri
October 8, 2023
9AM to 7PM
Explore charming Gyumri for a full day by visiting Aregak Bakery and Café, Aslamazyan Sister Museum, lunch at Cherkezi Dzor and more.
Sponsors & Donors
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Overseas Investments, LLC
Margaret & David Mgrublian
Zarig and Jack Youredjian
Diane & Albert Cabraloff
Sonya & Dr. Heratch Doumanian
Cynthia & Ken Norian
Alice & Vahik Petrossian
Arsine & Gary Phillips
Nina and Raffi Festekjian
Houry & Kevork Aposhian
Lori and Jack Muncherian
Sonia and Zaven Akian
Ani and Adam Aivazian
Zela and V. Henry Astarjian
Dr. Phillip and Nora Balikian
Dr. Jirayr and Annie Balikian
Argine Jean and Haig Kelegian
Orion Worldwide Innovations
Ilean Yaghlegian Rogers
Armen Martirosyan – Blulp Armenia