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The Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women

invite you to participate in an informal conversation
with girls, 9-12 years old (the Tweens!) – too old for toys; too young for boys.
Sharing their interests, developing their own sense of self.

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Tea & Conversation with

San Francisco First Lady Anita Lee: Mothers & Daughters Together


Noosheen Hashemi
President and co-Founder, The Hand Foundation

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Crown Room @ the Fairmont Hotel
950 Mason Street, San Francisco

Thank You To Our Sponsors:

Barbara Mark PhD, Heidi Pervin Yamaguchi, Lynn Vear, Peg McAllister, Renee Koel

The Hand Foundation

Join as a sponsor! This is a fantastic opportunity for your organization
to celebrate the girls who might one day influence the world.

About Anita Lee

First Lady Anita Lee is passionate about girls issues, particularly in her native China. She has organized medical missions to China, raising money for supplies and recruiting doctors and support staff to travel from the US to China to address cleft lip that scars girls both emotionally and physically but is easily remedied by a relatively simple procedure that is, nevertheless, out of reach for many low-income families who have little access to medical care. Anita’s work has touched the poorest girls in several provinces in China.

As a working mother, Anita raised their two daughters Tania and Brianna, both of whom attended San Francisco public schools and graduated from Lowell High School. Tania, received her BA at UC Santa Cruz and a master’s in International Relations from the New School in New York City, is currently based in New York and works for the International Rescue Committee, a global NGO that focuses on humanitarian causes. Younger sister Brianna received a BA from UC Berkeley and has a master’s degree in Global Affairs from New York University. She is currently working at PBS in New York City and supports the nationally syndicated television news series “Need to Know.”

About Noosheen Hashemi

Noosheen Hashemi, President and Co-Founder of The HAND Foundation, is a philanthropist with a passion for entrepreneurship and economic development. Since 2003, she has led HAND Foundation’s efforts to prevent child sexual abuse, strengthen the global middle class and advance the philanthropic sector through educational and research grants.

Nosheen serves on the Board of Directors of the New America Foundation. Previously, she served on the board of the Iranian Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as the Advisory Board of Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives which she helped to found shortly after graduating from business school.

An immigrant from Iran as a teenager, she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2008. She holds a B.S. in Economics from San Jose State University and an M.S. in Management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business where she was a Sloan Fellow. She and her husband live in the Peninsula with their two children.

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