IWD 2022


IWD 2022 - RESILIENCE - Main Topics Included:

"Global Status Update of Women"

"Afghan Refugee Challenges"

“Women Owned Businesses - the Courage to Seize the Moment"

Thursday, March 3, 2022, all times are EST


IWF Georgia Presents: International Women’s Day
Thursday, March 3, 2022

2:15 – 2:40 p.m.
Registration Open / Networking

2:45 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Welcome Remarks by IWD 2022 Chair: Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters

2:50 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Introduction by IWD 2022 Emcee: Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, ​Chief of Staff-Communications, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

2:55 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. Opening performance
Featuring: Maya Lawrence, Author, Performing Artist, and Poet, Alliance Theatre

3:05 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. Session 1- “Global Status of Women”

Fireside chat and Q&A featuring:

  • Paige Alexander, ​CEO, The Carter Center
  • Michelle Nunn, ​President and CEO, CARE USA

Topics will include:

  • Address the status of women globally and the impact of COVID-19.
  • Address the rise of totalitarianism on rolling back our collective progress as women.
  • Remark on the fact that, as abortion is being decriminalized and even legalized in other countries (e.g., Ireland, Tanzania), that right is being taken away from women in the United States.

3:40 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Session 2 – “Afghan Refugee Challenges”
Featuring Maria Longi, Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Asia Bureau sharing a global and policy perspective.

Video segment recently produced of local Afghan women’s stories.

Panel discussion with Q&A featuring:

  • Alpa Amin, Executive Director, Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN)
  • Paedia Mixon, CEO, New American Pathways
  • Dr. Hogai Nassery​, CEO, Afghan American Alliance of Georgia
  • Amy Glennon, Publisher (ret.), ​The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Moderator)

4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Break

4:45 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. Session 3 – “Women Owned Businesses - the Courage to Seize the Moment"

Panel discussion with Q&A featuring:

  • Grace Fricks, ​President and CEO, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Inc. (ACE)
  • Tracey Grace, ​President & CEO, IBEX IT Business Experts
  • Malika Sylvain, Founder & Owner, Shared Demands
  • Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, Chief Equity Officer & Executive Director, City of Atlanta (Moderator)

5:25 p.m. Closing remarks by Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur

5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Post Networking Reception

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (invitation only) “Power Talk Group Mentoring"
Led by Natosha Reid Rice, Associate General Counsel for Real Estate and Finance, Habitat for Humanity International

**Details and exact times are subject to change within the timeframe of 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm.

​IWD 2022 Agenda
IWD 2022 Sponsorship
IWD 2022 Speakers
IWD 2022 Mentorship
IWD 2022 Leadership
IWD 2022 Resources

A Hybrid Event Experience Hosted by Georgia-Pacific In Person and on Zoom


IWF Members:
in person or virtual

IWF Patron:
Name Recognition / Reserved Seats (2), 
$500 in person or virtual

In person - $75

Contact information:
Jennifer Langley, IWF Georgia Forum Manager, jlangley@iwfgeorgia.org,

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