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Pars Generation+ holds Arts & Culture Mixer in San Francisco

Source: Pars Equality Center (PEC), San Jose, California

Pars Generation+ hosted a lively Art & Culture Mixer on Election Night 2016 at the Cambria Gallery in San Francisco. As young professionals and community leaders networked, they viewed the "Iran Unveiled" Photography Exhibit, as well as works by renowned Persian artist Elham Ashrafi and street artist Keyvan Shovir (a.k.a "CK1"). Persian cuisine by Apple, Inc.'s own Chef Naz Afarin Mahini and Komaaj Catering was served, while Election 2016 results were viewed on a monitor.

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Over 200 guests were in attendance, including renowned Bay Area philanthropist Bita Daryabari (Pars Equality Centerexecutive director) and Sepideh Nasiri (award-winning entrepreneur and Gen+ founder), along with her impressive Gen+ Board Members: Mahnaz Milani Baladi (Apple, Inc.), Nima Rahimi (San Francisco District Attorney's Office), Shadi Rezvan (senior manager of Services and Transformation, Twitter), Elnaz Eilkhani (Iranican Inc. / iTutor Group) and Navid Shahdi (engineering manager, Oculus/Facebook). Other VIP guests included artist/photographer Omid Scheybani (formerly with Google), Ehsan Saeedi (founder, Gate) and Soso Sazesh (founder/CEO, Growth Pilots), as well as a number of other Bay Area and Silicon Valley investors and tech start-up executives. The event raised $5k to assist young Iranian newcomers.

Nasiri says, "It was a wonderful night to come together to showcase these talented artists and chefs. The Persian community in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley has so many incredible resources--from top companies to influencers and investors--and Pars Generation+ is all about making introductions to newcomers and empowering one another by providing new opportunities for career success."

Pars Generation+ (ages 21 - 40) is the newest program from Pars Equality Center, the leading non-profit organization providing social, legal and community services to the Iranian-American community.

For more information, please see the press release.


Photo Credit: Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography


Generation+ Board members with philanthropist Bita Daryabari:
(Left to right) Mahnaz Milani Baladi (Apple, Inc.), attorney Nima Rahimi (San Francisco District Attorney's Office), Bita Daryabari (founder/executive director, Pars Equality Center), Shadi Rezvan (senior manager of Services and Transformation, Twitter), Sepideh Nasiri (serial entrepreneur / Gen+ founder), and Elnaz Eilkhani (executive director, Iranican Inc. / iTutor Group). Board member Navid Shahdi (engineering manager, Oculus/Facebook) not pictured.

Kevin Shovir a.k.a "CK1" with his works of art.
CK1 is an Iranian visual and graffiti artist pioneer. He explores Iranian root culture poets like Hafez and Rumi with the use of Persian alphabet/Islamic art motifs in his work. He was among the first artists that established the Iranian graffiti movement that emerged in Tehran in 2002. CK1 moved to San Francisco in 2011 where he has done many street and public art projects, such as the Clarion Alley mural project, SFMTA and the Chinese Culture Center project with Justin Hoover and Shaghayegh Cyrous.

Apple, Inc.'s own Chef Naz Afarin (Affie) Mahini
Presenting Persian cuisine with Pars Equality Center COO Reza Obadaee.

Gen+ Board members:
Navid Shahdi (engineering manager, Oculus/Facebook), Elnaz Eilkhani (executive director, Iranican Inc. / iTutor Group), Sepideh Nasiri (serial entrepreneur / Gen+ founder), Mahnaz Milani Baladi (Apple, Inc.), Shadi Rezvan (senior manager of Services and Transformation, Twitter), with guest and entrepreneur Abbos Roohparvar.


About Pars Generation+
Managing director Sepideh Nasiri conceived Pars Generation+ in October 2015 and launched in May 2016. Nasiri, a serial entrepreneur and the former vice president at Women 2.0, saw a gap in her community for the 21 - 40 demographic, so she approached Pars Equality Center to create a solution. Pars Generation+ is now the glue that brings the next generation of Iranian Americans together as individuals and organizations through "community, careers and connections." The organization provides the younger generation of Iranians, both American-born and immigrants, with career mentors, peer mentors and career opportunities. Pars Generation+ acts as a catalyst for social, cultural and economic integration of Iranians and Persian speaking communities to achieve their highest potential, stay connected and share their Iranian heritage. (website)

About Pars Equality Center
Founded in 2010 by renowned entrepreneur and humanitarian Bita Daryabari, the Pars Equality Center (PEC) is the first non-profit organization of its kind, supporting the full integration of people of Persian (Iranian) origin in the United States. PEC provides social and legal support for all members of the Iranian-American community, including refugees, immigrants and the American-born. The Center advocates for more positive perceptions of Persians in the U.S. media, while offering services and programs that help establish, integrate and support Iranian-Americans so that they are able to function responsibly and productively in American society. Daryabari's aim is to create a more just and compassionate community in which Iranians of all cultures and beliefs participate. PEC is headquartered in the San Jose-based Daryabari Iranian Community Center, which opened in April 2015, making it the first and most comprehensive non-profit legal, social and community support center providing direct services to Iranians in the United States. Additional PEC offices are also located in Menlo Park, Los Angeles and Orange County. Popular programs include the Silver Club for the 55+ demographic, while Generation+ is aimed at the younger generation, ages 21 to 40. (website)

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