Genesis’ Women’s Leadership Salon (May 2019)


Women’s Leadership


The 2019 Women’s Leadership Salon took place from May 15-17, 2019.

For information on the current Salon, please visit the main Salon page.


Global Affairs

Abha Joshi-Ghani

  • Senior Advisor, Infrastructure; The World Bank

Judge Najla Ayoubi

  • Former Supreme Court Justice (Afghanistan)

Kitty Kurth

  • Political Strategist and Social Justice Crusader

Mary Ann Ahern

  • Political Reporter, NBC5 News Moderator


Frédérique Lehoux

  • First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN

Monica Eng

  • Reporter, WBEZ (Chicago’s NPR Station)

Carli Taylor

  • Community Case Manager, Lawndale Christian Legal Center

Linda Yu

  • Former ABC7 Anchor/Reporter, Journalist, Author, Speaker


Dr. Galia Boneh

  • Professor, Academic College of Arts and Society
  • Program Designer, Israeli Ministry of Justice, Government Unit against Racism (Israel)

Dr. Nivine Megahed

  • President, National Louis University

Dr. Lynette Jackson

  • Professor, African and Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago

Christie Hefner

  • Activist and Business Strategist


Badi Assad

  • Musician, Composer, Author
  • Saffron Caravan Vocalist and Guitarist

Reema Dhawan

  • Vocalist

Andrea Valentina Perez

  • Vocalist/Poet

Miriam Cing

  • Vocalist, Spoken Word


Allison Shelley

  • Photojournalist

Badi Assad

  • Musician, Composer, Author
  • Saffron Caravan Vocalist and Guitarist

Chef Carrie Nahabedian

  • James Beard Award-winning chef at Brindille (and NAHA)

Wendy Sternberg, MD

  • Founder & Executive/Artistic Director, Genesis at the Crossroads

Shuling Yong

  • Documentary Filmmaker, Media for Social Change

Youth Leadership

Anosha Rahim

  • 2017 Genesis Academy Summer Institute Graduate
  • Minerva University

Miriam Cing

  • Vocalist, Spoken Word

Reema Dhawan

  • Vocalist

Schedule & Locations

Wed: Opening Dinner at Brindille Restaurant (534 North Clark St)
Thu: Salon Day 1 at The Residence of HM Consul General of Chicago
Fri: Salon Day 2 at DePaul Law (25 East Jackson)

Opening Night Dinner

Dinner with James Beard Award-winning Chef Carrie Nahabedian

Morning Session: Global Affairs

Chicago Gold Coast Address to be provided separately

Hosted by Mrs. Fabiola Saville, Wife of HM CG

Afternoon Session: Policy/Diversity/Community

Evening of Arts and Creativity

Discussion, dinner and performance

Morning Session: Education

25 E. Jackson, Room 341

Parking: Park One 328 S. Wabash (before 9 a.m. there is a rate of $20; after 9:00 am $26)

Park One – enter on the Wabash side of the building.

Afternoon Session: Youth Leadership