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Keynote Speaker Iram Shah of Schneider Electric


WorldChicago will hold its 16th Annual International Women’s Day Fair at the Union League Club in Chicago.

March 8, 2017 marks International Women’s Day, a date reserved to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and a ‘call-to-action’ for accelerating gender parity. In honor of this occasion, WorldChicago is proud to present its 16th Annual International Women’s Day Fair & Luncheon, an event that has helped raise awareness of Women’s Day in the Chicago community.

The luncheon features a keynote speaker whose unique background reflects that women’s success is not limited to any sector or place. 2017 Keynote Speaker Iram Shah, who was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the UK in 2005, is no exception. Now Senior Vice President of Customer Transformation at Schneider Electric and Chairman of the Sonia Shah Organization, Ms. Shah has worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies in five countries.

“I feel that America really is a land of opportunity, where your hard work pays off,” Ms. Shah remarked. “However, no country is beyond improvement, and it has been a valuable experience living in so many countries and learning about the challenges women must cope with in each of them.” This experience, Ms. Shah noted, reinforced to her the importance of creating opportunities for other women and girls, which the Sonia Shah Organization does through educating girls in Pakistan and in the U.S.

Prior to the luncheon, WorldChicago holds an International Fair where Chicago organizations from a variety of fields highlight their work in key issue areas, from Chicagoans Helping Haiti to the Chicago Cultural Alliance. The fair continues the tradition of bringing hundreds of Chicagoans together to celebrate women’s successes and encouraging collaboration on solutions to unmet challenges.

“Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women join the conversation about gender parity and our role in supporting women around the world,” said Peggy Parfenoff, President of WorldChicago.


The International Women’s Day Fair & Luncheon is hosted by WorldChicago, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that hosts citizen diplomacy programs that connect the Chicago community with international professional and youth leaders participating in U.S. Department of State exchanges in Chicago. A core part of WorldChicago’s values is supporting women’s empowerment and equality by creating opportunities for women in entrepreneurship, technology, social sectors, and by elevating the potential of women and girls in STEM fields.


Schneider Electric develops connected technologies and solutions to manage energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable.

Schneider Electric has supported and implemented policies that advance and empower women in the workplace. That includes being one of 10 corporate champions for the United Nations’ #HeForShe global solidarity movement. Schneider Electric puts gender equality on the top of its agenda, making diversity not just a human resource focus, but a key business strategy.

The International Women’s Day Fair & Luncheon starts at 10:30 am on March 8 at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604. Tickets and more information can be found at http://www.worldchicago.org/all-event-list/2017intlwomensday/. We also encourage you to be part of the conversation #WorldChicagoforBeBoldforChange


For more information about WorldChicago, please visit: www.worldchicago.org

For more information about the Sonia Shah Organization, please visit: http://soniashahorganization.com/

For more information on IWD, please visit: http://www.chicagowomensday.org

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