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Passing the Torch of Success to the Next Generation

UCLA; Royce Hall

Held at the UCLA Royce Hall on May 10, former CNN anchor Rudi Bakhtiar and the popular actor/comedian Maz Jobrani will co-host a forum that will feature:

• Omid Kordestani - Vice President of Google and a force behind making this iconic company a worldwide phenomena
• Dr. Pardis Sabeti - An MIT, Harvard and Oxford educated evolutionary geneticist who CNN calls one of the geniuses of our time, and the lead singer and bass player of the Rock band Thousand Day
• Dr. Firouz Naderi - Associate Director of NASA’s JPL and the former Mars Exploration Program Manager who headed the Program during the spectacular landing of the rovers on Mars
• Dr. Hamid Biglari - Vice Chair of Citicorp, Princeton nuclear physicist turned Wall Street executive making strategic decisions about a global business in over 140 countries and $1.5 trillion dollars in assets
• Parisa Khosravi - Senior vice president of CNN who joined the giant cable network as a student intern and is now in charge of the international newsgathering for CNN worldwide
• Sam Nazarian - Founder and CEO of SBE, Entrepreneur and business executive who balances and directs the company's multitude of operating groups, including hotels, restaurants, nightlife and real estate

This event --presented by the UCLA student organization Iranian Future Leaders (IFL) in association with Public Affair Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) – is a part of a student-run annual conference that serves as a cornerstone of the leadership experience and training for hundreds of Iranian-American students from UCLA and other universities.

Sunday May 10, 2009
Royce Hall
4:00 – 7:30 pm (pre-event program starts at 3:00)

Tickets have now been made available for purchase through Ticketmaster:
$20 students; $40 general public

Limited number of tickets are available at:  Sherkat Ketab and Q Market (Daricheh Ketab)

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