W2W Annual Evening of Empowerment with Tala Raassi
Join Women2Women at our annual Evening of Empowerment for a night of connections, growth and inspiration featuring Tala Raassi, an Iranian American fashion designer, entrepreneur and author.
Join us for appetizers and networking, talk with our sponsors and learn about their products (maybe even win a prize!), and meet fellow women from our community before hearing Tala tell her story. Afterwards, she will be available to sign her books (for sale at event).
“Brave New Girl”
At sixteen years old, Tala was arrested at a co-ed party for her rebellious and unlawful acts of dancing to Western music and wearing a “mini” skirt. She faced the harsh punishment of five days in jail and forty lashes for wearing “indecent clothing” but ultimately for seeking simple freedoms. Following her unimaginable experience, Raassi moved back to the United States, where she continued to seek opportunities to express and celebrate freedom for all. “Freedom is not about the amount of clothing you put on or take off, it’s about having the choice to do so”.
“One of the Most Fearless Women in the World”
Born in the United States and raised in Iran, Tala is devoted to celebrating the beauty of women through her designs and to empowering women all around the world to follow their dreams. With bravery, a dream, hard work and some needle and thread, Raassi went from Iran to the Miss Universe competition and ultimately being named “One of the Most Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek Magazine. She made her mark in the fashion world at an early age with her talent in exclusive swimwear. Raassi captivated the world through her inspiring book, entitled “Fashion is Freedom: How a Girl from Tehran Broke the Rules to Change Her World”.
“One of the Most Influential Women in the World”
While her work reflects the celebration of beauty, it also reflects her belief in women’s strength. It’s a strength she sees in herself and her business. No matter the obstacles that she faced, Raassi did not allow the difficult hardships on her journey to deter her from chasing her dreams and creating change in the world. The Capitol File Magazine referred to her as the “Brave New Girl”.
Raassi has come full circle on her journey of empowerment to define the freedoms that so many take advantage of, earning herself the title of “One of the Most Influential Women in the World” by the London Times.
Tala has taken her experiences in life to the next level. She has been able to connect with women all over the world with her various public speaking engagements and business seminars. She continues to encourage others with her real life learning lessons. She has been able to elevate production in the business environment with various business techniques that help to reengage the mindset.
Thank you to the 2019 Women2Women Sponsors!
Penn State Health St. Joseph
UGI Energy Services, LLC
UGI Utilities, Inc.
Boscov's Department Store, Inc.
Carpenter Technology Corporation
East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc.
First National Bank
Penske Truck Leasing
Reading Hospital Tower Health
Berks Community Television
Berks County Bar Association
Berks County Living
Herbein + Company, Inc.
Highmark Blue Shield
Met Ed/ First Energy
MJ Reider Associates
New York Life Insurance
Reading Dermatology - Medical, Cosmetic & Skin Cancer Center
Reading Truck Body
Sweet Street Desserts
Tompkins VIST Bank
VA Productions, Inc.
DE MUJER A MUJER Investors
Giant Food Stores
HGSK Law Firm