Astronaut and Entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari to speak at
DFW International Dinner with the Mayors

For Immediate Release
February 28, 2012
Contact: Anne Marie Weiss-Armush
DFW International Community Alliance

DFW International Community Alliance announces the fifth annual Dinner with the Mayors with keynote speaker Anousheh Ansari on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The event will take place at the Fairmont Hotel located at 1717 North Akard Street at 6pm and more than 20 mayors are expected to be in attendance. The Dinner with the Mayors is open to the public and tickets are available for $100 from the webpage, or by calling 972-661-2764.

Plano entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari was born in Iran and is the co-founder / chairman of Prodea Systems. She formerly served as CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. and at the age of 35 she was named the "boldest newcomer" by Fortune magazine, which featured her in a list of America’s 40 most successful business figures under the age of 40. In 2006 she became the first astronaut of Iranian descent as part of the Soyuz TMA-9 trip to the International Space Station.

"DFW international's Dinner with the Mayors is an opportunity for the region's global leaders to interact with corporate and civic officials in celebration of the cultural diversity in the Dallas/Fort Worth area," says Anousheh Ansari. "As an Iranian-American entrepreneur I consider the Dinner to be a perfect moment to celebrate the New Americans who are contributing across the DFW metroplex in the areas of education, culture, health, and business.  The attendance of more than 20 mayors recognizes the importance of the 44% of our residents who are foreign-born and their children."

DFW International Community Alliance is the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 of the regions ethnic and internationally-focused civic, community and educational organizations.  Its mission is to build mutual understanding and respect by linking diverse international cultural communities. The organization promotes and links North Texas global groups through its website and cultural calendar at .  For more details about DFW International Community Alliance, see the media page HERE  or call 972-661-2764.