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Annual Signature Event: Portrait of Success 2018
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Annual Signature Event: Portrait of Success 2018

Please join us for our Annual Signature Event including an opening networking cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and keynote speaker Drena Kusari, the first female operations manager in her industry and Athena Award winner, will be our keynote speaker. From her first job for Save the Children right after the war ended in Kosovo, to her current role as the first female General Manager for Lyft.

4/5/2018
When: Thursday Evening
From 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: SRP Pera Club
1 East Continental Drive
Tempe, Arizona  85281
United States
Presenter: Drena Kusari, the first female operations manager in her industry and Athena Award winner
Contact: Heather Kivatinos

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You are cordially invited to attend!

Please join us for our Annual Signature Event including an opening networking cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and keynote speaker. This event is our annual fundraiser, supporting our events year-round to advance women in their careers.

We're very excited to share that Drena Kusari, the first female operations manager in her industry and 2018 Athena Award winner, will be our keynote speaker.

This event has grown and we're grateful to our hosts at the SRP Pera Club. We now have room for you and your network to enjoy this evening with some of the best and brightest women in business in Phoenix.

We hope you will join us for an enlightening and empowering evening!

And as if the great company and program weren't enough, our menu is sure to please any palate with a selection of tantalizing appetizers to enjoy during our networking social hour, a delicious dinner and dessert station.

Networking certainly never tasted this good, so don't delay and RSVP today on Eventbrite by clicking here.

This event is open to all professional women interested in furthering their network and careers.



About Our Keynote Speaker


Joining us this year is an inspirational triumph. From her first job as a tracing officer and field interpreter for Save the Children right after the war ended in Kosovo, to her current role as the first female General Manager for Lyft, Drena now oversees growth strategy, marketing and operations.

Drena Kusari connects transportation with technology to improve the lives of millions in the Phoenix metro. Under her leadership, in the last year, Lyft has added over $40 million in economic value in Phoenix, and expects that number to more than double this year.

Drena is a dedicated leader and mentor in the community, volunteers on multiple boards and serves as a mentor for Social Venture Partners. For two years in a row, Drena has also served as a judge in the March Venture Madness competition. Drena serves as a mentor to young girls interested in STEM and technology careers and has recently become involved with Phoenix’s Girls in Tech chapter. Drena is also a powerful champion in the advancement of children and women and has made that clear through her support of Junior Achievement, Fresh Start and Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE) organizations. As she is originally from Kosovo, Drena is also a mentor and advisor at GjirafaLabs, one of the leading technology incubators in the Balkans.

Drena graduated with dual honors and a double major (BA in Economics and BA in Diplomacy) from Occidental College and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston. She is a resident of Tempe, AZ with her husband and two daughters.



Highlight your business in a number of ways!

Donate items to our silent auction, or sponsor the cocktail hour or dessert bar. Table sponsorship creates a team event for 10 attendees plus shows off your brand as a proponent of women in leadership.For additional sponsorship opportunities please contact Heather Kivatinos at phoenix.president@mbawomen.org