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School of Law to Host Presentation — Shihana Alazzaz: A Saudi Woman in the Corner Office

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2017 - 8:08 AM Law , Arts and Sciences , Engineering , All News , Business

Western New England University School of Law and the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts will offer a special presentation by visiting Saudi attorney Shihana Alazzaz. The event will be held on Tuesday September 5, and begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Blake Law Center, 1215 Wilbraham Road in Springfield, MA. The presentation will be followed by a networking reception at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested at: eventbrite.com/e/shihana-alazzaz-a-saudi-woman-in-the-corner-office-tickets-37072575070.

Shihana Alazzaz is one of the first women licensed to practice law in Saudi Arabia and is passionate about mentoring other young women in her field. Born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, she left at the age of 17 to study law in the United Kingdom. When she returned to Saudi Arabia with a law degree she was denied employment, as Saudi customs and laws did not permit it. After starting her career in England and then working in New York City, Alazzaz returned home to Riyadh and became the only woman at an elite Saudi law firm. Alazzaz continued to advance in her field and is now serving as the Head of Transactions at the Public Investment Fund in Riyadh. As part of the first wave of women practicing law in her country, Alazzaz has committed herself to nurture young talent, particularly young women, across the Gulf region. As part of these efforts, Alazzaz regularly shares her inspirational story with young professionals in Saudi Arabia, and she will now share her story of perseverance in Springfield, MA.

The event will be streamed live at: wne.edu/law/live/

For more information contact the Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs at the Western New England University School of Law, at arthur.wolf@law.wne.edu.