Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Haleh Emrani, an entrepreneur, engineer, historian and philanthropist, will deliver the inaugural talk in Northeastern Illinois University’s Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh Servant Leadership Lecture series. Emrani currently is the business development manager at CorpInfo Services in Santa Monica, Calif.

Emrani’s lecture, titled “Dawn of a New Era of Leadership: When Ideas in Business, Academia and Philanthropy Converge,” will take place at 6 p.m. April 17 in Alumni Hall, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Emrani was born and raised in Iran. She immigrated to the United States in 1983. She earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University at Northridge, her master’s degree in Near Eastern History from California State University at Fullerton and her Ph.D. from UCLA with a focus on social status of women in the Late Antique Iran period.

Mossadegh, who was the first freely elected prime minister of Iran in 1951, believed leaders to be servants of their community.

“The purpose of Dr. Mossadegh’s Servant Leadership Fund is to promote the idea of servant leadership among future business leaders,” said Accounting, Business Law and Finance Professor Rasoul Rezvanian, chair of the Advisory Board for Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh Servant Leadership Fund.

The lectureship is made possible through contributions to The Mohammad Mossadegh Servant Leaders Fund from friends and alumni across the world. The Mossadegh endowment perpetuates the spirit of Servant Leadership by providing annual lectureships and scholarships at Northeastern.

Also at the April 17 event, three students will be awarded Mossadegh scholarships.