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Greater DC Gala


Friday, May 11, 2018
6:30 p.m. Reception & Silent Auction
7:30 p.m. Dinner Program


Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Join the Tahirih Justice Center as we honor our clients’ courage under fire and recommit ourselves to ending violence against women.

To learn more about corporate sponsorships and tickets sales for this event, contact Barfonce Baldwin at or 571-282-6170.

Breaking news: the Silent Auction is now LIVE! Don’t waste any time – check out this year’s amazing items, including a South African Safari, an Ireland adventure, a trip to the Emmys, and much more. Place your bids and keep an eye on your desired items over the next few days. Bidding ends at Friday at 8:30 p.m. EST.


Are you an Andy Grammer fan but did not plan to attend the Gala? Join us for his post-Gala, private, acoustic concert at 9:30 p.m.! Only a few dozen tickets left; first come, first served. Get yours today.


Master of Ceremonies
Eun Yang

Eun Yang anchors News4 Today, the #1 rated morning news in Washington, DC which won an Emmy award in 2017. Eun joined News4 as a general assignment reporter covering breaking news at 11 and has been the first to tell DC area viewers about breaking overnight news, severe weather, and major stories since 2010. In addition to anchoring News4 Today, Eun files compelling community stories about people and organizations important to the area and she won an Emmy for hosting a local restaurant show called Foodies: DC. Born in Seoul, Korea, Eun moved to the DC area before she was three. She grew up in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, attended Paint Branch High School and graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Maryland. She and her husband are raising their three kids in Washington, DC.

Keynote Speaker
Adama Iwu
Senior Director of Government Relations, Visa Inc, and co-founder of We Said Enough 

Adama Iwu serves as the president of the board of the We Said Enough Foundation, whose mission is to eliminate bullying, harassment, and assault in all its forms. On October 17, 2017, The Los Angeles Times published an open letter – led by Adama and signed by more than 140 women – on the pervasive culture of sexual harassment and assault in politics. As a result of these efforts, Adama was named a Silence Breaker by TIME Magazine in December 2017 and featured on the cover of the People of the Year edition. Adama is also the Senior Director of State and Local Government Relations in the Western U.S. for Visa Inc.

Featured Entertainer
Andy Grammer

Multi-platinum selling artist, Andy Grammer, is all about inspiring and empowering the world by communicating his truths through music. The first male pop star in a decade to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles, Andy has taken the music world by storm with a succession of pop hits, six of which are certified gold or better. His debut album featured the platinum singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me;” his second album, Magazines or Novels, featured the triple platinum hit “Honey, I’m Good,” one of the best-selling songs of 2015, and the certified gold anthem “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah).” Andy’s third album, The Good Parts, was released on December 1, 2017 and includes his global smash hit single “Fresh Eyes,” which has become a phenomenon with over 300 million total streams, the summer jam featuring LunchMoney Lewis, “Give Love,” as well as his new single “Smoke Clears.”

Courageous Voice Honoree
Aicha Abdoulaye Mahamane

From a young age, Aicha Abdoulaye Mahamane experienced violence in her origin country of Niger. After surviving sexual abuse, escaping female genital mutilation/cutting, and facing a forced marriage, she fled to Togo and then to the United States. Aicha arrived in New York in January of 2004 and for years suffered sexual assault, unpaid domestic servitude, and mental abuse at the hands of those who offered her shelter. She didn’t speak any English, didn’t have any friends or family nearby, and because of past experience with police, didn’t think she could call 911 for help. Aicha soon realized that without legal status, she would always be under the rule of someone else. She knew she had to seek real help. In December of 2012, 8 years after Aicha first arrived in the United States, Tahirih helped her file for asylum. In December 2017, just 5 months ago, her Green Card was approved! Aicha is now a full-time caregiver to her young son and is looking forward to starting her college education in nursing or social work.

Gala Honorees
Corporate Leadership Award
Kelly Mahon Tullier, EVP & General Counsel, Visa

Greater DC Firm of the Year

Greater DC Attorney of the Year
Catherine A. Bernard, U.S. Litigation Professional Support Lawyer, Mayer Brown LLP

Greater DC Volunteer of the Year
Claudia Acevedo

Tickets & Sponsorship
To learn more about corporate sponsorships and tickets sales for this event, contact Barfonce Baldwin at or 571-282-6170. Please fill out a sponsorship form to register.

Individual Tickets

General Admission: $350
Access to General Admission Gala Reception
Seated Dinner & Program

VIP Admission: $500
Access to General Admission Gala Reception
Premier Seating for Dinner & Program

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

To learn more about corporate sponsorship, contact Barfonce Baldwin at or 571-282-6161.

20 Premier Seats (2 tables of 10)
Recognition on Tahirih Social Media
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

20 Premier Seats (2 tables of 10)
Recognition on Tahirih Social Media
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

10 Premier Seats (1 table of 10)
Recognition on Tahirih Social Media
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

10 Premier Seats (1 table of 10)
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

10 Premier Seats (1 table of 10)
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

6 Premier Seats
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

4 Premier Seats
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

*All sponsorships must be confirmed by March 5 for inclusion in print invitation, April 16 for inclusion in printed program, May 4 for inclusion on webpage and in on-screen presentation.

CEO Remarks
Layli Miller-Muro
CEO and Founder, Tahirih Justice Center

Layli founded the Tahirih Justice Center in 1997 following her involvement in Matter of Kasinga, a high-profile case that established gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum in the U.S. Layli used her portion of the proceeds from a book she and Fauziya Kassindja co-authored about the case to launch Tahirih. Layli has been awarded Diane Von Furstenberg’s People’s Voice Award, Newsweek/Daily Beast’s 150 Most Fearless Women in the World, and Goldman Sach’s Top 100 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs. Layli began her career as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals before joining Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, where she practiced international litigation. Layli lives in Greater Washington, DC with her husband, three children, and dog, Anis.

Gala Committee
Rabia Sheikh, Co-Chair, Vice President, Litigation, Competition & Regulatory Affairs, Visa
Will Mudge, Co-Chair, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Elizabeth Anderson, former Executive Vice President, Legal and General Counsel, Personal Care Products Council
Katherine Ashley, Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions, Skadden Arps
Constance Chen, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Marjorie De La Cruz, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Pepsico
Marlo Goldstein, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Host Hotels & Resorts
Jamie Gorelick (Honorary), Partner, WilmerHale
Elizabeth Halpern, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Frank Kendall, former Under Secretary (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics), US Department of Defense
Laura Loeb, Manager, Loeb Oil Company
Soula Proxenos, Managing Director, International Housing Solutions
Nader Tamadon, Assistant Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Marti Thomas, Managing Director, Gephardt Government Affairs
Bushra Vahdat, Supervising Judge, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
Luise Welby, Senior Associate General Counsel, Freddie Mac


Corner Foundation, Inc.
The Ejtemai Foundation
Mayer Brown LLP
Visa Inc.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Hogan Lovells
Host Hotels & Resorts
Latham & Watkins LLP
Steptoe Foundation

Anonymous Donor
Arnold & Porter LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Egrari Plastic Surgery Center
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Jamie Gorelick & Richard Waldhorn
Doug & Suzanne Henck
Hilton Worldwide
Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Leanne Lachman
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Laura Loeb & Howard Morse
McDermott Will & Emery
Northrop Grumman
Reed Smith LLP
Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Kelly Mahon Tullier
Venable LLP
Dawn Vermilya
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP

Akerman LLP
Andrews Kurth LLP/Kathleen Wu
Baker McKenzie
Ballard Spahr LLP
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
Dechert LLP
Ernst & Young
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Frank Kendall & Beth Halpern
The Khorram Family
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Joanne Moore
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Mehrnaz Vahid
Mary Zients

Anonymous Donor
Alexander M. Bullock and Elizabeth H. Avery
Dr. Constance Chen
Anisa Cott & David Martin
Dentons US LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP
Freddie Mac
Frontier Solutions
Hollingsworth LLP
Hunton & Williams LLP
Will & Amy Mudge
Nader Tamadon
Torys LLP
Troutman Sanders LLP
Willis Towers Watson


Butler Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Marinated Tomato Mozzarella Skewer
Smoked Salmon Rosette with Orange Fennel Salad
Spinach, Feta, Pine Nut Strudel
Dijon Chicken in Puff Pastry


Rolls & Sweet Butter

Heirloom Tomato and Burratta Salad
Basil, Micro Greens, Sea Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Roasted Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Fontina Cheese
With a Morel Cream Sauce
Grits Cake, Spiralized Zucchini, Carrots, Squash and Roasted Asparagus

Chef’s Choice Vegetarian Entrée
Falafel and Lentils topped with Marinara Sauce and Vegetable Medley


Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bar
With Fresh Berries, Strawberry and Mango Sauce

Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Tazo Tea

Venue: The Marriott Marquis

The Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

If you are joining us from out of town, please note the discounted hotel room rate at our host venue, the Marriott Marquis. Reservations must be received on or before Friday, April 27, 2018 to ensure receipt of the discounted rate. After that date, the hotel will release any unreserved rooms for general sale.