Noosheen Hashemi honors women’s rights
San Francisco Chronicle
Atherton philanthropist Noosheen Hashemi, a former Oracle Corp. vice president, likes nothing more than to get things done, one reason her friends are cautious in accepting party invitations, which often come with suggested topics for chitchat and grant making. True to form, she invited 50 women to lunch (salad, branzino and Sauvignon Blanc) at the Fairmont Hotel penthouse on March 8 for her 50th birthday and a discussion of women’s rights and achievements. It was, after all, International Women’s Day. Among those attending: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and domestic violence activist Esta Soler (pictured to the left and right of Hashemi), state Attorney General Kamala Harris, American India Foundation chair Lata Krishnan, “The Promises” filmmaker Justine Shapiro, inDinero founder Jessica Mah and other Bay Area powerhouses. “People ask me, ‘So your idea of a wild time is another seminar?’ Hashemi told the crowd. “My answer is, ‘Well, yes, actually!’ ”
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