This post is part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities.
Sepideh Nasiri, Founder & CEO, Persian Women In Tech.
What inspired you to start giving?
I have been giving to the community throughout my life, I started with volunteering at local organizations and later took more leadership in organizing and supporting initiatives.
What does giving mean to you? Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community?
It is part of our life to give. To quote Oprah: "I don't think you ever stop giving. I really don't. I think it's an on-going process. And it's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life".
What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back? Share a piece of advice will help them get started.
First identify what causes and initiatives you are passionate about. After that you can identify organizations and communities where you can either volunteer your time, skill, knowledge and of course financial contributions.
Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
Last year I co-chaired and help organize Nowruz at San Francisco City Hall, which is the Persian New Year Celebration. After 3 months of hard work and planning with the committee, City Hall Staff, as volunteers in the middle of the event we looked around and saw the result. 800 attendees of our community in the Bay Area ( Iranians/Non-Iranians, all ages, and from different walks of life) came together to learn more about the heritage and celebrate the first day of Spring and Persian New Year! The impact it had on our community and residence of San Francisco to come together was unforgettable.