Sharon Poppy Farsijani-Author
April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sharon Poppy Farsijani is a journalist, entrepreneur and national best-selling author. Her memoir “Shaming My Red Lips” explores her journey as an Iranian born and Brooklyn raised young woman who returns to her native city of Tehran along with her parents who have grown concerned that they were raising an Americanized young woman. Upon landing Farsijani is swept into another time and suffers from a shocking culture crash. Within months, Poppy realizes that education is the only freedom for a young woman there, attends college and is quickly hired as an on-air television anchor. Throughout her meteoric rise she meets men and women who thrive on trying to stop her. In the end her refusal to participate in mandatory Islamic rituals in the workplace led to her termination. Soon after, Farsijani was arrested on the streets of Tehran for wearing red lipstick.
Farsijani will talk about her fascinating journey from a reluctant feminist to fragrance founder, and how journalists are treated in the middle east.