Daughters logoThe “Daughters of Greatness” breakfast series features prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism, and pursuits of justice. The stories and reflections they share are motivational to some people, transformative to others, and inspirational to all. The Ali Center periodically invites these local and international icons to share their stories with the Louisville community. The Daughters of Greatness series provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of justice, community engagement, and social movements within the Louisville area and beyond.

Unless otherwise noted, the format includes a hot breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 for Ali Center Members, $25 for non-Members, $15 for students. Tables of 8 and 10 also available. For reservations or more information, contact Erin Herbert at eherbert@alicenter.org.

If you would like to nominate a Daughter of Greatness, please click here!

Check out our Daughters of Greatness Breakfast Club and Sponsorship Opportunity for 2018. Must sign-up by February 1, 2018 here. To become an event sponsor, contact Erin Herbert at eherbert@alicenter.org / (502) 992-5341 or Kelly Watson at kwatson@alicenter.org / (502) 992-5338.

Thank you to our 2018 Daughters of Greatness Breakfast Club Table Sponsors: Brown-Forman Corporation, Hyatt Regency Louisville, The Glenview Trust Company, John and Barb Leshney, Metro United Way, Bellarmine University, Mary Casey, Dr. Alex Gerassmidies, PNC Bank, Lonnie Ali and Family Scholar House.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Capt. Niloofar Rahmani (Wednesday, September 19, 2018)

Photo of Capt Niloofar RahmaniJoin the Ali Center in welcoming this month’s Daughter of Greatness, Capt. Niloofar Rahmani. 

Niloofar Rahmani is the first female fixed-wing Air Force aviator in Afghanistan's history and the first female pilot in the
Afghan military 
since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Though her family received death threats, she persevered to complete her training and won the U.S. State Department's “International Women of Courage Award” in 2015.

Rahmani was born in Afghanistan in 1992. Since she was a child, she had a dream of becoming a pilot and spent nearly a year studying English to be able to attend flight school. She enlisted in the Afghan Air Force Officer Training Program in 2010 and, in July 2012, she graduated as a Second Lieutenant.

Two female helicopter pilots during the Soviet era, along with her father, served as inspiration for Rahmani's achievement. Her first solo flight was in a Cessna 182. Wanting to fly larger aircraft, she went to advanced flight school and was soon flying the
C-208 military cargo aircraft. Women are traditionally banned from transporting dead or wounded soldiers; however, Rahmani defied orders when she discovered injured soldiers upon landing in one mission. Flying them to a hospital, she reported her actions to her superiors, who imposed no sanctions.

When her achievements were publicized, Rahmani's family received threats from both family members and the Taliban, who disapproved of her ambition and career choices. The family has had to move several times, but Rahmani is resolute and aims to fly a larger C-130 plane and become a flight instructor to inspire other women. She began training on C-130s with the US Air Force in 2015 and completed the program in December 2016, following which she applied for asylum in the United States. Rahmani hopes to eventually become a military pilot for the United States Air Force. She was granted asylum in April 2018.

A hot breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m and the program will start at 9:00 a.m.

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