Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) and ATAA Committee on UN Relations proudly present:

The theme of the 2021 International Day of Women: CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE
On the observance of International Day of Women (March 8) and
in support of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)5: Gender Equality

Sunday, March 7, 2021
12:30pm- 2:30pm EST

The webinar will take place online via zoom application.
Please register through the link below:


ATAA President, Head Representative of
ATAA to the United Nations Department of Global Communications

Pianist and Instructor
MacPhail Center for Music, Minnesota

Professor of Economics
Quinlan School of Business
Loyola University, Chicago

Keynote Speaker:

H. H. Sun Professor of Biomedical
and Electrical Engineering
School of BIOMED
Drexel University, Philadelphia

Entrepreneur, Former Political Candidate
Commissioner for the MetroWest Commission on
the Status of Women, Massachusetts

Old Dominion Women’s Soccer Player
Old Dominion University, Virginia

PhD Student, Ege University
Alumna, Turkey – TWI Sparks Program

Attorney at Law
GlobalB Law Firm

ATAA Secretary

ATAA Past President

ATAA New York Region V.P.
ATAA Committee on UN Relations, Chair

“Fight to Freedom”
Piano Performance by



Republic of Turkey (1923) has been one of the luckiest countries in the Middle East as a secular country, in particular, from the girls and women perspectives. Turkey has been the first country in the Middle East and in the Muslim countries at large by having Women Emancipation and civil rights and rights to vote and to be elected to the office as part of the National Development policy and programs. As the outcome of visions of Ataturk, founder of Turkey, trusting in youth, girls and women in Turkey since its formation, success of Turkish women in various disciplines expanded far beyond the borders of Turkey. Its outcome comes out to the surface more often in recent years in the world. With this background, we have aimed to celebrate and present some of these well-accomplished Turkish Women in the United States, mainly in five disciplines and one-speaker from each, plus two-young speakers. Overall, the program promises to present in a rich spectrum of bright and successful Turkish woman in the U.S. in connection with the International Day of Women (March 8) and Sustainable Development Goals 5 (SDG#5).





Pınar Başgöze, a native of Ankara, Turkey, received her B. A. and M. A. degrees in piano performance under the tutelage of Professor Banu Perk at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in Turkey. She studied Piano Pedagogy and Performance with Professor Maria Curcio in London, after winning the third prize in British Council the Young Musician of the Year Piano Competition in 1998. She earned a scholarship to study piano performance with Dr. Paul Shaw at the University of Minnesota School of Music.She is the founding member of Duo Harmonia founded in 2008 with Portuguese-American pianist Susana Pinto. Their duo received 2018 MacPhail Artist Development Grant, funded by The McKnight Foundation, to record and release their first CD, Harmonia. Pınar Başgöze recently received the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant FY 2020 for commissioning pieces for piano duet and narrator composed by three different composers from three different countries, based on Minnesotan, Portuguese, and Turkish folk tales. Pınar is a full-time piano faculty member at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and skillfully managing a life filled with teaching piano, performing, and raising her family.



E. Mine Çınar, MA, PhD, is a Professor of Economics at Loyola University Chicago. She holds degrees from Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey (BA), Vanderbilt University (MA) and Texas A&M University (PhD) and was a Fulbright-Hays grant graduate student from Turkey to the USA. Her fields of interest are in all aspects of international economic development, applied econometrics and game theory. She has published on various topics in economic development, such as small-scale firms, women and informal work, financial markets, entrepreneurship and bankruptcy predictions. She is currently working on environmental issues and sustainability. She has received research grants from IDRC and Population Council and has held faculty positions at Oklahoma State University, Bogazici University, and a research position at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the publisher and managing editor of the open access online Middle East Economics Association proceedings journal “Topics in Middle East and North African Economies”. She is a Research Fellow of Economic Research Forum and is an ex-President of Middle East Economic Association.


PROF. BANU ONARAL – Keynote Speaker

Banu Onaral is H. H. Sun Professor of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. She earned her PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania (1978). Her academic focus both in research and teaching is centered on information and system engineering with special emphasis on complex systems, biomedical signal processing in ultrasound and functional optical brain imaging. She is the founder of several research laboratories including the CONQUER [Cognitive Neuroengineering and Quantitative Experimental Research] CollabOrative. She founded the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and served as the Founding Dean (1997 – 2014). In this capacity, Dr. Onaral led the translational research initiative for rapid commercialization of biomedical technologies developed at Drexel University. The program has been awarded the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership Endowment. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), A Fellow of IEEE- Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Fellow and a Founding Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She currently serves as the Senior Presidential Advisor for ‘Global Innovation Partnerships’ at Drexel University and leads the development of the Global Innovation Partnership endowment created under her name. Throughout her career, she actively forged international academic and translational research partnerships with universities as well as science and technoparks, primarily in China and Turkey.



Ceylan Rowe is an entrepreneur, former Massachusetts State Representative Candidate, Commissioner for the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women, advocate for gender equity globally, board member to She’s Local, Advisor to Girl Up and Jetpac. Ceylan Rowe has been advocating for women and girls locally and globally for over 25 years. She was the founder of Trendy Napkin, a socially conscious e-commerce business that sells products to help inspire women while donating a percentage to Girl Up, which has partnered with the United Nations to support comprehensive programs that give adolescent girls in developing countries an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence. Trendy Napkin also sells products created by women in rural areas. Over the past 5 years, Ceylan has also been a Commissioner for the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission’s mission is to advance women toward full equality in all areas of life, and to promote rights and opportunities for all women throughout their lives in the MetroWest. Ceylan studied Political Science and International Affairs at Northeastern University. She is currently attending Babson’s MBA program.



Ece Türkoğlu is considered one of the best players in Turkey women’s national senior soccer team with 70 international caps at all levels. Since her graduation from science high school, she had been aiming to study abroad while playing soccer. Eventually, after a lot of effort given, she transformed her bright on field skills and academic success into a dream when she was accepted with full scholarship by Old Dominion University in 2019. On the pitch, she made a great start as she was selected “the freshman of the year” in NCAA Division I Conference USA group and besides earned a place in “All Leagues’ Bronze Team” in her first year. Her success also grows off the pitch as she has been studying computer science and made a GPA of 3.6. After all, Ece has become a role model for young girl athletes in Turkey and continues to inspire them with her story.



Zehra Morçimen is a PhD student at Ege University, Bioengineering Department. She completed her master thesis with collaboration of Drexel University and Ege University and the thesis is about neuron and macrophage interaction. Her academic interests include autoimmunity and neurodegenerative disorders. She has worked on a project about 3D and in vivo Parkinson disease modeling and regeneration supported with biomaterials and is now focusing on Multiple Sclerosis disease modeling and treatment methods. Zehra also completed her undergraduate Ege University. She is a graduate of Degisim Liderleri Dernegi’s (DLD) (Change Leaders Association) Sparks Program in Turkey, a leadership skills development program for university women. She continues to be an active volunteer and support other young women to emerge as leaders in their communities. DLD was instrumental in organizing Zehra’s internship at Drexel University.



Saime Atakan, LL.M, born in Turkey (1991), is a lawyer licensed in Istanbul and has a pending application with the State Bar of California. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ankara University School of Law and an LL.M (Master of Laws) degree from University of Maryland School of Law. Her focus of interests are technology law and international dispute resolution. She studied gender equality with Professor Gulriz Uygur at Ankara University School of Law. She is lawyer at an international Law Firm, and works on technology law, privacy law, and international dispute resolution. She combines her studies in gender equality with her profession and leads diverse organizations in technology and cross-border dispute resolution. She is the founder of Blockchain Baltimore, a member of Crypto Women Turkey, and has been serving as the material coordinator at the American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section. She jointed ATAA Committee on UN Relations in October, 2020.





The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA), representing over 50 local chapters and 500,000 Turkish Americans throughout the United States, serves locally and nationwide to develop an informed and empowered Turkish American community and to support strong U.S.-Turkish relations. The ATAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed under the laws of the District of Columbia in 1979. As a non-faith-based organization, ATAA is open to people of diverse backgrounds. ATAA associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications in July 2020. The founding principle of ATAA was the need to create cohesion and cooperation among the large numbers of social/cultural Turkish American organizations around the US. The Assembly’s main goal is to be a link between all communities, large or small, and pursue their interests in Washington and beyond. The main objectives of ATAA are two-fold. One is to create an informed national Turkish American community that can help foster US-Turkey relations and take an active part in promoting a balanced and truthful picture of Turkey in the US. The other is to educate Americans in government, the media, and the public at large about Turkey and issues that concern us as Turkish Americans.



The Committee was formed by the Board of Directors of ATAA in November 2019 towards the starting association process with the United Nations Department of Global Communication (UNDGC). Official application towards the association was submitted to the UNDGC on March 30, 2020. It was granted and announced through the UN News Center on July 14, 2020. Instantly, and since then the Committee has been developing programs that are within the core Mission of ATAA along with those supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and/or UN Days. In this line, this program is developed to observe the International Day of Women (March 8), along with, to contribute in the Sustainable Development Goals 5 (SDG5), which is “Gender Equality”. Since July 14, 2020, the Committee has undertaken and presented four UN related webinars including this one. The Committee selected 6 UN Days for 2021, and it meets on a monthly basis.

ATAA’s Head Representative to the United Nations is, President Mazlum Koşma. Chair of the Committee is Bircan Ünver; co-chair is Gökhan Özalp (past-president of ATAA); and secretaries are: Yücel Tavolara (Mid-West V.P.) and Selim Erhan (past Mid-West V.P.). Members are: Sevgin Oktay (past New York Region V.P.) and Burcu Tansu (First V.P. and Western Region V.P.). Youth members are: Alev Erhan, Saime Atakan and Ali Alp Gürer. The Committee operates underneath of the Board of Directors of ATAA.

For inquires or question, please kindly e-mail to: (Bircan Ünver), or (Hakan Dakin)


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