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Iris Zimmermann & Henna Inam

Iris Zimmermann

Fencing | USA


Iris Zimmerman is an Olympic Fencer who represented Team USA at the 2000 Sydney Games. Over the course of her career as a professional fencer, Iris Zimmermann has broken many records, including becoming the first ever American to win a World Championship title and youngest national champion. In total, Iris holds three age category World Championship medals, one Senior World Championship medal, two National Championships, and one NCAA National Championship title. Throughout her career, she battled countless injuries and an abusive coach, hurdles that ultimately led to a forced retirement from sport. However, those lessons in strength and perseverance have led her to find purpose in learning and teaching about leadership and education. After retiring from professional sports and graduating from Stanford University, Iris earned an MBA and then turned her passion of fencing into a career. In 2009, she purchased the Rochester Fencing Club and has since grown its’ membership by 150% and tripled the size of the facility with her business partner and sister, Felicia Zimmermann. Through the fencing club, Iris has spent countless hours thinking of how to best tap into the inspiration of Olympism and the power of sport in order to inspire the next generation to become not only great athletes, but effective and successful adults. Additionally, Iris continues her passion for childhood education by volunteering as a Campaign Steering Committee Member for the Rochester Strong Museum of Play. The mission of The Strong is to “understand 'play' as a science which aids in the total mental development.” Today, Iris has transitioned her love of coaching into becoming a Performance Coach with a startup called Valor Performance. Through this start-up, she has found a new passion for taking her experience in sports, business, and coaching youth, and translating that into helping professionals become their best self. Although her career is important to her, Iris is also a dedicated wife and mother to two wonderfully independent girls, aged 4 and 6.

Henna Inam

CEO | Transformational Leadership, Inc.

MENTOR | IWF Georgia

Henna Inam is the CEO of Transformational Leadership Inc., and a former C-level executive with Novartis and Procter & Gamble. She drove transformation throughout her 20-year corporate career including in roles such as: Global Head e-Innovation at Novartis, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Region President for the Americas, and Country General Manager in Mexico. Henna brings significant global experience, having lived or worked in seven countries across four continents. Henna founded Transformational Leadership Inc. to help organizations develop authentic and agile leaders who create cultures of innovation, trust, inclusion, and growth. She is a trusted advisor to C-suite leaders globally. She is an independent board director of Engro Corp., the largest publicly traded company in Pakistan, where she also chairs the Board Compensation Committee. Henna is a leadership blogger for Forbes, global speaker, and a LinkedIn Author. She has appeared on Fox Business, NPR, and is quoted in Fortune/CNN/Money online. Committed to several non-profits that share her passion for the advancement of women, Henna is the organizer for TEDxWomen in Atlanta, GA and a member of the Board of Counselors for the Carter Center. Henna received her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed executive education programs at the Harvard Business School. Her book Wired for Authenticity won “2016 Leadership Book of the Year” award.

Iris Zimmermann & Maggi Carey, MD
Iris Zimmermann & Henna Inam
International Women's Forum