IRVINE — Traveling into space was always a dream for Anousheh Ansari, co-founder and chairwoman of the Internet company Prodea Systems.
In 2006, she went to the International Space Station, making her the first woman to travel into space as a private citizen.
The Texas resident was among the Iranian American women Coastline Community College honored Sunday for professional and societal accomplishments.
"The most important thing is to inspire women to go after their dreams," she said. "No matter how difficult it is, if you put your mind to it, you'll be able to achieve it."
It's women like Ansari, who set and achieve goals that make a difference, who Mariam Khosravani gathered for the first Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine.
Khosravani, executive director of the college foundation, had a vision to hold a conference highlighting the accomplishments of women in America who, like her, emigrated from their homelands to United States.