The Women of Achievement Award was created to recognize Tri Deltas who have demonstrated achievement and leadership in their volunteer, philanthropic, civic or professional pursuits. The unique accomplishments of each award winner honor the values of our sisterhood and illustrate Tri Delta’s commitment to our members’ growth and development into well-rounded, successful women. Tri Delta is pleased to recognize the following three women as our 2016 Women of Achievement!
Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico
Michelle Lujan Grisham is serving her second term representing New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. A 12th-generation New Mexican, Michelle has dedicated her life to serving her community, fighting for seniors and veterans, and building an economy that works for all New Mexicans.
During her first term, she stood up for veterans and their families and protected good-paying jobs at Kirtland Air Force Base. She also passed legislation to invest in appropriate training for police and restore $16 million to rebuild an elementary school that serves at-risk kids. A long-time advocate for the most vulnerable citizens, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham is working to lift the state out of poverty by creating opportunities for New Mexico families. She is pushing an ambitious plan, called CARE Corps, that would provide support for family caregivers and help meet the growing demand for the care of aging and disabled Americans.
A former small business owner, Bernalillo County Commissioner, Secretary of Health, and Secretary of Aging and Long-Term Services, Rep. Lujan Grisham now serves on the three committees in the U.S. House of Representatives: Budget Committee, Agriculture Committee, and Oversight & Government Reform. She was also selected by her colleagues to serve as 1st Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Kristen Hadeed, Florida
During her junior year in college, Kristen founded one of Florida’s largest independently owned cleaning services, Student Maid™ which now employees over 500 employees. It all started with a pair of jeans. Eyeing some expensive denim, Kristen asked her parents for a loan, but they laughed and told her to get a job. As a finance major with a challenging course load and little free time, Kristen needed a part-time position that was flexible enough to accommodate her demanding schedule — so she chose to create her own opportunity. Kristen posted an ad on Craigslist to clean houses to pay for the jeans, but things quickly grew – a lot. Before she knew it she had so many cleaning requests that she had to hire her friends to help. Through this experience she has learned what it means — and what it takes — to be a boss. In her workshop at Convention, “From Dorm Room to Board Room,” Kristen will be challenging her fellow Tri Deltas to become powerful women equipped with the self-confidence to become the leaders they are meant to be.
Zsila Sadighi, Texas A&M
Dr. Sadighi is a pediatric neurologist and pediatric neuro-oncologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She was first exposed to St. Jude during a neuro-oncology rotation during her fellowship, and it completely changed the direction she had envisioned for her professional life. Little did she know that her journey to St. Jude had really started when she joined Tri Delta as an undergraduate at Texas A&M University. Today, she’s a member of Tri Delta’s Memphis Alumnae Chapter, and she works in the Tri Delta-funded C-Clinic at St. Jude.
Dr. Sadighi received her medical degree from the University of Texas at Houston Medical School, and she completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in child and adolescent neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and fellowship in adult and pediatric neuro-oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is presently with the faculty as an Assistant Member in the division of Neurology at St Jude.