Under the theme “To Empower U.S. Muslim Women,” AMWEC held its annual leadership conference at the Hyatt Regency. Anila Ali welcomed Congresswoman Maxine Waters, as well as State Department Special Representative to Muslim communities Farah Pandith, US Attorney Andre Birotte Jr., White House Senior Advisor on Civil Rights Amanda Baran, Pakistani Consul General Riffat Masood, and Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Michael Downing. See coverage in The Los Angeles Times.