Meet our new AAWO President, Ms. Beti Beno, Esq.


AAWO's President

On December 3, 2016, Ms. Beti Beno, Esq. was elected the new Albanian American Women’s Organization (AAWO) president.  Ms. Beno was born in Tirana, Albania during the peak of the communist regime in Albania.  In the early 1990s when communism fell in Albania, she and her family were able to escape Albania and come to the United States as refugees. In 1998, Ms. Beno received her Bachelor of Science degree, in Psychology, from City University of New York/Hunter College.  In 2002, Ms. Beno received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In 2003, Ms. Beno was admitted to practice law in the state of New York. Ms. Beno is a founding partner of Marku, Beno & Tsamblakos, PLLC in New York, New York.  Ms. Beno is a member of the New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Beno interned for the Brooklyn Legal Aid Society, assisting battered and abused women in divorce cases and various family court proceedings. This experience had influenced her decision to continue in non-profit work for Albanian American Women’s Organization “Motra Qiriazi”.

Ms. Beno has been a board member and subsequently the Vice-President of the Albanian American Women Association for approximately seven years.  Ms. Beno has served in the past as a board member of St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church and is currently a board advisor of the Albanian American Success Stories.

Ms. Beno has stated “I look to continuing to serve and partner with the area’s nonprofit organizations in this new capacity.  I am dedicated to this organization because it provides vital human services and cultural enrichment to our community.”

Ms. Beno is a wonderful mother to two sons and a dedicated wife to her husband, Isidoros Tsamblakos, who is also a partner at the firm.

AAWO Holiday Event


AAWO kicked off the holiday season with a festive year-end fundraising event, at Arno’s Manhattan, attended by well over a hundred AAWO members and their friends, and honored guests: Albanian Ambassador to the UN, Besiana Kadare and Kosovo Ambassador Teuta Sahatqija.

December 3, 2016 marks a special benchmark for AAWO: the official creation of AAWO Florida Branch and the election of new AAWO President, Beti Beno, Esq. The passing of the torch was announced in a speech by Dr. Anna Kohen, who was elected President of The Florida Chapter.

Congratulations to our new AAWO President, Beti Beno, Esq. and  wishing years of continued success to AAWO in serving the community.

During the festive luncheon, AAWO shared with its members The Golden Eagle Award, given to AAWO at the First Diaspora Summit, and touched on main achievements of 2016.

Happy holidays to all our members, friends and their families! Thank you for your generosity and support of our mission.










AAWO was honored with the Golden Eagle Award


unnamed-4AAWO was honored with the Golden Eagle Award at the Gala event concluding the 1st Diaspora Summit in Tirana, Albania, on November 20, 2016. We take pride in our board, members, volunteers and everyone who has contributed over the years to sustain our mission, to be a place for women and girls to be inspired, to overcome difficulties and achieve success. The prize was accepted on behalf of AAWO by Mark Kosmo of MASS-BESA. AAWO President, Dr. Anna Kohen, sent a video message which was played live for the audience upon receiving the award. Further more, AAWO would like to thank the community in the US who has congratulated our organization on this well deserved honor. Thank you for your messages of support and encouragement of our work. We are very excited to share this special prize with you on December 3rd Annual Holiday Event.


Thanksgiving donation


unnamed-8In the spirit of the Thanksgiving Holiday, AAWO made the annual turkey donations to the parishioners in need of St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church in Jamaica Estates, Queens. Thank you to Fr. Nathan Preston and the Church Council Members pictured here with Beti Beno, Esq., for their enthusiasm and support of our annual turkey drive.

We wish everyone and your families a very happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for your support.


Meeting of #AAWO Board and Volunteers with Her Excellency Odeta Nishani, First Lady of the Republic of Albania.


On September 22, 2016, AAWO Board and Volunteers had a very productive meeting with Her Excellency Odeta Nishani, First Lady of the Republic of Albania. AAWO members and Mrs. Nishani touched on issues close to their hearts: women and children.  The dominant theme was how to coordinate the humanitarian work to benefit children in Albania suffering from leukemia, children in need of bone marrow transplants, autism and blindness, among others.


AAWO members spoke on the main programs implemented in our own community here in the US: the scholarship program, mobile mammography program, children heart’s surgeries in cooperation with The Rotary Club of the Bronx, our advocacy work and continuing to
support Albanian immigrant women and girls to fully integrate in society through job placement and referrals, English language resources, etc.

The dinner was held in a warm atmosphere at Ben & Jacks Restaurant in Manhattan.