Los Angeles Affiliate of AIWA Holds Symposium on Leadership


Anna Menedjian

LOS ANGELES — The first major event of the year hosted by the Los Angeles Affiliate of the Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA) will be a panel symposium and luncheon to on March 4. This symposium, titled “Pathways to Leadership,” follows the 25th Anniversary Leadership Conference in Cambridge, Mass. and brings to Los Angeles the outstanding women leaders who have achieved recognition and distinction in their chosen profession.

The symposium will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Armenian Society of Los Angeles, 112 South Louise Ave., Glendale, followed by luncheon at 12 noon with a keynote speaker.

Silva Katchiguian, president of AIWA-LA, said that the symposium will afford members and guests the opportunity to come and experience highlights from the 25th anniversary celebration and to hear from the stellar conference participants. Katchiguian states, “They are pioneers who are making a difference in the fields of arts and entertainment, politics and law, science, technology and journalism. Women leaders who continue the work of women’s empowerment with faithful dedication, commitment and passion.”

The panel will be moderated by Monique Svazlian Tallon, who specializes in executive coaching and training to empower next-generation women leaders. Tallon is CEO of Higher Path Consulting and the author of
 Leading Gracefully: A Women’s Guide to Confident, Authentic and Effective Leadership and founder of the Women and Power Leadership Forum. She also writes for the Huffington Post on issues related to diversity and inclusion as well as women’s leadership.

Other panelists will include Sona Movsesian, Lilit Yenokyan and Anna Menedjian with Marta Houske as keynote speaker.

Movsesian currently serves as the executive assistant for comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien. Movsesian worked with O’Brien on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” and then accompanied him on the “Legally Prohibited from Being on Television Tour.” The two of them visited Armenia and filmed their adventures for a special that aired on TBS. Movsesian was born into a close-knit Armenian community in Montebello and is a proud Angeleno.

Yenokiyan is a senior software engineer at Netflix responsible for the quality and the speed of delivery of mobile applications. She has led cross-functional and cross-departmental initiatives at Netflix and worked on improving the quality of video streaming. Besides being actively involved in the tech innovation segment of San Francisco Bay Area, Lilit is a member of the AIWA/SF affiliate and devoted member of the Armenian community. She is also a community leader of ABI.Local Silicon Valley.

Menedjian is a former journalist with an extensive background in law, business and leadership. She is the founder and CEO of California Women’s Law Center, a mass torts litigation management firm and the National Association of Women Business Owners, L.A. Board. She is also a Mayoral Blue Ribbon Commissioner and Ambassador to the Los Angeles Sparks. She regularly mentors students from her alma mater Pepperdine University’s Project E(x)ternship program.

Houske, the producer, director and writer of “Crows of the Desert – a Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide,” will be the keynote Speaker at the luncheon. An Emmy Award winner film director/producer, Houske spent nearly four years creating this unique film uncovering extraordinary and rare archival footage and photographs from around the world, revealing the terror bravery of this astonishing true story of the heroic efforts of Levon Yotnakhparian that took place a century ago during the Armenian genocide. Various fascinating historical figures appear in the story including Lawrence of Arabia, Prince Faisal, Hussein El-Attrache and Sarah Aaronsohn.

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