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.