WATERTOWN — On Monday, June 3, there will be a St. James Armenian Church Men’s Club dinner meeting at the church’s Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center. The guest will be Michael Zildjian, author, podcaster, and speaker.
Zildjian is a Watertown native and former student at the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) day school here. His Zilosophy platform leads conversations which teach self-awareness and honest self-evaluation with the goal of helping people make informed choices that allow them to bring their best to whatever they do. Zildjian’s first book, Zilosophy on Golf, has been praised by golfers and non-golfers alike as a great way to simplify golf and life. At the talk, he will lead a discussion based on what it means to be the best Armenians we can be for our community and the world.
Having grown up in a small town, Zildjian never dreamt of being a writer. When he decided to move across the country to go to college at Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif., a whole world opened up to him that he had never imagined. Since then, he has traveled to 45 of the continental United States, and has dived head first into the cultures of a dozen or so international countries. He has met people from all walks of life, from rock stars to geologists, sharing his stories and his philosophical views about life while drinking adult beverages or playing a round of golf. Zildjian has played a lot of golf in a lot of places.
After moving on from careers as a concert promoter, producer, artist manager, licensing representative for TV/film, marketing/branding consultant, bartender, rideshare driver and a disposable lighter repairman, Zildjian decided it was time to take his passion for philosophical conversations to the next level. And thus Zilosophy was born. It is where Zildjian could build a platform for public dialogue about the things he had always collaboratively pondered with friends, family and strangers. Zildjian is not a therapist, and he makes no professional therapeutic claims about his musings.
Over time, he began to realize that there are many correlations between golf and life. Deep philosophical conversations about both topics with friends and professional golfers formed the basis and the foundation for Zilosophy.
This St. James Men’s Club dinner meeting will begin with a social hour and mezza at 6:15 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Ladies are invited. Keljik Hall, at the Mosesian Cultural Center of the church, is located at 465 Mt. Auburn St.