I had the pleasure of participating in AGBU’s “Sports: Shaping a Nation” conference March 22 at Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif.
The conference kicked off with me discussing how sports helps create a national identity, the role of sports in global diplomacy, how gender and youth are manifested in athletics and the value of sports for the individual, community and nation.
Over the course of the forum, I also had a question and answer with Edmond Tarverdyan about his ascent through the ranks as a boxing and MMA trainer. Tarverdyan covered a variety of topics over a 20-minute interview, including working with his most notable fighter, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.
The afternoon culminated with me moderating the panel discussion featuring five professionals in their respective fields.
The Armenian General Benevolent Union, a non-profit organization that promotes identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, considered me an expert in the field because of the work I’d done as the managing editor of the international lifestyle publication Yerevan Magazine. During my time at the magazine, I interviewed and wrote feature profiles on Armenia’s most notable athletes.
Organizers indicated afterwards the conference was a success, and all in all, I couldn’t agree more.
On March 5, over 500 guests gathered at the Playhouse Nightclub in Hollywood for Yerevan Magazine’s private March/April “Nightlife” issue-release party.
This issue was extra special for me because I wrote the cover story on Mikayel Israyelyan, the CEO of Muse Lifestyle Group. Overall, it was my third cover story for Yerevan.
I enjoyed the night with friends, family and co-workers who double as friends. On a personal level, the evening had many highlights. One of them was being on the other end of the microphone as I was interviewed by several of the media outlets covering the event that night. Another was gracing the cover of the magazine I work for, with two of my lovely colleagues. I also spoke on stage. Let me tell you, it’s much easier knowing that millions of people read my name as the writer of any given story than addressing a jam-packed room. Though, I handled it very well. Or so I’m told by those I asked once I stepped off stage.
The best part of the entire night? That’s easy – it’s a two-part answer. It was the next morning when my grandmother excitedly called after she saw news clips of me being interviewed on television. The other was seeing my two-year old nephew’s face light up like I was Buzz Lightyear as soon as he saw the clip. I had a smile from ear to ear knowing that I put one on theirs.
The cover person - Mikayel Israyelyan - in person.