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Angella Nazarian is a bestselling author and a noted speaker. Angella was a professor of Psychology and faculty member at Mount Saint Mary’s College, California State University Long Beach, and Los Angeles Valley College for eleven years. She has been conducting workshops and seminars on topics related to women’s personal growth and innovation and leadership, and has been a keynote speaker at various national events and conferences including the YPO-WPO Global Leadership Conference in Los Angeles and the YPO Women’s LEAN IN Conference in Miami. Angella has also presented the Commencement addresses for Brentwood School and Archer School for Girls.

Angella has lead panels at the Milken Global Conference on Visionary Women Entrepreneurs and Visionary Women in Social Enterprise. She served as a delegate at Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Women in the World conference and was a speaker for the World Leadership Forum Mexico City.

Angella is the co-founder and President of VISIONARY WOMEN, a non-profit women’s leadership organization in Los Angeles that brings together some of the most dynamic thought leaders in the country together for in depth conversations. She is also an advisory board member of the Iranian American Women’s Leadership Conference.

Angella has a well-rounded background in the field of education. She served on the Board of Directors for Les Enfants Preschool in Santa Monica, and University Laboratory School – Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. She was the chairperson of the education committee of the Board of Trustees at Brentwood School and was a trustee at the school. She also serves on the Parent Advisory Board at Stanford University. Angella serves on the board of Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, and is the co-founder of Looking Beyond, a charitable organization that promotes awareness and creates advancement and enrichment for children with disabilities. She is also a member of WOMEN MOVING MILLIONS, a community of individuals promoting the advancement and empowerment of women and girls.

Both of her books “Life as a Visitor” and the newly released “Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World” have become bestsellers for the publisher, and have garnered glowing reviews from: Arianna Huffington, Tina Brown, Martha Stewart, Diane von Furstenberg.

In 2014 Manhattan Magazine featured Angella in their “Power Women” series, and Angeleno Magazine has listed her as one of their Top 12 Philanthropists shaping Los Angeles. In 2015, the Los Angeles Lakers and Comerica Bank presented Ms. Nazarian with the Women’s Leadership Award in the category of Women of Diversity.

Angella is also the creator My Personal Coach, a fun coaching app, which is focused on developing a customized growth plan around personal priorities, strengths, thoughts, relationships and environment.

Angella Nazarian graduated (Summa Cum Laude) with a BS in Psychology from UCLA and earned her graduate degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.

Angella Nazarian lives in Los Angeles with her husband and sons.
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Visionary Women: Lessons Learned From 20 Female Luminaries

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 2:30 PM

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To Be in Therapy, or Not to Be? That is the Question

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 5:30 PM

For seven years, 17 women claimed space in my family room to spend three hours in discussion. No, this was not a book group, nor a social group. These women came to have frank discussions about themselves, their relationships and their inevitable life transitions. This was a completely different mode...

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The Technology Revolution and Its Role in Our Lives

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:40 PM

Personal growth takes on a whole new meaning in light of massive global changes never before seen in human history. The answer to "what do you want to be when you grow up?" may not exist for many of our young children today, as they will be working in jobs...

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Mindy Grossman's Non-Linear Path to Success

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 11:06 AM


"Did you hear the latest? Mindy Grossman -- ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the most Powerful Women in the World -- is leaving Nike to go to the Home Shopping Network." For some of her fans, like me, who have been tracking...

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The Secret to Happiness

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 1:59 PM

Dozens of books and hundreds of blogs are written expounding the secrets of happiness. Well, who wouldn't like to learn some "secrets" to unlocking their inner happiness?

At a recent Looking Beyond charity luncheon, I got the opportunity to ask two very special people what their secret...

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An Intimate Conversation with CNN Hero Somaly Mam

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 12:00 PM

I first heard about Somaly Mam and her work of rescuing young women and girls from the horrors of the sex traffic industry when I was doing research on visionary women for my last book Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World (2012). I was...

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Chantal Sutherland: Jockeying for Success

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2012 | 1:37 PM


It is said that pound for pound, jockeys are the strongest athletes in the world and women are thought to be physically weaker than their male counterparts. Now just imagine that a woman decided stereotypes and odds were not going to get in the...

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Capturing the Visionary Spirit: Milken Institutes's Global Conference Brings Together Brightest Visionary Women Entrepreneurs to Share Keys to Success

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 12:59 PM

Today Milken Institute's Global Conference was launched in Los Angeles bringing together over 3,000 of the world's brightest minds in business, finance, policy, education, health, energy and philanthropy for prestigious two day event off educational lectures, panels and interviews on various topics affecting our world today.

I had the privilege...

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Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 9:30 AM

My second book, "Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World," is due to launch in conjunction with the celebration of International Women's Day.

My hope is that the stories of these visionary women present to us the flame of the passionate life, the knife of insight,...

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Filling Your Empty Nest: Four Tips to Regaining Your Sanity

(8) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 12:20 PM

I was a tearful mess the entire summer before my son, Phillip, went off to college. I couldn't help it. I would come down to the kitchen in the morning and see Phillip sitting in the family room watching ESPN, and I would sigh to myself, "Oh, he won't be...

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Becoming an Ageless Joy-hunter

(141) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 1:33 PM

I will never forget that Wednesday afternoon in my writing class where a group of us writers were editing each other's work. Samantha, a gorgeous woman with an effervescent personality, was sharing a chapter in her memoir. Heads turned when we stumbled upon a paragraph describing her family life and...

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Transitions: Why is it So Tough to Get Through Them?

(7) Comments | Posted October 2, 2011 | 7:39 PM


It is early October and hundreds of wide-eyed freshman girls are criss-crossing UCLA's grounds on their way to classes or meetings of the student groups they've just joined or gatherings of new friends. I take this road often, and each fall I am reminded...

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The Art of Seduction: Through the Eyes of an Artist -- Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 4:46 PM

The first time I saw him on stage three years ago, I was mesmerized. His long jet-black hair lashed to and fro with each spin. At this particular performance some dance pieces seemed to magically suspend and stretch in time, while other pieces seemed to zap me and vanish in...

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Are We There Yet? Debunking the Myths that Hold Us Hostage on the Road to Fulfillment

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 3:20 PM

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Five Questions Every Woman Should Ask Herself

(6) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 9:00 AM

We all have heard it when we talk to our girlfriends, somehow in mid-conversation the cursed word slips out -- "I feel like I am not good enough". While in the gym, we are fretting about work, while working we are thinking about how we missed the last bake sale...

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Grosz: Expressionist Art Is in Full Bloom

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 6:30 PM

I only had 48 hours to spend in one of my favorites cities, and I already knew how those two days would play out. Imagine, The Great Race, only with no other contestants but me, and the great wilderness -- the bustling streets of New York with its legions of...

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Before Mother's Day, a Car Accident Brought My Mom and Me Closer

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 2:28 AM

You never expect to run into your mother in certain places: a nightclub, a concert, or at one of those juice-detox bars that are springing up everywhere in Los Angeles. But how about in the middle of an intersection on Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills? I mean, I really ran...

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Dang Show Nods at Rumi's Message: Lose Yourself in Sweet Madness

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 3:15 PM


While the Middle-East is rocked with unprecedented unrest, Los Angeles seems to have welcomed goodwill ambassadors from Iran -- well, that is, in the form of an alternative-classical Persian-jazz band by the name of Dang Show.

"The peace and liberty that we all...

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The Fabled Prince of Iran, Ali-Reza Pahlavi

(29) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 11:00 AM

Last week I was having lunch with a longtime friend, who happens to be a professor of Political Science. We chuckled over how differently we register the world around us. "I look at things more from a broad, economic or political angle, you know," she said, tapping me on the...

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Hello My Long Lost Friend

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 11:22 AM

When she wasn't giggling, she talked in a rapid-fire, sing-song register. And her voice -- her voice carried a slight raspy edge. We constantly whispered in each other's ears and wrote notes to each other in the middle of class.

Although the courtyard in front of the strict and...

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