You Should Know Her: Angella Nazarian

Angella Nazarian is a noted speaker on women’s issues and best-selling author of three books: Life as a Visitor, Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World, and Visionary Women.

Angella is the co-founder of two non-profits: Looking Beyond, an organization that raises awareness and funds for special needs programs and hospitals in the Los Angeles area, and Visionary Women, a leadership organization that is dedicated to advancing the status of women and mentoring young women. Visionary Women’s funds are directed toward supporting women’s initiatives both nationally and internationally.

A former professor of psychology, she continues an active role in education, where she has served as a trustee at Brentwood School in Los Angeles and on the Parent Advisory Board at Stanford University.  Angella is involved in other charitable organization such as: The Hammer Museum, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

She has been featured in Manhattan Magazine’s “Power Women” series, and Angeleno Magazine’s list of Top 12 Philanthropists shaping Los Angeles.

Name: Angella M. Nazarian
Occupation: writer, speaker and change agent for women
Twitter Handle: @angellanazarian

1. What are three words that best describe you?

Curious, energetic, optimistic

2. Tell us why you’re awesome in two sentences or less.

I have a genuine love for people and feel that I can do more and learn more when I am surrounded by other awesome people.

3. What are your three biggest indulgences?

Travel is my biggest indulgence. I have been to over 70 countries and my identity and range of experiences have expanded because of it.

I grow weak at the knees for shoes—stilettos, flats, boots, sandals – you name it. And, I can’t seem to kick my chocolate habit.

4. What’s currently your favorite…

Restaurant: Capo
Food: sushi
Cocktail: skinny margaritas
Shopping destination/store: Just One Eye
Fashion item: cross body bag by Fendi—I love the ornamental strap and the small size
Place to hangout: Verve coffee shop—I do a lot of my writing and reading there
City: Havana (my inspiration for this month)
Travel item: a pashmina scarf
Beauty product: pur-lisse tinted sunblock
Skincare product: Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skincare Mask
Hostess gift: an Assouline coffee table book
Home décor item: fresh cut flowers
Book: The Captain’s Verses—the collection of love poetry by Pablo Neruda
Website: Moda Operandi
Magazine: Vanity Fair

Angella Nazarian quote5. What’s the ONE thing you absolutely can’t live without?


6. What is your biggest pet peeve?


7. If you could have dinner with anyone (living or not) who would it be, and WHY?

I am researching the life of Carl Jung—the brilliant psychoanalyst. Given that I used to be a psychology professor, I would love to ask questions and probe how his own experiences influenced his theories.

8. What does it mean to you to have a strong, engaging brand and how has having one helped you?

I think a strong brand is one in which people understand your basic values and mission. It can attract like-minded people who want to have conversations about those topics that you care most about. Many people came to my book launch parties, book tour and non-profit events because they felt they already knew me from social media.

9. What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

Remember that everything is a process

10. What is one piece of advice you would give to women today about staying true to themselves and succeeding on their own terms?

I think the most attractive quality is authenticity. It means that you have enough confidence and pride in yourself that you allow people to see you as you are.

I have spent over a decade researching leadership in women, and the one consistent pattern I see in effective women leaders is their ability to know who they are and create a life around their strengths.


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2. Empty Vase
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3. The Captain’s Verses: Love Poems
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5. Assouline
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6. Gucci Studded Leather Mid-Heel Pump
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7. Clinique Lash Power Flutter-to-Full Mascara
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8. Fendi Mini Studded Crossbody Pouch
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