THRIVE is an AIWA-SF April project dedicated to highlighting Armenians who are doing amazing things in their personal and professional lives to better themselves and those around them. These individuals are inspiring, dynamic, innovative and interesting. Today, we feature Zela Astarjian.
Zela Astarjian Director Investor Relations at Catholic Investment Services and AIWA New England President.
Zela considers herself a citizen of the world, having grown up in the Middle East, studied in Paris, France, and finally settling in Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently Director of Investor Relations at Catholic Investment Services, an investment management firm in Boston.
Zela has been involved with several Boston area non-profits. She is a dedicated contributor to 100 Women in Finance, a non-profit organization focused on connecting and encouraging women in the finance professions to advance their careers. She currently serves as the Boston chairperson of their initiative, Getting Women on Non–Profit Boards. She is also the New England president of Armenian International Women’s Association, Inc. (AIWA). Zela’s goal has been to mentor young women as they work to achieve their career potential.
Question: What is your life philosophy?
Live life to the fullest, help women achieve their career goals and travel overseas to create memories.
Question: What is your hope for the future?
My hope is that women do not have to fight for equal pay. I hope that I see more women on boards and CEOs of fortune 500 companies.
Question: What is your favorite thing about being Armenian?
A sense of belonging, great music and the food.
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