AIWA-SF Thrive: Emma Arakelyan

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 Emma Arakelyan.

Emma is a management consulting executive, author, speaker, entrepreneur, Brochure photo (1)philanthropist, coach and professor. Emma brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership across business strategy, IT Architecture & Transformation, M&A, governance and compliance credentialed by global professional services and technology companies as a Partner at EY (Ernst & Young) and Managing Director at Accenture. Emma has first-hand experience in business transformation and technology solutions implementation for Fortune 500 companies. She is currently driving emerging technologies and innovation by accelerating startups and entrepreneurs go to market strategies and execution. 

Emma is the CEO and Co-Founder for Orion Worldwide Innovations, LLC offering IP Management & Acquisition solutions to the innovators and investors market globally. Emma operates her multimedia company Open Mind Productions, LLC. She is an adjunct professor at New York University, Featured Speaker at Columbia Business School and is also a mentor at the Singularity University

She published her book on leadership and how to navigate, succeed and make an impact in the world of international business: “The Business Caring Formula. Building Your New Leadership Lifestyle.” 

Emma was key philanthropic advisor and sponsor to The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity global initiative, she is also strategic advisor to multiple cultural organizations and educational programs. As an ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter member and former Director of the board, Emma has delivered speeches and training sessions since 2008. 

Emma earned a Master’s Degree in Political Economy from the University of Economics, Armenia and a Bachelor of Sciences in Economics from the Armenian State University of Economics. Emma lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Question: What is your life philosophy?

Dream big and make it happen. Success and happiness can be yours as you take others with you on your journey as a responsible, loving and positive individual. Build your lifestyle as a caring leader at home, at work, in the community and in the world. Earn and maintain respect.

Question: What is your hope for the future? 

Inspiration, innovation and positivity are the building blocks of the future. With our well informed, aware and savvy young generation, we look at a promising future. We need to give the younger generation all our learned wisdom about having life values, respecting ourselves and others, building on strengths, sharing successful experiences and lessons learnt (honest recognition of where we did not do well for ourselves, humanity and the planet).  

Question: What is your favorite thing about being Armenian? 

Being Armenian brings an endless power and energy in me from our history, innovation, culture, art, science, technology, multi-talented nation and survivor-spirit. My most favorite and valuable thing is sustaining strong family values. It has helped me to build my life philosophy: The Business Caring Formula, where the key ingredient is the family business leader: “Think of your work and social relationships as an extension of the ideal family you would build; that includes incorporating tough love into your approach.”

Question: How has the Armenian culture shaped / influenced you?

Armenians are known as the Creator and Builder Nation everywhere. We built that reputation by contributing to humanity, progress and growth for centuries. It inspired and shaped my character and my life’s mission: creating positive and results-driven teams, environments and countries (I was fortunate enough to work in 40+ countries) everywhere I go. Our ancient traditions of excellence, literature, music, art and science has influenced deeply my perspective about innovation and its benefits and promises to humanity. It was one of the reasons I dedicated my studies and my career to technology and innovation.

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