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 Ovsanna Takvoryan.
Ovsanna Takvoryan is a business and restructuring attorney based out of Los Angeles with over nineteen years of experience serving as counsel to various corporate entities and high net worth individuals locally, nationally and globally, in various industries including, but not limited to entertainment, retail, real estate, finance, technology and manufacturing. In addition to practicing law, Ovsanna recently joined NMS Consulting, Inc. as Managing Director and Partner working in the firm’s management consulting and corporate advisory business units.
Ovsanna received her Bachelor’s Degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and her Juris Doctorate from UCLA, School of Law.
Prior to practicing law, Ovsanna worked briefly at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, as an analyst in the Eastern European Group. The Eastern European Group is one of the five United Nations regional groups and is composed of 23 Member States from Eastern, Central and Southern Europe, including Armenia.
Ovsanna is a member of the Board of Directors of The Charlotte and Elise Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School and was recently nominated to become a member of the Board of Governors of the Armenian Bar Association.
Ovsanna was born in Yerevan, Armenia. Her family moved to the United States in 1986. Ovsanna is happily married to Tigran Tony Gevorkyan and is a mother of two boys, Michael and David, who are 12 and 10 years old.
Question: What is your life philosophy?
Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
Question: What is your hope for the future?
Despite the dire state of the world today — and the stereotype that millennials’ are selfish and apathetic — according to The Global Shapers Survey conducted by the World Economic Forum (the five key themes explored in the survey were: economy and global outlook, governance and civic engagement, technology and innovation, values and society, and business and the workplace), the generation aged 18 to 35 (according to UNESCO 50% of the world’s population is under the age of 30) cares deeply about global issues, and they’re determined to tackle them.
My hope for the future is that young people are able to overcome the trend of isolation and the pull toward electronic devices and actually come together and make a positive change in the world.
Question: What is your favorite thing about being Armenian?
The ability to adapt and blend into any environment while maintaining a strong cultural identity.
My boys overheard me speaking with my husband about this and they both insisted that I say Armenian food.
Question: How has the Armenian culture shaped / influenced you?
I do believe that I have been shaped by the enduring influence of my Armenian cultural values. For one thing, I tend to be more outgoing and open to new experiences and adventures because of the strength, confidence, and endurance my Armenian culture has gifted me with. Yet I also believe that I am a product of the world I inhabit which wasn’t limited to my Armenian culture. From an early age I have been exposed to different cultural influences including Russian, Greek, and of course American. As a result I think that, like many Armenians around the world, I am a unique combination of the values, beliefs, and practices of each of these cultures that I have grown up with. I think my tenacity and perseverance can be attributed to my Armenian culture, my drive to succeed and push the limits can be attributed to the influences of the American culture, my drive for precision can be attributed to the influences of the Russian culture, and finally my love of life can be attributed to the influences of the Greek culture.