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AIWA-SF Announcement: Leadership Advancement

In November of 2020, Christine Soussa, the 2nd President of the Armenian International Women’s Association – San Francisco (AIWA-SF) affiliate, was nominated and appointed to the AIWA Global Board of Directors.  As such, Laura Dirtadian has been elected President and Lilit Yenokyan as Vice President of the dynamic affiliate.  

Laura, along with Gaiane Khachatrian, who served as the affiliate’s first President, and Lusine Yeghiazaryan re-established the SF affiliate in 2012 after AIWA’s Global 20th anniversary celebration.  Laura was inspired by the multiple Armenian women who spoke on a variety of issues impacting Armenian women globally.  She has been on the Executive Committee since its inception and has served as Vice President and Treasurer alongside Christine Soussa.  

Lilit Yenokyan first met the AIWA-SF team at the Armenian Women in Leadership and Technology event in 2015, where she got motivated to take a more active role in the community. Lilit has since been involved with AIWA-SF affiliate, has spoken at multiple events, and has served on the SF Executive Committee since 2018. 

Ms. Dirtadian and Yenokyan, alongside the rest of the SF Executive Committee, will continue to work with AIWA Global to support the overall mission of the organization, focus on recovery efforts of women and children displaced and impacted as a result of the Artsakh war, and will work to bring a focus to STEAM for women in Armenia. 

Laura Dirtadian – Laura has been a top performing Risk, Security, and Compliance professional with experience in financial services and technology organizations, providing risk management, audit, business operations, communications, and change management, and business resiliency strategic program development and implementation. Demonstrated and trusted advisor to leaders on navigating through national and international regulatory matters, including regulatory relationships (such as the OCC and FDIC). Experienced in building strong partnerships across organizations and leading, developing, and retaining talent.  
 
She holds degrees in Political Science, International Studies and Spanish Literature from the University of CA Irvine. She is a mother of two young children, a daughter, sister and wife and is passionate about empowering women and Armenian causes.  
Lilit Yenokyan – Senior engineering leader with proven success in defining global development strategy, providing key architectural/design input to the product roadmap, and leading high-performance, high-impact engineering teams whose results directly influence the trajectory of the organization. Intellectually curious, outcome-oriented leader who hires, develops, and retains top talent with the courage to innovate and solve complex challenges. Identifies risk and develops mitigation strategies, best practices, and alternative solutions to resolving issues.

Champions engineering and operational excellence with a mindset for continuously raising the bar. Manages complex technical projects and drives them to highly successful outcomes. Fosters a team-based culture grounded in collaboration, empowerment, accountability, and the development of great products. Visionary leadership who challenges the status-quo and conventional norms. Establishes beneficial connections and builds relationships that lead to robust strategic partnerships. Adheres to highly aggressive deadlines while never sacrificing quality.
Christine SoussaA seasoned, top-performing Sales and Strategy Professional with over 25 years of experience. Currently, she is a Global Client Director at Equinix, where she focuses on helping F-500 and G-100 enterprises define and execute their global digital infrastructure and cloud strategies for business transformation in our dynamic world. She has held Senior Sales Strategy and GTM positions at Symantec, VeriSign, and The Walt Disney Company. Her creative and curious nature paired with her mindset is part of what makes her a magnet. As a speaker and visionary leader, she serves an advisor and mentor to many Executives and Entrepreneurs.  
 
She holds degrees in Political Science and English with emphasis in International Relations and Writing and Rhetoric, all from Pepperdine University. Christine is an avid community leader who is passionate about helping individuals and organizations reach their potential, overcome barriers, and exceed expectations through a “limitless growth mindset.”


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