“Understanding pain and trauma helps prevent reoccurance”, Alice Petrossian

Alice Petrossian, in conversation with Lara Tcholakian, reflects on the ways in which her inherited history and collective traumas have shaped her sense of resilience, survival, and perseverance as an Armenian woman and leader. She shares how her family impacted and enriched her leadership values and her drive towards Armenia’s development. Her Armenian history has strengthened her commitment to safeguard educational rights, women’s rights, minority rights, and inclusivity.

About Alice Petrossian

Alice Petrossian is a leader in the field of education, a teacher, and a consultant. She is a member and the immediate past president of the Los Angeles County Commission for Women, and a member of the LA County Women & Girls Initiative, a Full Board Member of the UWC Dilijan College in Armenia. Alice serves on the Board of Directors of Teach for Armenia, the Foundation Board for California State University Los Angeles, School of Education, and the Governing Board for the Armenian International Women’s Association. She was Chief Academic Officer-Deputy Superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District and had served in multiple administration positions in the Glendale Unified School District. She was appointed to several state boards and commissions by US Governors Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis. Alice served as Chair of the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing, was President of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, Trustee of the California State University System, and elected State President of the 18,000-member of the Association of California School Administrators.

Program overview

Armenian leaders share inherited cultural and historical narratives, memories, life learnings and experiences. Down-to-earth, authentic and mindful conversations preserve the stories and legacies of families, and reflect on the lessons learnt from inherited collective trauma and introspective leadership.



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