Aiwa Thrive

Emma Ohanian

Emma Ohanian is a Media and Technology Consultant at FTI Consulting, based in Los Angeles. She supports the end-to-end mergers and acquisitions deal life cycle, including business plan development, commercial due diligence, and operational integration.  She is particularly interested in supporting the fundraise and exit identification process for growing start-ups within the quickly evolving media and technology landscape. She also makes time to volunteer at several community-centric organizations, such as Kooyrigs, MIASEEN Inc., and Generation She (more detail below).

Location: Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

Occupation: Media and Technology Consultant at FTI Consulting, Operations at Kooyrigs, Advisor at MIASEEN Inc., Founding Team at Generation She.


Emma serves as the Operations and Business Advisor to Kooyrigs (@Kooyrigs), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources to the global Armenian network by launching community projects and educational initiatives. She works closely with Karine Eurdekian, founder and Executive Director, and the global Kooyrigs team to implementorganizational systems to ensure global alignment on partnerships, projects, and fundraising initiatives.

She is also a Business Advisor for MIASEEN Inc. (@MIASEEN_Inc), which aims to cultivate a unified Armenian community through digital, short-form content, and amplify Armenian culture and representation in media. Given the lack of adequate media coverage related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, it has become a recent focus to identify opportunities to increase Armenian representation in media.

Lastly, she is a Founding Team member and Fundraising Advisor for Generation She (@Gen.She), a non-profit organization which aims to close the gender gap in the leadership landscape by instilling young women with a sense of ownership and entrepreneurial spirit through educational initiatives and community events.

Q: What is your life philosophy?

Although my life philosophy is commonly evolving, currently I’ve been focused on this quote shared with me by my mentor: “The gap between the life you could live and the life you are living is called focus.” Although admittedly cheesy, this reminder has been helpful in the times that I feel I am not quite doing enough for our small community. Although Millennial and Gen Z generations are not the first to continuously compare to others, we are the first to be constantly surrounded by the success and growth of others via the media. I aim to be focused every day on my own growth, because I believe success is measured by progress, not by the ideal.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being Armenian?

That we are a community-centric culture, focused on the growth and development of our diaspora and our nation. I believe that being Armenian is who you are, not what you are. It’s not about blood, it’s about perspective, culture, and community. I really could not know less about poetry but this is a quote from one I thought was very representative of what I love about our culture: “…and those lucky travelers / Who asked what a թոնիր was and got / A mouthful of bread in its place” (lines 21-23 of the poem attached).

Q: How has the Armenian culture shaped you?

Can I call being Armenian a character trait? I strongly associate my personality with my culture. It has defined my personal values and my professional priorities. While I work closely with several Armenian centric organizations because I align with their values, I also am professionally passionate about enabling long-term wealth establishment for our community through representation and access.

The Diminishing Garden / A Cathedral Near

On a road stretching
Across Շուշի, a garden emits
Short breaths under a hot, red cloud.

For this plot of soil has been afflicted
By a plague that does not
Discriminate against any sensor,

One that invades young ears
With sirens of cold nights
And tight skin with bullets of skirmish,

Penetrates the vessels of beating
Hearts with black smoke and eye
Sockets with debris called “home”.

It is now easier than ever to recall the past:

Of a garden filled with մայր-s ու հայր-s,
Քոյր-s եւ եղբայր-s, standing
Hand-in-hand with tanned skin
And toasted smiles,

On a land that upheld pomegranate
Hearts of fertility, faith, and good fortune
Upon them and those lucky travelers
Who asked what a թոնիր was and got
A mouthful of bread in its place.

Generations skipped along the tract,
Reciting the words of Tumanyan
And the lyrics of Nova, with the strength
That erected the cross-stone pillars of story.

The tract is now desolate.

The soil is lined with armies of
Pomegranate seeds dispersed from
Motherly membranes, resting near
Copper shells and cool shrapnel.

They shrivel
Under the heat,
Painting the soil a nectar red,

The same red that nearly
Painted ancestral garments
And violated fresh tendons
In the basement of the cathedral near.

Hours after the explosions
Paused and tears from
Words of hourly news dried,
A melody emerged from the structure.

Beneath the apse,
Chords with dotted vibrato travelled
Through cracked limestone and
Out a pocket above,

From a heavy-set man with
A wet beard, and fingers that
Travel catgut roads of the թաւջութակ,
Occasionally meeting the bump
Of nearby eruptions.

“կռունկ” …
Radiated by the man who witnessed
This horror over a century ago,

The same man who shed
Mental tears on Parisian walls,
Hallucinating a land called “home.”


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