December 25, 2019
On December 4, 2019 Senator Anthony Portantino hosted the Women in Business Legislative Update and Awards Luncheon. This event honors outstanding women for their contributions to economic growth, non-profit impact, and business development in our communities. Two of the 44 women and three organizations who were recognized, were AGBU Western District members Talin Yacoubian and Lucy Varpetian.
There were 14 categories for nominations: Young Entrepreneur, Trailblazer, Small Businesswoman, Corporate Woman, Non-Profit Executive Director, Non-Profit Employee, Outstanding Volunteer, Empowerment Award, Most Inspirational, Woman in Law, Environment & Sustainability, Woman in Medicine, Woman in Education, and Woman in the Arts.
Talin Yacoubian, who serves as the Chair of the AGBU Western District Committee was honored as an Outstanding Volunteer. Beyond her years of work with AGBU Hye Geen and the Western District, Yacoubian has volunteered with a number of organizations throughout the community. She is currently a board member of the Armenian Assembly of America and Armenia Fund; previously, she served on the board of Pacific Clinics. Moreover, Yacoubian is a museum trustee for the Armenian American Museum and has been an integral part of the planning process for this historic project.
Lucy Varpetian was recognized under the Woman in Law category. She works for the Glendale City Attorney’s Office as a Principal Assistant City Attorney. Outside of her work with AGBU as a Western District Committee member, she serves as a Co-Vice Chairperson of the Armenian Bar Association and is a board member for the Glendale YMCA. Furthermore, Varpetian serves on the LA County Bar Association’s Judicial Election Evaluation Committee. Among her numerous unique project and event idea contributions to the AGBU WD, Varpetian was instrumental in establishing the popular Mock Trial programs at both AGBU high schools.
AGBU Western District is proud to have both Talin Yacoubian and Lucy Varpetian as long-time members of our organization and we congratulate them on their wonderful accomplishments.