CivilNet: “We have to do everything to ensure that the new generation succeeds”, Marie Lou Papazian


25 Sep, 2021 07:09

Marie Lou Papazian, in conversation with Lara Tcholakian, speaks about her source of energy and optimism, as well as her sense of perseverance and grit. She touches upon the memories of her family history and family narratives, and how her grandparents helped shape her successful journey. She reflects on the perspectives required for a viable Armenia and Artsakh, and shares her vision for a hopeful future for Armenia’s children.

About Marie Lou Papazian

Marie Lou Papazian is TUMO’s founding CEO. As an engineer and education specialist, she has led the Education for Development Foundation linking Armenian students to their global peers through online educational activities. Previously, she was lead construction manager on prominent high-rise buildings in New York City. Marie Lou holds a Master’s Degree in Computing in Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s General Management Program. In 2019, she received the Ordre des Palmes académiques — a national order bestowed by the French Republic on distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education.

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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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS