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Educator Ani Shabazian is a Doer of Good and Gratefulness

Much time has passed since my last Doers Series post.  I can explain.  There are these assignments in a doctoral program called course projects and they consumed me.  Fifty pages and 100 sources later I emerge ready to jump back in to showcase some more amazing ‘doer’ women.  In a nutshell, this series showcases women that I have observed being strong authentic leaders, while boldly pursuing their purpose in life.
SamburuThe next incredible doer I feature not only emulates the elements of this series, but takes it to the next level as a do-good-er.  I’ll save the build-up and tell you that she helps international orphanages, in addition to holding a dual appointment at a university as an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Loyola Marymount University Children’s Center.
I met Ani Nikogossian Shabazian on a university committee during my time at LMU.  She came to meetings with a purpose, contributing energy and enthusiasm, as well as a willingness to participate.  I found myself seeking her out for coffee to chat.  After my first conversation with her, I realized she would be a critical resource for me as I entered my doctoral program and began to explore faculty positions.
She gave me sage advice and a supportive ear.  But, what was (and is) so unique about Ani is her open heart, forceful support and encouragement, as well as keen intelligence.  I left my first one on one coffee chat with her wiped clean of most self-doubt on an issue I was struggling with at the time.  Almost like a really good deep tissue massage therapist, she kneaded it out of me.
Looking through my list of doers that I wanted to interview, Ani was a must have.  But because she holds both an administrative leadership position and a tenure track faculty role, she is very busy.  Many emails and days later, our interview was inspiring and, like every time before with her, I left with more energy and encouragement than I came. .  At every turn, Ani gave generously with compliments, recognition of my past work and support for my ideas for the future.  She is a cheer captain, but delivers her message like a life/business coach.
My conversations with Ani taught me a lot, many of which we can all apply and consider in our own lives:

    • Friendships will keep you healthy
    • Educators need both theory and practice
    • It is OK to spend time with just yourself
    • Practice gratitude
    • Be open and opportunities will come

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About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

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