Angella Nazarian wears many hats: mother, philanthropist, author and activist to name a few. A day in this busy woman-about-town’s life calls for frequent changes between those hats.
Whether she is prepar- ing to host a charity gala, gearing up for her gig as moderator at the Milken Institute Conference, pro- moting her most recent femme-power book “Pioneers of the Possible,” sharing Umami burgers with her husband and son, tending to her stunning Persian gardens or taking flamenco dance lessons—Nazarian oozes talent and passion into every hour of her jam-packed day.
5:30 AM: I wake up at 5:30 every morning and between 5:30 and 7:00 is when I actually do a lot of my reading and my writing and catching up with my work. It’s my alone time when everyone else is sleeping.
7 AM: Breakfast with the family. Then my son goes off to school- he’s a junior in high school. And I have another one who’s in college already.
8 AM: When my younger son goes off to school, I go back to my home office to continue my work for another hour.
9 AM: Part of my weekly exercise is actually taking fla- menco classes so that’s what I do three times a week.
10:30 AM: Once I’m back, a lot of my time is given to various organizations. I’m a trustee at Brentwood School, that’s my son’s school, and I’m on a number of committees. So I either have on-site visits and talks and meetings or preparation. Other organizations
I might be working for include Looking Beyond, a non-profit organization that I, along with six other women, founded thirteen years ago. So Looking Be- yond is a big part of my life in the sense that it was just a little seed of a dream that with the help of friends is donating $500,000 to Mattel Children’s Hospital this year. Reading grants and making sure things are done the way we want them done takes time, but we do it with great love. Of course, right now I’m at the peak of promoting my second book, “Pioneers of the Possi- ble,” so I can say that on a regular basis the rest of my time is really dedicated to going on speaking tours. I’m leading a panel at the Milken Global Conference next week and I’ll be interviewing top entrepreneurial women of the world and top social philanthropists. And so it’s a little bit of everything all put together.
4 PM-11PM: I always make sure that I’m back here when [my son] Eli does come back. We try to have our din- ners together. If we go out, right now I am really lov- ing Umami Burger! Usually every other evening there tends to be something that we are going to, whether it’s with friends or for the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation that my husband David and I also belong to. There’s a number of causes that we support, so we often have events to attend. It’s really nice to mix it up and it seems like whoever you work with ends up being a close friend. It’s really nice to have that in the evening, to do something fun.
photography ALEXANDRA NATAF