Mariam Manoukian, in conversation with Lara Tcholakian, speaks about her family history and the adversities her ancestors faced during and after the Armenian Genocide. She reflects on the ways in which her inherited history may have impacted her sense of positivity, energy, drive and courage. She shares her thoughts on the need for collective healing to resolve the mental and physical health impacts that generational traumas have had, and continue to have, on Armenians today. Finally, Mariam discusses how her and her family’s focus on education has strengthened her commitment to develop educational programs for Armenian children through her own eActs foundation.
About Mariam Manoukian
Dr. Mariam Manoukian is board certified in Internal Medicine with a special interest in Endocrinology. She earned her medical degree from Yerevan State Medical Institute, and then completed a residency and fellowship in endocrinology at All Union Institute of Endocrinology in Moscow, Russia from 1983-1988. She defended her PhD thesis in 1988 in neuroendocrinology, and has authored several books including Alpha Plan: Healthy Eating in College and Beyond, Metabolic Syndrome Survival Guide, The Second Life, and On the Other Side of Mt Ararat. Dr. Manoukian currently serves as the Vice President of the Armenian Health Care Association of the Bay Area (AHABA), is a board member of the Armenian Medical International Committee (AMIC), and is the founder of eActs, through which she develops educational programs for Armenian children.
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.