Dr. Sophia Khousadian

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Dr. Sophia Khousadian
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Los Angeles, California
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
  • Dr. Sophia Khousadian
  • G.L.O.W. Conferences (Founder)
  • 2023 Global Recognition Award
  • NYC Journal – 50 under 50 (2023)
  • 2023 ACHI Nomination for Woman of Inspiration, Educator of the Year, Management & Consulting Award and Positive Social Influence.
  • 2023 NY Weekly Top Entrepreneurs Tony Robbins Edition
  • UK Talk Radio 2023 Top Authors
  • Best Selling Personal Growth Author in AU, USA, and UK
  • Best Selling Children’s Book Author in AU and UK

Dr. Sophia Khousadian is an American educator, entrepreneur, author, consultant, and keynote speaker best known for her advocacy of personal growth and individualized learning and as the author of several children’s books. She is the co-founder of the G.L.O.W. Conferences,[1] an annual leadership conference that helps worldwide executives and business leaders develop skills.[2]

Khousadian hosts the Empowered Living podcast, which she started in May 2023. As the host of Empowering Living, Khousadian is a leading figure in the internet-driven popularization of self-improvement, personal growth, interpersonal skills, and knowledge. She is a professor at Sierra States University, Ezra University, CALUM’s and California University of Management and Sciences for Undergraduate, Master, and Doctoral programs.[3][4]

In 2023, Khousadian was recognized with the Global Recognition Award, was named 50 Under 50 by the NYC Journal, Top Author 2023 by the US Talk Radio Show, and Top Entrepreneur 2023 by the NY Weekly Tony Robbins Edition.[5]

Early life and education

Khousadian was born and raised in an Armenian family in Los Angeles, California. Her upbringing was influenced by her mother, an educator who instilled in her the value of education.

In 2010, Khousadian obtained a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies and Sciences, majoring in Special Education, from California State University, Northridge. She holds a Master’s in Educational Psychology and a Doctorate in Education and Psychology in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, graduating in 2016.

Khousadian also holds various certifications in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Life Coaching, and Hypnosis.


Khousadian has been teaching and writing for over 17 years. During that time, she has taught every grade from elementary to graduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs.[6]

Her career as a teacher began in 2006 in Los Angeles, where she continues to provide private instruction. From 2006 to 2016, she held positions at elementary schools and universities. In 2014, Khousadian joined Pepperdine University. After initially working as an editor and a teacher’s assistant, she later became a research assistant at the university.[7]

Khousadian is a professor at Sierra States University, Ezra University and California University of Management and Sciences (CALUMS), where she teaches MBA, psychology, and doctoral students. Her other university affiliations are Caroline University and Bright Beginnings.[8]

In 2018, Khousadian, along with Dr. Stephen Adamu, co-founded G.L.O.W. Conferences, an annual leadership event. The acronym "G.L.O.W." represents "Global Leaders for Organizational Welfare."[9] The conference, held once a year, focuses on success strategies, teamwork, talent management, leadership skills, and the enhancement of community welfare.[10]

The organization also dedicates a percentage of its profits to the City of Hope Cancer Treatment Foundation. The annual conference serves as a platform for worldwide leaders to discuss current topics, fostering collaboration and the exchange of innovative ideas.[11]

As an educator, Khousadian has authored and developed courses focused on organizational change, leadership skills, communication, and interpersonal skills catering to personal development needs. She has also developed a children’s curriculum for elementary school children. The courses are available in digital lectures and PDFs on the website.[12]

Khousadian is a published children’s book author, having written two books, “To The Star” (2022) and “The Adventures of Chloe: Chloe Moves to Hollywood” (2023). Other print publications include a book on self-improvement and personal growth titled "100 Questions to Unleash Your Inner Potential" (2023).[13]

Khousadian also hosts a podcast, "Empowered Living," accessible on various platforms like Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, and Audible, that offers daily insights and inspiration to fuel positive change across over 25 episodes, the latest of which aired on November 13, 2023.[14]

Khousadian is also a keynote speaker, actively engaging in industry conferences and workshops where she shares her insights on leadership, business ethics, entrepreneurship, and related topics.

Over the years, she has established herself as an authority in education and has been featured in publications such as Forbes,[15] New York Weekly,[16] Digital Journal, Fox 40, LA Wire,[17] Yahoo, and several others.

Awards and recognitions

  • Dr. Khousadian has been honored with the 2023 Global Recognition Award.
  • She earned a place on the NYC Journal's "50 under 50" list for 2023.
  • At the 2023 ACHI Awards, Dr. Khousadian received multiple nominations, including recognition as Woman of Inspiration, Educator of the Year, Management & Consulting Award, and Positive Social Influence.
  • She was featured in the 2023 NY Weekly Top Entrepreneurs Tony Robbins Edition (Print Magazine).
  • Dr. Khousadian was acknowledged as one of the UK Talk Radio's Top Authors for the year 2023.
  • She was titled the Best Selling Personal Growth Author in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
  • Dr. Khousadian has been acknowledged as the Best Selling Children's Book Author in Australia and the United Kingdom.


  • To The Star (2022)
  • The Adventures of Chloe: Chloe Moves to Hollywood (2023)
  • 100 Questions to Unleash Your Inner Potential (2023)[18]

In the media



  1. "Meet Dr. Sophia Khousadian | Educator, Consultant, Co-Founder of G.L.O.W. Conferences". SHOUTOUT LA. 30 July 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  2. Insights, Stories & (18 September 2023). "Meet Dr. Sophia Khousadian". CanvasRebel Magazine. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  3. "Empowered Living Podcast : Dr. Sophia Khousadian: Amazon.in: Audible Books & Originals". www.amazon.in. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  4. "Dr.++Sophia+Khousadian Books". amazon.com. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  5. Times, The Industry (1 September 2023). "Dr. Sophia Khousadian | Embodiment of Empowerment and Altruism". The Industry Times. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  6. Hustle, Popular (4 September 2023). "Dr. Sophia Khousadian | A Beacon of Empowerment and Transformation". Popular Hustle. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  7. Aug 05, EIN Presswire (5 August 2023). "Dr. Sophia Khousadian: The Visionary Driving Innovation and Growth". WRIC ABC 8News. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  8. "Dr. Sophia Khousadian | Bark Profile". www.bark.com. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  9. Stories, Local (20 August 2020). "Meet Dr. Sophia Khousadian of Global Leaders for Organizational Welfare in Hollywood/West LA - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide". voyagela.com. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  10. Herry, Mr (21 September 2023). "Dr. Sophia Khousadian: From Medical Aspirations to Educational Innovation". Vents Magazine. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  11. Aug 21, EIN Presswire (21 August 2023). "Celebrating Dr. Sophia Khousadian: Pioneering Researcher, Inspirational Educator, and Advocate for Positive Change". WJTV. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  12. "Meet SOPHIA KHOUSADIAN". Bold Journey Magazine. 12 May 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  13. "Dr. Sophia Khousadian's Story - A Testament to Triumph and Resilience - CEO Weekly". ceoweekly.com. 31 July 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  14. Weekly, Disrupt (10 September 2023). "Unveiling the Renaissance Educator - Dr. Sophia Khousadian". Disrupt Weekly. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  15. "Empowering Lives Through Education And Personal Growth: The Inspirational Journey of Dr. Sophia Khousadian - Forbes New York". forbesnewyork.com. 28 July 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  16. "Unveiling the Extraordinary: Dr. Sophia Khousadian - New York Weekly". nyweekly.com. 15 June 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  17. "Dr. Sophia Khousadian: A Shining Light in Education, Psychology, and Global Humanity - LA Wire". lawire.com. 2 November 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  18. "Launch of Self-Paced Courses for Personal Growth and Soon-to-be-Released Book, 100 Questions to Unleash Your Inner Potential: A Guide to Personal Growth and Transformation". Yahoo Finance. 14 August 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2024.

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