My name is Anastasia Victoria Safarian and I am your newly elected 2011-2014 Young BPW International Representative. I am 25 years old (almost 26, but who’s counting) and I was born in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. At the age of 16, I moved to New Jersey in the United States and at the age of 21 I decided to try my luck in Rome, Italy. Traveling around the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa allowed me to better understand myself and learn about the world around me. I have been to 29 countries and I presently speak fluent Russian, English and Italian. I intend to study and become proficient in a few more languages so that I may better pursue my goals to become an International Peace Liaison.
I joined BPW back in 2007 with encouragement of a close family friend, Barbara Howie, who currently serves as a President for Enterprising and Professional Women (EPW) – New York. Barbara helped me to see the networking opportunities this organization provides and helped me realize that BPW creates a bridge which connects a woman’s world with the business world. My learning and experiences in BPW have helped shape me into who I am today. I became more aware of the needs women around the world still have and the problems we still face today.
I would like to share my knowledge and experiences by being a mentor to other young women around the world. My aim is to inspire other young women to become leaders in their communities and in the business world by encouraging personal development and leadership skills through BPW membership opportunities. I will be the voice of Young BPW and encourage more international participation, allowing a fresh and innovative exchange of ideas, projects, and strategies as well as highlight professional and personal accomplishments of our members.
Young BPW International Representative (2011-2014)