WLC Spotlight | Joy Avedesian

Joy-ARaised in Los Angeles, Calif., Joy is passionate about spending time with her family and finding new and resourceful ways to create change in Las Vegas. Joy’s father served in Vietnam and developed several successful restaurants after his deployment, while her mother was an executive with a major financial institution.

“We have a large extended family, and we live all over the country and have fun traveling to see each other!” said Joy.

Joy graduated from University of California, Irvine where she played National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) soccer and participated in several activities from student government to sorority life to cultural events. She spent part of her senior year in Washington D.C. serving in the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the Clinton administration. In addition to being active in college life, Joy juggled a few different jobs, from food serving to coaching high school to tutoring kids.

“I have worked since the age of 13, and I am grateful every day for that expectation,” said Joy.

Describing herself as a work in progress, Joy’s passions are driven by her desire to help others and continuous self-discovery centered around learning how she can serve and be involved in the community.

With a career in investments and insurance, Joy is a member of Northwestern Mutual, and a qualified member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Joy’s focus is on the personal, professional and financial goals of her clients.

“Most of my day is spent listening to people,” said Joy. “The implementation is the easy part – but capturing what needs to be done, and why, can be the challenge.”

Joy has traveled across the world but has never visited Paris, which is on the top of her bucket list. Her other large personal goals include developing a life skills camp for young people and building a soccer stadium.

“There is so much work that needs to be done by those of us fortunate enough to give our time and resources,” said Joy. 

Joy envisions a day when Las Vegans surprise the country with an effort to come together and unite for the common good of the community.

“I have a vision of Las Vegas being the standard for what a community can do if they pull together,” said Joy. “We really have an opportunity to grow by leaps and bounds if we can rally around being our best. With this mantra, we can make positive changes in the key areas of health, education and financial stability.”

She is inspired by United Way’s committed team members who are generous with their energy and time.

“United Way has a presence that is hard to match individually or with a small group,” said Joy. “It’s nice to have the strength and momentum of United Way behind the Women’s Leadership Council’s efforts.”

She joined United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) because she believes in the power of women working together to help the community through projects like the upcoming WLC Emerging Leadership Award for women, a 4-year scholarship for a Clark County resident attending post-secondary education in southern Nevada. 

Serving on the WLC Project Funding and Executive Committees, through her two years of membership Joy has learned about the process of launching a successful project and values the relationships which have emerged through working together for a good cause.

“Join us as we make a difference!” said Joy.

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2 Responses to WLC Spotlight | Joy Avedesian

  1. We are so blessed to have you as part of WLC! Love this spotlight on you and thank you for your commitment to our group and making a difference to our community!

    • I second Deb’s comments, and am inspired all over again by your energy, passion and commitment to positively impacting lives in our community. Thank you for all you do!

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