“My soul’s mission is to think clearly & enable myself to see all the dots connecting the universe!” – Golara
Golara Haghtalab is a self-starter, multi-disciplinary hybrid with an intense passion for science and art, she integrated both worlds into a creative career and founded Golara, LLC. A workshop oriented business that promotes values of He for She and She for He to achieve gender equality. Golara’s workshops use arts and creativity to re-discover STEM. Once STEAM is achieved, these workshops will help individuals to connect their own dots and build their own bridges to problem solve and transition between difficult states.
Golara and her family immigrated to the United States on 11.11.11.
“Back in Iran, we had to pick a major to specialize in during our sophomore year of high school. I always dreamt of becoming an engineer and pursued a degree in mathematics and physic sciences. I have studied Architectural engineering for four years. During my last year, instead of working on my thesis, I decided to drop out of school and follow my dream of coming to the United States after being selected for a diversity visa.
In States, I was given a second chance to chose my career path once again. Helping people always added more joy to my life and I decided to pursue that dream by getting involved in pre-health and medical environments. Towards the end of my chemistry major and my pre-medical requirements at UVa, I realized that there are many more ways to help people than becoming a doctor. Therefore, I added a second major in arts and have been involved with women empowerment projects by creating and selling art work.”
During this transition, Golara enjoyed the process of selling. She loved the hustle and the excitement that came with it. While learning about entrepreneurship, startups, sales, and enterprise, she became involved with local entrepreneurship hubs. After many failed startup attempts , never published articles, and her research and info interviews, she realized pursuing innovation and entrepreneurship is the path for her because she is ambitious, competitive, resilient, and BOLD.
Golara attended University of Virginia, where she received a dual major degree in chemistry and studio arts. Since graduating from college, she worked for an innovative chemical instrumentation company called BrightSpec, Inc. as a product designer, while creating and exhibiting her own art. Later she joined UVA’s Make to Learn Lab to assist on development of Invention Kits.
For art purposes, Golara, who is originally trained as a painter, is interested in creating miniature landscapes and poetic spaces designed by technology, science, and art.
“I want my work to have a colorful aesthetic and convey an experimental approach to shapes, colors, and their interactions with each other in space. In particular, I am interested in creating poetic spaces based on our very human emotions and behaviors. My mission is to brighten souls all over the world by engaging them with their beautiful yet durable basic feelings and emotions. I aspire to break down boundaries, layers and defenses to magnify our unity as human beings.
In sum, my projects take short tours into the realms within us, a journey from the inside out. The entrepreneur inside me, loves to plan backward while thinking forward to bring her audience’s attention to their core.”
Golara Haghtalab has an inquisitive mind. She is fascinated by spectroscopy, Lissajous figures, design thinking, human centered designs, geometric patterns, technology, and dance. Her artistic philosophy is influenced by Modernism, Postmodernism, Dada , Fluxus, The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard and UNDERSTANDING: ART AND SCIENCE .