I grew up and lived most of my life in Russia. I came to the US at the age of 16 to study Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and graduated at the age of 22 with a Master of Arts degree focusing on international development. I have worked, studied, and traveled all over the world, and along the way learned to appreciate different cultures and traditions. I now speak 6 languages: Russian, English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Turkish, and Bulgarian and look forward to learning more. Throughout my professional experiences I developed extensive project management, communications, and facilitation skills. I am crazy about digital marketing and possess a genuine passion for assisting organizations in solving complex problems through analytical frameworks. As a Media Coordinator in Ecuador, I developed and executed successful advertising campaign to support the abolishment of child labor practices. As a consultant in Guatemala, I developed and applied educational research solutions, including new curriculum methodologies, to improve literacy rates in 3 indigenous communities. Currently, I am a Marketing Strategist and a Global Events Manager at EFactor. Our team organizes global networking/educational events for entrepreneurs across more than 6 countries and 15 cities. We are crossing borders and cultures to unite and educate entrepreneurs all around the world.
|Title Add||Company||Responsibilities||Date Start||Date Depart|
|Graduate Assistant||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Catalogued and documented foreign resources utilizing language skills and highly specialized software||08/01/10||05/01/11|
|International Engagement Graduate Intern||University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign||X Directed logistical planning and organizational efforts for the International Awards Banquet by collaborating with the associate director X Organized program materials creation, attendee database maintenance, and seating arrangements for the International Awards Banquet X Led communications with foreign consulates and embassies, and coordinated the guest of honor¡¦s (President of Ecuador) itinerary X Researched and advised student organizations on the principles of international protocol to be utilized during international campus events||01/01/10||05/01/10|
|Project coordinator: Child Development Program||Corporation Camara de Turismo de Manta||X Created, instituted, and directed program to finance scholarships for impoverished children, including grant writing and program budgeting X Organized PR, social media, and advertising campaign, including press conferences, live radio and television interviews X Planned, coordinated and directed negotiations efforts with local NGOs and governmental ministries to increase awareness of child labor practices in Ecuador||06/01/09||08/01/09|
|Teacher/Consultant||Oxford Language School||X Developed instruction strategies for resource constrained English teachers in 3 rural communities in order to optimize student performance X Conducted research to identify microfinance investors for coffee farmers in rural communities and created reports outlining action strategies to be utilized by peace corps volunteers X Taught 7 ESL classes consisting of adults and children based on independently researched and developed teaching methodology||06/01/08||08/01/09|