Where are you from originally? Do you enjoy living in Denver?
Originally born in Moscow, Russia, I moved to Denver at 10 years old. I am the biggest Denver fan girl you will ever meet…I love it here. It’s a fresh city that has a lot of growing to do and I’m excited to be apart of its evolution.
Who are a few of your women role models and why?
All of the women in my life are spectacularly balanced. My mom, a top executive at EY, has never made work an excuse for not taking care of herself. She’s always well rested, beautifully dressed and on her game – that’s my ultimate aspiration.
What drew you to Shift and how has being here helped reach your career goals?
My company was just under a year old when I splurged for an office at Shift. It was easily the best thing for my career because at that point, I was “all in”. In the 6 months I’ve worked at Shift, my productivity has massively increased. Coming to an office base is one thing, but the Shift community really makes you want to stay. Simply being surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurs makes you realize that you’re not alone in the struggle and that it doesn’t have to be a struggle at all.
As women in the work force, what are some challenges and obstacles that you have faced and over come?
Out of college I felt the obstacle of being young and inexperienced as grounds for not being taken seriously. Once I got some experience and found my niche, being a young woman no longer felt like an obstacle. It’s all about what comes out of your mouth and what you can show for. There’s nothing more powerful than a well-dressed woman with a sharp tongue – at least that’s what I’ve been told.
What advice would you give to women entering the work force?
Keep your head down, do amazing work, and the rest will take care of itself.
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