How long have you lived in Cleveland? 

I was born in Russia, have lived in the USA for 18 years, 17 of them in Cleveland. 

What has been the largest challenge in your journey toward personal success? 

Low self-esteem, doubts will I be able to adapt and advance as a person and professional in a different country, lifestyle, job… It has also been challenging to maintain a work-family balance.  

What is one piece of advice you have for women in your community and all over the world?  

Continuously learn (new languages, cultures, areas of expertise,…), connect and communicate with others, be physically active, travel as much and as far as possible, and most importantly – believe in yourself! All of this will make you stronger, healthier, wiser, and more successful.

How can the greater Cleveland community encourage, support, and amplify the success of international women? 

Do what Global Cleveland does: keep everyone informed about economic, political, social news and events, organize international meetings/classes/sports events/celebrations/network groups – so everyone can learn from each other and not be afraid of our differences.