Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Principles and values are more important than the money.
Hometown: Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan
Fun Fact About Yourself: My favorite sport is soccer. And while I enjoy playing the game, running tirelessly for one and a half hours, I find it impossible to run a straight sprint for longer than five minutes.
Undergraduate School and Major: Westminster University, Economics
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Korea Development Bank – Senior Credit Officer
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: After I was transferred to a credit team, our department was given the task of enlarging investment volume. I decided to analyze the problem not only from internal factors, but also external factors. Counseling with my manager, I sent a survey directly to hundreds of companies to better understand their expectations of our financial products. After reviewing the solid research generated from the surveys, I proposed a report to management explaining the bank’s potential to increase investments by focusing on diversity in the portfolio’s market segmentation, as well as lowering minimum investment amounts. Based on my proposal, senior management ordered our team to establish relationships with businesses located in far regions, including small and medium enterprises. We started serving clients from a new perspective, which was different than how we had opened doors to large companies. Yearly results proved the effectiveness of our new approach.
Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? The first important factor is the best fit for you. Evaluate opportunities at schools that will assist you in making yourself a leader. While visiting the school’s campuses, really listen to your intuitions. The second factor is writing your admissions essays from your heart.
What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? I am eager to demonstrate my passion for Owen by engaging and contributing in many ways, from joining Owen Partners, to contributing to Net Impact, and supporting LGBT rights with Owen Alliance. I know there will be added challenges of being a parent while pursuing my Owen MBA; however, I know my family and I will benefit from becoming members of the Owen Partners Association as it will enable me to create the right balance between my academic work and commitments to my family.
I also want to influence my classmates to raise awareness of the problems underprivileged people are facing. I am eager to inspire my fellow classmates with my life stories to take initiative aiming to end homelessness globally. Furthermore, I want to invite Owen Net Impact to collaborate with nonprofits focused on homelessness.
What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Two things: making a good internship in my dream job, and having passionate interest in enjoying classes at Owen.