I have diverse abilities in working with people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, developing plans for improving organizations, and implementing organizational change. Seven years spent living abroad has introduced me to a variety of methods of problem solving and has allowed me to develop leadership skills and a global mindset. Furthermore, my work experience in financial services, federal/state government, non-profit, and public education has given me a wealth of knowledge and understanding of many industries that cannot be obtained from classroom studies.
Education and Early Career
I received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah and began my professional career by serving as an intern, first for the Utah Governor’s Office in Salt Lake City, and subsequently for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania.
My successes in the Utah Governor’s Office included both the development of a new filing system, which provided better organization for documents and an introduction of a new system of handling incoming correspondence, which improved internal communication and allowed staff members to be better informed about constituents.
As an intern for the State Department, I completed an analysis of airports from a commercial viewpoint for embassy staff and airline executives. I also updated the records of classified biographies for easier use and promoted markets for American businesses by creating content for the annual Country Commercial Guide.
Shortly after graduating from university, I worked at Wells Fargo Investments in Salt Lake City, Utah as a Series 7 and 63 licensed trading representative. This experience helped me to learn about financial markets and the importance of savings and investments.
Career Progress Abroad
I began my international career in Korea, teaching English as a foreign language at Gyeonggi Global Trade High School. My career progressed to teaching English at Dongducheon Foreign Language High School, an elite public high school in Korea. I was named a mentor teacher in 2013 and subsequently was chosen as a consultant to the Dongducheon-Yangju Office of Education in 2014.
I volunteered for the Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch in 2012 and 2013, managing its social media accounts to develop a better and more accessible presence in the community. I was elected to the Council (advisory board) in September 2013. In my current role, I continue to promote the organization and, particularly, an understanding of Korea’s history and culture through online media and an informative newsletter.
Returning to America
In early 2017, I moved back to the United States to continue my education. I am currently enrolled in the graduate accounting (MAcc) program at the University of Utah with a focus in accounting information systems.