Anna was born in Moscow, Russia. At 17, she moved to Rome, Italy, to study. Now, she works as a freelancer in Learning Experience Design. Read on below to learn more about Anna’s passions and interests! If you’re a Rise member, you can connect directly with Anna in our private LinkedIn and Facebook groups. Enjoy!
Rise Member Spotlight: Anna Butuzova
What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, I like having conversations about life with people. Also, I like movies, books, cookouts, restaurants, and travel. Finally, sometimes I enjoy expressing myself artistically through different media.
How did you choose your career path? Is this always what you wanted to do?
I used to work in wine trade. I did not choose to do it, I simply ended up in it because I was open to many options. When I decided to get a Masters degree, I was also open to my studies leading me in different directions. I received my degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and after I switched industries to work in education.
What’s your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment has been learning these two things: to not be afraid to do what I feel is right and to acknowledge that sometimes I make mistakes, and there inevitably will be an “ungraceful” side to it, too.
What’s a challenge you are proud of yourself for overcoming?
I think the biggest challenge that I have experienced has been being able to ask difficult questions, and, more importantly, being able to tolerate the uncertainty of not having one clear answer.
I experience personal growth when I take on bigger challenges, like philosophizing over concepts, and take on issues that are more overwhelming than I thought I could handle. Understanding my own limits is not a challenge I can probably ever overcome, but I like to engage in the process.
For example, when is it appropriate to follow one’s semi-formed desires and when is it better to stick to structure? This is a difficult question that I have encountered in my career path. I also have other questions surrounding my political beliefs, family life, and personal priorities that I can think through. The answers, solutions, or steps to take are not easy, but they may produce a very deep, fulfilling and “fought for” meaning. Each time I fine such meaning, it creates nuances of understanding for myself.
I can never totally overcome uncertainty and conflict, but I try to face these issues rather than avoid them. Facing uncertainty and conflict does not make me feel proud, but recognizing and acknowledging my conflicts are more important than my pride.
What does having a community of women available mean to you?
When I had problems with my mother, and in my family in general, I was very upset, but I experienced comfort relating to stories shared by other people. I realized many people face problems similar to mine. By listening, I was able to expand my understanding of my own problems. I hope I can help others by sharing as well.
Is there something in your life that Rise community can help you with?
I am moving to SF from Boston in 3 months. I would appreciate advice and also would love to connect if you leave/travel there often.
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