Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VRESILIENT WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.
Irina Zlatogorova is an independent business consultant with over 20 years of experience in leading and managing complex projects for Fortune 500 companies. She has demonstrated substantial process improvements and savings results in consumer products, home services, and the retail industry. Irina has been recognized for her expertise in effective contract negotiations, building teams, and providing mentorship to young business professionals.
In her previous role as a Divisional Vice President of Procurement for Sears Holdings Corporation, Irina was responsible for managing a team of 100 professionals and oversaw over $4 billion in annual spending for purchasing products and services. Her responsibilities included conducting supplier risk assessments, measuring team’s performance against industry benchmarks, and providing continuing training to associates.
Before Procurement, Irina was a Compliance Officer for the Home Services organization at Sears. She was responsible for ISO 9000 standard implementation, as well as adherence to statutory and regulatory requirements for the service industry. She also has extensive experience with divestitures, mergers and acquisitions, business process outsourcing and spending analysis.
Irina is fluent in the English and Russian languages, has an MBA from Northern Illinois University and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Business Administration with specialization in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Northcentral University.
Three Life Lessons
In this story, Irina shares her three biggest life lessons that helped her to overcome many obstacles and create the life she always wanted to have. They are:
Lesson#1 – Invest in yourself and your education.
Lesson #2 – Turn a ‘Bad’ situation into a ‘Good’ one and help other people.
Lesson #3 – Find out what your passion is.
Irina sincerely hopes that these three life lessons from her life examples will help you to overcome your obstacles, to stay focused on your life purpose, reach your highest goals and become your best self.