Interview With OKSANA KUKURUDZA
Sunflowers Bend But Rarely Break
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Hi, and welcome to the show!
On today’s show I have the pleasure of welcoming Ukrainian American author, speaker, and management consultant Oksana Kukurudza to talk about her book “Sunflowers Bend But Rarely Break” in which she shares what it was like for her Ukrainian parents’ to live in Ukraine in the 20’s and 30’s, their journey from Nazi slave camps, liberation by the US Army, and finally settling as immigrants in the United States with their 12 children.
Oksana was born in Rochester, NY and currently lives in New York City. She is a first generation American, born to Ukrainian immigrant parents, and is the youngest of twelve siblings. Oksana attended Boston University and Emory’s Goizueta Business School, earning both a Bachelor's and Master’s of Business Administration (MBA). Her specialty areas of both expertise and experience are public accounting and management consulting.
Through her work, Oksana spent eighteen months in Ukraine and six months in Italy in the 1990s. During her time in Ukraine, she lived and worked in Kyiv but also worked in other cities across Ukraine such as L’viv, Kryvyi Rih. and Dnipro (Dnipropetrovsk at the time) witnessing first-hand Ukraine’s difficult transition from communist Soviet Union to fledgling capitalist democracy.
Through her work and leisure, Oksana has traveled to over eighty countries, writing travel journals for her own personal consumption, collecting dear friends as well as words. Oksana recently collaborated on two business anthology books by Australian CEO and humanitarian, Cathy Dimarchos, entitled Going Against the Grain and Thinking Limitlessly. Oksana wrote a chapter for each anthology book.
In addition, during her twenty-one-year career in management consulting, Oksana has been published through “thought leadership” papers and interviewed for articles in business periodicals on subjects ranging from post-merger integration to robotics process automation. Inspired by the events of the Russo-Ukraine War and her own parents’ story of surviving slave camps of the Third Reich during WWII, this will be Oksana’s first major literary work.
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