Katia Hadjiyska grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria and moved to Houston, Texas in pursuit of a quality college education. Graduating from Westside High School, she later enrolled in the University of Houston, C. T. Bauer College of Business, and received two degrees in business administration.

(Photo Courtesy of Katia Hadjiyska)

(Photo Courtesy of Katia Hadjiyska)

What is your educational background?

“I firmly believe education helped me make an even grander impact, both professionally and philanthropical. I enrolled at the University of Houston and received a certificate in corporate entrepreneurship and two bachelors of Business Administration degrees, one in finance, through the Global Energy Management Institute and one in entrepreneurship, through the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship. Attending school was a privilege, so I ran in and out from work, and focused on learning as much as possible throughout the lectures, while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average all the way through the bachelor programs.”

What do you do?

“I am currently manager of global strategy and corporate development for MasterWord Services. Headquartered in Houston’s Energy Corridor, MasterWord Services connects people across language and culture by providing language services in over 250 languages to over 300 organizations across 4 continents. We provide service to a broad array of industries: energy, government, education, health care, legal, and finance.”

“One important project that we are currently involved with is Vispi (this is MasterWord’s video remote interpreting software that uses the latest technological advancements), which is truly a breakthrough in translation technology. Through Vispi, MasterWord is able to provide video remote communication services for those who are hard of hearing, deaf, or cannot speak English. This is how it works: when a deaf person or someone with limited English skills enters a hospital for instance, doctors and nurses can use Vispi to access MasterWord Services and get a qualified medical interpreter via video. The net result is greater patient satisfaction.”

How does education help your work?

“I applied the theory I learned in school to my work. The Wolff Center is ranked first of its kind in the country, accepting 35 students and guiding them through a 3-semester immersion in business theory, real-world application, and personal development. The program teaches one to transform ideas into viable businesses by facilitating meetings with grand business leaders, making a trip to visit with Warren Buffett for a day in Omaha, analyzing Harvard case studies, appointing personal mentors, organizing roundtables, and promoting attendance at leadership retreats.”

Hadjiyska says that her degree in finance introduced business theory in a traditional, lecture-based fashion, which was valuable, but the entrepreneurship degree served as a catalyst for a grandiose personal transformation and opened her eyes to real success; nurturing all aspects of life, cultivating self-awareness, fostering the human side of business, challenging the status quo, seeking meaning and fulfillment in business ventures, and giving back.

Richard Carranza is a reporter from the Houston, Texas area and published his first work in 1990. His education includes a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Cornell College, master of science in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University, and a masters of business administration from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. In addition to writing, Richard is involved in the design of petroleum refineries, petrochemical plants, oil/gas facilities and ethanol plants. He also carries out writing assignments for publications like Chemical Processing Magazine, Maritime Executive Magazine and Chemical Online.