At AG Consulting Partners, we are honored to work with a diverse group of people with a variety of talents and interests. This month, we are highlighting Christene Oganov to learn more about her work and passions outside of the office.
What’s your background? Where did you grow up and go to school?
I’m an Armenian-American. I grew up and went to school here in Washington. My parents fled Azerbaijan when they were 18 years old, they lived in Armenia for a while, and then in Moscow, Russia until coming to the US in 1996.
Can you tell me about your current project?
I’ve been working with the University Recruiting team at a global tech company. I help procure swag items and event assets for various recruiting events. This includes supporting multiple teams to ensure brand standards are met, place orders, and track and manage inventory. In addition to this I update online assets and templates, source photos and other media, and post videos. Lately, a lot of my efforts have been going towards supporting the transition of programs to virtual platforms.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I have this particular “hee-hee” laugh that I do when I’m right about something and am feeling uppity about it. It’s something that even I didn’t notice until someone pointed it out to me and even after that I couldn’t stop doing it.
What’s your favorite place in the world and why?
By the beach! No particular one (though the one I most commonly go to is Edmonds). I’ve been living near water my whole life and it’s always been a place that’s associated with many happy memories, not to mention that the sound of waves is calming.
Are there any books or stories that particularly speak to you?
I always love a good dystopian novel to read for fun (i.e. 1984, A Clockwork Orange, The Wanting Seed), but there have also been some great business leadership books that stuck with me. One of them was the popular Good to Great by Jim Collins. It was the number one book everyone in business school read and referenced throughout the years. Another is Lincoln on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips. It’s a quick read that goes through the various aspects of Lincoln that made him a successful leader throughout his life. There are great points that are applicable to people’s daily lives, as well as managers.
If you were to start your own business, what would it be and why?
Selling my old artwork on apparel or as posters would be one possibility for me, as it’s something that my friends and I have talked about doing forever. But I’m also very interested in having my own coffee shop/stand. I’d like for it to be mobile like a food truck but coffee. I think it’s just because I really enjoyed being a barista and acquiring all the knowledge about tea, coffee, pairings, and I have lots of ideas that can result in unique coffee creations.
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