Marta Kutuzova – Bearhug Foundation


“Before all else, I see my job as an opportunity to do something bigger than myself, something useful that will help people and have social impact.”

What is success to you?

Success is a long journey with ups and downs. The main trait that sets winners apart is endurance. Winners simply keep going when others give up. Of course, talent, creativity, education and communication skills are critical, but I think that the most important quality of a winner is the desire to win. As actor Will Smith put it, “You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things. You got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there are two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s that simple.”

Why do you love your career?

It makes me happy. I always learn something new, meet interesting people and solve challenging problems. I also truly enjoy seeing ideas transform into products, something real and tangible. I have been working since I was seventeen years old. Work is an integral part of my life and a form of social realization. One of the greatest pleasures for me is a sense of work well-done at the end of the day
as I’m leaving the office.





Sergey Ivannikov

Sergey is the Founder & CEO of Russian American Media, Inc. — one of the largest media companies serving Russian-Speaking community of USA. He is a publisher of several acclaimed publications including Russian Time Magazine, Russian Observer Newspaper, Russian Community Directory, and web portal Sergey is the organizer of several annual community events including Russian Capitol Reception, Best Award Ceremony, Multicultural Business & Career Expo, International Kids Festival, Christmas Lights for Underprivieleged Children and others. In his spare time Sergey enjoys traveling and photography.

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