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DBT40 Honoree: Tatiana Poladko of TeenSHARP


Photo by Luigi Ciuffetelli

AGE: 33
TITLE: Founder and CEO
WORKS IN: Wilmington

What the nominator said:

“Because Tatiana’s work consumes close to 20 hours a day seven days a week, it is difficult to differentiate between her professional work and service. It does stand out, however, that as an executive director Tatiana finds time to teach students and parents across various schools about college on weekends and during after-hours.”

Social media platform you can’t live without:

“I make heavy use of Facebook for networking and promotion of TeenSHARP’s accomplishments.”

Biggest break:

“In 2005 I was awarded the prestigious Edmund Muskie Fellowship for Graduate and Professional Studies that brought me to the United States from Ukraine and allowed me to pursue a master’s in public administration at Rutgers University. If it were not for this life-changing opportunity, I would not be building a career focused on social impact in the state of Delaware and the region.”

Two words that best describe you:

Relentless and candid.

Work/life balance technique you recommend:

“Focus on the essential. In this day and age, most ambitious individuals find themselves in a perpetual hamster wheel where work is never-ending and always growing. Unless you focus on the essential, you will never win in the work versus life battle.”

Your advice for the next generation:

“Be a giver at all times and in every setting. It’s not only emotionally rewarding and morally right, it is also a proven career acceleration strategy.”

In one sentence, define success:

“One is successful if they have the know-how and wherewithal to change the trajectory of their individual family members or family as a whole and dramatically improve the status quo of their own community, however defined.”

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