Graduate Degree & Year: In-Career M.A. in Public Policy and Management, 2009
Job Title & Organization: Executive Director, Association of Consulting Engineers of Serbia (National FIDIC organization of Serbia)
Why I Do What I Do: I enjoy supporting Serbian economy by helping consulting/engineering businesses become more competitive in domestic and international markets due to implementation of international FIDIC standards.
Favorite Glenn School Class and/or Professor:
All classes with David Wirick
Last Good Book Read: Siddharta by Hermann Hesse
Last Good Movie Seen: Déjà vu (2006)
Latest Personal or Professional Accomplishment: Becoming the Executive Director at the age of 27
Success doesn't come to you, you go to it. You are the driver, not a passenger in life.
Who said "can't"? Someone is always doing something someone else said was impossible. Try trying.
Having good character doesn't always mean following the crowd.
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying "I will try again tomorrow".
What was your motivation for attending the Glenn School?
My motivation was a very interesting curriculum, and the opportunity to do a dual master’s program, combining a master’s in Public Policy and Management with a master’s in City and Regional Planning. At the time, I was also working for the State government, influencing urban development policy, and the Glen School’s program was a great fit for the field that I wanted to become a specialist in.
What is your favorite Glenn School memory?
My favorite memory is the Glenn School pre-commencement event with Senator John Glenn and the group photo of the class of spring 2009 taken on the stairs of the School on the perfect sunny day of June 13th! So much energy, hard work, persistence, motivation, belief, courage and aspiration for a better tomorrow captured by a single shot of a camera! Simply amazing.
Briefly describe your career path and how you ended up with the job you currently have?
I have had experience in the urban planning and development fields both in Serbia and in the U.S. With an endless desire to progress and take on more challenges, I found my current job unintentionally, while attending a professional-development event during my vacation in Serbia, my home country. It was an opportunity I absolutely could not miss, because it represented all I ever wanted out of my career. Good knowledge of both Serbian and U.S. practices helped me offer a unique perspective on how things could be done, and I am very satisfied how everything worked out.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to current and future Glenn School students?
Constantly seek opportunities, be inquisitive, and present yourselves in a way people will remember you instantly. It is the enthusiasm, quality of knowledge and experience, and a constant drive to advance in life that gets us to always be ahead of others. Public Policy is a great field to apply all of the aforementioned to, as it strives to provide well-being to all, without exceptions.
What is the most valuable thing you took away from your Glenn School experience?
The Glenn School’s program provided a distinctive blend of theory and practice of relevant topics concerning public policy issues, and therefore represented a very valuable tool for future professional policy-makers. The most precious moments would certainly be Mr. David Wirick’s lectures, based on pure practical experience and success stories from the renowned policy expert himself.
What would your Glenn School classmates be most surprised to know about you now?
I think they would be surprised I decided to take on a big challenge and build my career back in Serbia. It has been a challenge, but a rather exciting and fulfilling one!