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    Tuesday
    Jan202015

    New Year, New Faces: Su Hlaing 

     

    Su’s love of other cultures started early. Growing up, Su attended an international school in Yangon, where her classmates – often the sons and daughters of diplomats – hailed from around the world, an experience that informed her childhood career decisions.

    “I used to want to be a diplomat,” she says with a small laugh as she makes herself at home on a couch in Proximity’s office. Well spoken, poised, and rarely without a glowing smile, Proximity’s newest team member would have done a fabulous job in the foreign service, but we’re lucky she chose Proximity instead.

    While her fervor for diplomacy has waned, her enjoyment of different cultures has only grown. Su received a full scholarship to attend university in the United States, where she studied Asian studies and Chinese. After graduating, she worked in Washington, D.C., at an international food policy research organization with coworkers from all over the world.

    She recently moved back to Myanmar to reconnect with family and friends, only to discover her cross-cultural education would continue in her home country. Now, she says, her job at Proximity has taught her about rural ways of life in her own backyard.

    During her first three months working with our irrigation division, Su jumped right into her new role by traveling all around the country giving sales training to field staff and developing relationships with countless farmers along the way.

    “I saw Myanmar in a way that even many people here don’t see [it],” she said. “I saw how hard rural farmers work and how they are really in need of techniques and strategies. When we’re able to provide for those needs, through Proximity, I feel like I’m doing something for my country.”

    Giving back to her community has always been a big part of Su’s life, from teaching English in Yangon during her secondary school years to volunteering with refugees in the United States. Her desire to have a positive impact drew her to Proximity’s social mission, and her love of adventure drew her to what she saw as its creative, international culture.

    Here, her role is still evolving; Su will be working with a number of different teams during her first few months to find the perfect position for her within the organization. It won't be the first time someone who's multi-talented and versatile was hired at Proximity and given a taste of different roles before defining their own. So far, Su's enjoying her role at sales, and we can't wait to see where she'll end up.