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Shala Tavakoli

Shala Tavakoli


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Shala's work combines: Engineering, Business, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Risk Control Field Director

Manage a group of engineers/consultants who are engaged in risk assessment and risk improvement

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Homa H.S.

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician

    San Diego State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Financial Risk Specialists:

Bachelor's Degree: Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Theater fire in my home town in August of 1978.

  • 2.

    PSA flight 182 crash in San Diego in September of 1987, just a couple of miles away from my apartment, resulting in the loss of 144 lives.

  • 3.

    The revolution in my birth country in February1979 after a year of bloodshed and destruction.

  • 4.

    Loss of financial support due to the revolution.

  • 5.

    Birth of my first child in May of 1979.

  • 6.

    The Iran-Iraq war in 1980.

  • 7.

    The birth of my second child in January of 1981.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Teachers:

    You are a woman and this is a man's field. You are a foreigner and this field requires English language mastery.

  • How I responded:

    If you put your mind to something that you want and are willing to put in the time, you can remove gender, nationality and any other barrier.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • At age 20 I immigrated to US as a young wife and student. I did not speak English and had no friends or family in America except my husband. I got rid of my ego and smiled a lot. Many people genuinely tried to help me and make me feel at home.