Women’s History Month with Ayazhan Mukhammedova

Tell us a little about yourself!

I moved to San Francisco just two years ago. I have always loved California for it’s weather and all of the nature it has. I am originally from Kazakhstan, so it was a big challenge and risk for me to move overseas, and try something totally different. I received my bachelor ‘s degree in Radio, Electronic and Telecommunication. (pretty similar with my present job huh?:)) Before moving to San Francisco, I had all different opportunities where I learned how to really connect with customers.  In all of my experiences I  was determined that, no matter what, I was to always lead my team to be successful together.

I began at Mulberry and Grand as a sales associate, but have moved up to be our Store Manager of our San Francisco location. I can proudly say that it has been challenging to learn what it means to manage a team of employees. As you hire people you learn how to understand people’s behaviors and their real personality. There’s definitely a psychological aspect to the job, you know?

Our team, at M&G, is made up of a lot of women! What women in the world, or in your personal life, do you look up to most?

In my life, my hero is my mom. Even with my mom being so far away, I know that she would always be there for me no matter what the situation is. I come from a family of many strong women, and I’m so thankful for that.

I, also, really look up to Oprah Winfrey. She had so many struggles from such a young age, but she never gave up. She worked hard to get to where she is today, and she helps so many other women do the same. The reason why I think she is so loved by so many people is because she gives a little light of hope to those who have lost hope.

So you’re very much a millennial. What are some issues within your generation that you are passionate about, or you feel like need light shed on them?

Family relationships. We have to take care of the kids, and teach them positive messages and family values. As time is progressing, children are becoming more angry and confused with this life, and I believe that message of positivity should begin within their home. We must spread the the message of love and respect; even when there are differences.

What are some lessons you’ve learned along the way?

The lesson that I’ve learned from the past, is to believe in yourself. Life changes, people change, things you like change, places change, and you change as you experience different  life events. You become mentally stronger, and that’s life. Not everyday is filled with sunshine, but you have to learn to get up, wash up, and be the best you everyday.

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If you could go back to when you were just leaving high school, what advice would you give to your younger self?

To study harder. To not take failures as the world is ending. To dream big. To tell to your family how much you love them, because everyday counts. You have to enjoy the place where you are now and be thankful for everyday. And most importantly, believe in yourself. There is nothing you can’t do. It is a very beautiful world out there, so try to explore it.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Might be silly, but it was to not take everything personal. Don’t be so serious. Things that are important to you now, might be less important tomorrow.

Why is celebrating Women’s History Month important to you?

It’s an honor, and I can say, proudly, that I am a woman. I love to share about my story and journey.

Tell us something weird about yourself.

I am planning a trip around the states. Just me and my car. I’ve gotta see the world out there!

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