About this Speaker
Alina Trigub was born and immigrated from Ukraine in the former Soviet Union. A large part of her family perished in World War II defending the country from the Nazi invasion and in the Holocaust; same as many other Soviet citizens. National patriotism remained high for decades after the war. Alina’s grandparents settled in Odessa, Ukraine after the war, and they could not imagine a better place to live than Odessa; Alina’s city of birth.
The former Soviet Union, however, was a so-called Utopian dream only through government propaganda and oppression, and as anti-Semitism escalated (Alina’s family is Jewish) and as some pro-fascist organizations planned pogroms, the dream turned into a nightmare. The short of it was that it was at that time her family finally realized that it was time to leave Soviet Union. Alina was twenty years old when her family decided to immigrate to the United States to escape growing anti-Semitism. Alina’s story is really a glowing example of the “Pursuit-of-the-American-Dream” tale.
When Alina arrived in the United States, she knew that she was not entitled to anything except an adventure, and that in order to succeed she had to work hard and learn harder. She pursued a degree in Accounting from Baruch College, while working as a sales person in a busy clothing and shoe store in NYC. She was excited to be granted a Green Card after arriving in the US, and five years later she was ecstatic to pass the US Citizenship test.
Alina is proud to be an American, and she shares a strong work ethic with her husband of nearly 20 years that they instilled in their two children. Alina loves the United States and feels that it provides all its citizens the freedom, equal opportunity, and the tools to succeed. Nevertheless, when she looks back to the first few years in the US, she believes that the most difficult, and yet the most rewarding task for her was adapting to a new culture and finding her place in a foreign country.
Alina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting as well as an MBA in Finance and Management. She’s a former tax accountant with the Big Four experience. Later in her career she transitioned to the technology industry as a liaison between the business and technology worlds.