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Tarlon Khoubyari

COO, Boss Business Market

 

And - Full time student, UNC Greensboro

I wake up looking forward to the chance to build lasting relationships with people who want to do good in this world.

What do you do?

I am a digital storyteller, I make your digital marketing dreams come true powered by data and a team of people who are genuinely passionate about telling your story in the best way.

Why did you choose this field?

I wouldn't say I chose this, I think it sort of just happened. My good friend and business partner, Naomi Thomas picked me up under her wing and told me her passion for it and we just started doing this together. I've known her since my freshman year of college and have maintained a strong relationship with her. She's really believed in me since day one and I wouldn't be where I am right now without her. It's been the biggest lesson and learning experience being a young entrepreneur but I feel so empowered to be led and supported by her. As a kid, I've always loved writing and I wanted to find a way that connected to technology. Since the digital world is a huge part of a business's strategy I thought it was the perfect marriage of technology, storytelling, and people. Brands aren't just a logo and a product or service, they're people. 

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

So I was awarded the NCWIT Affiliate award my senior year of high school when I first moved to North Carolina. The award ceremony was at the Bank of America headquarters and little did I know that a few years later I would actually be interning at the company and living in Charlotte full-time. That was a full circle moment for me. 

Why do you love working in STEM?

Working in STEM gives me the tools to solve problems, connect with people, and tell stories. I've learned that you don't need to be in a super technical field to be in STEM. I mean the skillset helps a lot but generally, I think being a woman in STEM is beyond that. I wake up looking forward to the chance to build lasting relationships with people who want to do good in this world. I've met some of my closest friends through social media and the women in technology community is so strong.

Best advice for the next generation

 Always be curious and never stop being you. 

Hero


My mother. That woman has given me everything I can in terms of emotional and mental support. She is my number 1 fan and the first person I call when I have good news...and bad. She is the strongest person I know and has taught me how to love.