Within two years of receiving her MBA from Ball State, Miranda Abazi ,'05 MBA, was appointed director of a key Macedonian business development agency. To what does she most attribute the reason for this rapid career path? Her MBA coursework and guidance from her mentor in the Miller College of Business's Bureau of Business Research, associate director Judy Lane.
When one of her MBA professors learned of Abazi's interest in helping small businesses in her home country, he referred her to Lane as a prospective mentor. Lane's overseas living experience and active interest in international students made for a perfect fit with Abazi's curiosity about American business practices.
Lane was struck by Abazi's goals and personal drive as they became better acquainted. "She is a true pioneer in Macedonia, introducing cutting-edge business tools and on-line learning methods" said Lane, noting "we remain good friends even after her graduation from Ball State."
As director of the South East Europe University's business development center, Abazi assists firms in the area in and around Tetovo, Macedonia expand markets and services. Her center provides assistance in training of trainers, development of marketing plans as well as strategic planning. Abazi already has won a major grant for a local communications firm, demonstrating her value to the business community and her university.
Abazi and her fiancé, computer science graduate Gentian Metaj '07 MS, will clearly be outstanding representatives of Ball State University as they advance their careers.