Kadja Ribeiro recently moved to Atlanta, leaving her home country of Brazil for the first time just a few years ago. With a master’s degree in finance, she describes herself as a geek by definition, but also a very outgoing person who loves to dance and read. Her personal goal is always to motivate others.
She was born in the city of Belo Horizonte, which translates to “beautiful horizon,” and said that the Brazilian Jewish community is a unique one.
“Almost everyone in Brazil is Catholic, so we’re treated very strangely, like we’re completely different from them in every way,” she said. “Because of that we’re very strongly united and family-focused.”
Ribeiro works as a senior finance analyst at Thyssenkrupp Elevators. She first began working for the company in Brazil before taking on her current role in the U.S. in 2018. Ribeiro described her transition to life in the United States as a complicated and drawn out one.
“I’m still learning because all this time I’ve been very focused on my work while getting settled here,” she said. “But I’m starting to learn how to integrate with the community here and going to more and more events.”
As that self-described math geek, Ribeiro writes an equation on her office window each week with a fun solution. For example, a past favorite: (x) = |x| Avoid negativity.