2017 Best & Brightest: Solongo Batsukh, University of Denver (Daniels)

Solongo Batsukh

University of Denver, Daniels College of Business

“A dreamer with a heart of a servant who enjoys insightful conversations and quality wine and exceptional dining experiences.”

Fun fact about yourself:

I played varsity golf in high school and now play recreationally.

I moved to the Unites States with my family when I was 12 years old.

I am fluent in 2 languages and conversational in 2 other languages.

I tutored English to North Korean refugees while studying abroad in South Korea.

I am a strong advocate of equal opportunities for kids all around the world.

I consider myself to be a strong feminist who fights for equal rights between men and women in the corporate world.

I have held leadership positions at several student organizations including, Program Educator, Treasurer and Warden for Kappa Phi Lambda Multicultural Sorority; President for the International Student Organization and Inter-club Relations Chair for the Asian Student Alliance.

Hometown: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia / St. Louis, MO

High School: Parkway North High School

Major: Accounting

Minor: Management

Favorite Business Courses: Micro Economics, Auditing, and Information Technology

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

Extracurricular Activities:

Program Educator, Treasurer and Warden, Kappa Phi Lambda Multicultural Sorority, Denver, CO (2013 – Present)

  • Manage Sorority fund and report monthly activities to National Board.
  • In charge of collecting semester dues in a timely manner.
  • Educate incoming sisters about the values and traditions of the sorority.

Gold Status Member, Beta Alpha Psi Honor Organization, Denver, CO (2014 – 2015)

  • Competed in Best Practices Competition (sponsored by Deloitte).
  • Volunteer as Administrative Assistant for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).

President, International Student Organization, Denver, CO (2013 – 2015)

  • Lead weekly meetings with 10 board members and 6 assistant members.
  • Execute campus wide events quarterly for ISO members.

Inter-club Relations Chair, Asian Student Alliance, Denver, CO (2012 – 2014)

  • Maintain strong network with other student organization leaders.
  • Arrange events to promote political awareness to Asian Pacific Americans.

English Tutor, New Harvest Ministry Church, Seoul, Korea (Fall 2014)

  • Volunteered to tutor English to North Korean Refugees.
  • Educated students on complex English grammar and communication skills.

Awards and Honors:

Pioneer Award nominee and winner                                                              2016

Beta Alpha Psi Best Practices National Competition – 2nd Place            2015

University of Denver Madden Challenge Finalist                                        2012

Regional High School Golf Tournament – 2nd place                                  2011

Where have you interned during your college career:

Assurance Intern, PwC, San Francisco, CA                                                  Winter 2016

  • Perform specific audit procedures for each assigned teams.
  • Keep in contact with clients and internal firm assistants.
  • Analyze paperwork performed by client and test relative data.

Internal Firm Service Intern, PwC, Denver, CO                                          Summer 2015

  • Update internal firm system client information.
  • Research nearby official places for clients and leadership teams.
  • Organize paperwork for employees upon request.

Web Designer, Bimex Holding, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia                           Summer 2013

  • Worked directly with members from Marketing and IT fields
  • Designed and completed a Web page for the company
  • Improved team building and communication skills

Describe your dream Job: My dream job would be a place where I can make a difference, help others through my line of work, and create a positive impact in my community. A culture where I feel welcomed, valued, and respected. An environment where ideas are heard, implemented, and credited.

What did you enjoy most about majoring in a business-related field? I enjoyed the competitive yet collaborative environment that challenged me more than just academically. There are also many routes within business that students can take in the future using the networks they made during their studies.

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? The biggest lesson I learned by studying business is effective time management skills. Also, I feel confident in my presentation and professional writing skills along with a good understanding of how businesses operate in the real world.

Where would you like to work after graduation? I would like to work for PwC as a Core Assurance Associate. I believe that this field of work will provide me with invaluable experience and opportunities in the future.

What are your long-term professional goals? My long term professional goal is to educate women and children in underdeveloped countries about financial literacy and teach the importance of being aware of their financial situations and different opportunities they may have in their current state.

“I knew I wanted to major in business when…I took an accounting class in high school and found myself feeling more and more passionate about the topic day after day.”

“If I didn’t major in business…I would be an artist. I have a strong passion for art and often express myself through it.”

“Before I entered business school…I wish I had known that it is okay to fail as long as you get back up one more time.”

What was the happiest moment of your life? The happiest moment of my life was when I tutored English to North Korean Refugees. I listened to their stories and life as a refugee as well as their hopes and dreams in the future. I felt very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to study at the University of Denver as well as for my family for being very supportive of my decisions. I realized that not everyone is provided with the same opportunity and that gave me motivation to start helping women and children live out their potentials.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I am most proud of receiving the Pioneer Award, one of the most prestigious awards at the University of Denver. It is a recognition from my community that gave me hope and reassurance that I was going the right direction regarding people around me and my future.

What animal would you choose to represent your professional brand? I would choose a lion to represent my personal brand because I take pride in my work and I strive to be just in any given situation.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? I would like to thank my parents for all my successes. They have been the backbone of everything I have achieved thus far and beyond. I would not be here today without their unconditional love and support. They have humbled me in times of successes and given me strength in times of need.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? I would like for them to say that I was someone who truly believed in other people’s potentials and helped push them beyond their limits.

Favorite book: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Favorite movie: Inception

Favorite musical performer: Beyoncé

Favorite vacation spot: Singapore

What are your hobbies? My hobbies include playing golf, reading books, and traveling. I have visited 7 different countries and would like to visit each country at least once in my lifetime.

What made Batsukh such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2017?

“I first met Solongo informally given her involvement with Beta Alpha Psi and was able to get to know her better while she was a student in my Auditing Course. Initially, Solongo stood out given her involvement with Beta Alpha Psi and her role in leading a team to compete and win on both a regional and national level against other universities in the Organization’s annual Best Practice competition. Solongo’s outstanding performance in my course mirrored her other accomplishments as evidenced by her outstanding academic record, leadership roles, and service to the community. Given these accomplishments, it is very appropriate that Solongo was awarded the Pioneer Award which is awarded by the University of Denver to a senior who demonstrates strong academic performance, leadership, community service, campus involvement, strong character and pride in the University.”

Lisa M. Victoravich
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Associate Professor, School of Accountancy
Daniels College of Business
University of Denver


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