Alumni Interview with Barbara Rhila Siposova
Barbara Rhila Siposova, Webster Private University Vienna alum (BA in International Relations, class of ’03, and Master of Business Administration, MBA, class of ’11). Originally from Bratislava, Slovakia, she has worked in several different companies and locations as a Sales Manager and professional.
Now Barbara Rhila Siposova is working for Availpro. Founded in 2001, Availpro is a leading technology provider to the global hospitality industry. Availpro stands at the center of the hospitality ecosystem. More than 7500 properties benefit from a range of innovative products helping them increasing their occupancy and revenue. In parallel, Availpro has established strategic connections with more than 350 partners worldwide. With a global footprint in 89 countries, Availpro differentiates with local teams and a dedicated customer service. In 2016, Availpro contributed to global travel growth by generating more than €3.5 billion in hotel room booking revenue.aving graduated from Webster University Vienna, Barbara embarked on an interesting journey. We took the time to catch up with Barbara, to see what her life was like after Webster, what prompted her to return to get her MBA, and what she is currently doing.
• Barbara, what made you choose Vienna, and Webster University, as your place to live and study?
I chose Vienna to live and study because of its convenient location only an hour away from Bratislava. Webster was my choice because of its good reputation – the best of the American educational system with an international perspective, combination of practical knowledge as the part of the learning experience, small classes, international student body and international relations undergraduate program.
• How would you describe your Webster Vienna Experience?
I had a fantastic Webster Vienna experience, I joined a global community of students, I could develop my leadership skills, present my ideas, develop my presentation skills. The classes were small and allowed a lot of interaction with the professor and I could develop long-lasting friendships with my classmates. I took the advantage of Vienna being at the heart of Europe and a city diplomatic hub and I received my first job during my undergraduate studies at the IAEA.
• What are your favorite memories from your time at Webster Vienna?
My favorite memories are from our leadership retreat in Greece, both graduation ceremonies and the ball in 2011.
• What was your first job after Webster Vienna? And how did you land that job?
I was already working at the IAEA, so I already had a job.
• You graduated with your BA in International Relations in 2003, and returned for your MBA some years later, what prompted you to continue your education?
Further education and possibility to develop my career in business. And at the same time, I could improve my language skills through various language business courses in Vienna.
I am fluent in English, German, French, Italian, Czech and Slovak.
• You are currently the Sales Manager at Availpro, could you give us a short description of what you do?
I advise hotels about internet booking strategies sell the whole solution range and I take care of sales negotiations and contracts. Furthermore , I am in charge of marketing activities in Austria. Important part of my role is to organize sales seminars as well as identify and engage potential partners (PMS, IDS, Web Agencies etc.…).Finally, I follow hotel performance to provide advice and prioritize sales activities.
You have become very successful in your field, and have gone on to have an expansive career, what would be your advice to recent graduates that are just beginning their careers?
Be ready to learn, always develop your skills, be flexible and work hard.
• Do you keep in contact with anyone you had met during your time at Webster Vienna?
I keep in contact with several of my former classmates.
• Would you be interested in connecting with your former classmates from your time at Webster Vienna?
I would be very interested to connect to my former classmates.