Katie Koroleva was born in Vorkuta City, Russia. Vorkuta is located in the Far North, North of the Polar Circle. The city is best known for its prison with no walls—too cold and too remote to go anywhere. At the age of 8 she and her family moved to Nizhny Novgorod, which is about 5 hours from Moscow. She completed her schooling there including her BA in Public Administration and English interpretation. After college she came to the US, where she has been for the past eight years. After working for Toyota, she currently works in sales for Lexus.

She will present some interesting insights into a youngsters life in Russia as contrasted with life in the US, as well as her view of current Russia.