How did you start out?
I was born, grew up and studied in Salerno. During my university career my professor asked me if I wanted to start teaching Italian as a foreign language to Erasmus students. I was very young, just 18. After my degree I lived in Russia to study Russian. I taught Italian to Russians and then I came back to Italy and I taught in Florence. When I was 23 I decided to come back to my hometown and founded my school Accademia Italiana. It was a very big challenge and for many people it was a crazy thing, crazy because Salerno wasn’t a traditional destination for educational programmes.
What piece of advice would you give to your 21-year-old self?
I would recommend to have courage in making decisions not shared by everyone, not to be afraid of strong experiences, to open the mental horizons with experiences in different countries and different cultures in order to understand your strengths and weaknesses as a person and as a culture.
What helped you get as far as you have?
The support of my parents has been fundamental in my life to make me become who I am and to make me get what I have now. With their practical help, they allowed me to satisfy all my professional and personal ambitions, to carry out all my projects because they always took care of my family (I have 3 children). Also, I have chosen the best husband who understands and supports all my ambitions in a mature and concrete way. This is a great thing for a woman who does not want to give up being a successful professional and a good mother as well.
A low point in your career/life and how you overcame it?
From every low moment and from any failure I have had, I tried to understand my mistake and to learn from it to improve my future. I apply this principle both in my work and in my personal life: I think about where I am wrong and I try to improve it in the future.
One word to describe yourself?
EVERYDAY I FEEL LIKE THIS YOUNG GIRL: stay strong, trust in you and be focused: failure is an event not a person!
What are you most proud of in your professional life?
Someone once told me: 'You are hidden in the province (Salerno)'. I am proud of precisely this, having brought the province (Salerno) among the most important destinations of our industry and to sit in among the giants of the educational field, getting positions of responsibility also in national and international bodies. It makes me so proud!
Your first paying job: What and when?
When I was studying at university I did a lot of paying jobs: I was already teaching foreign languages to high school kids and then during the holidays I went to big department stores to promote and sell new products. That was my first real marketing experience, with ordinary people who came to buy Soaps, Batteries and Christmas panettone just because of Me.
What do you do to keep yourself centered?
Music is my only addiction.: to always be focused I listen to classical music, especially piano, while I work, when I'm in the car or at home I listen rock or pop music
What’s your favourite quote?
Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows
– Helen Keller
What would your superpower be?
I believe that nobody is worthy of being envied by me. I feel no envy of anyone, because I have had everything from life: health, intelligence, beauty and above all a healthy and beautiful family. The belief that I already have so much leads me to always set new goals to reach with new ambitions. This is my superpower!