How did you start out?

I was working in advertising and after a while, I started to get restless. I wanted something different. I quit my job as I was a VP for an advertising agency and moved to Italy on my own. I ended up teaching business English in Italy. After four years I decided to get a Masters Degree back in US.


What piece of advice would you give to your 21-year-old self?

To listen more!

It seems that the millennial thinking is: ´I have something important to say, I´m entitled to say it now´ and quite often they forget to listen.


What helped you get as far as you have?

Taking risks.


A low point in your career/life and how you overcame it?

After having made a long distance move for a job opportunity, I was put next to a very difficult co-worker, who had the ability to push all the buttons to deeply upset me. At the same time, I started reading about meditation and that gave me the opportunity to learn how to not take things personally: I started seeing that annoying person as a teacher! The Dalai Lama said once: ´I am thankful to the Chinese Government because they give me the opportunity to practice patience´. I am grateful to that co-worker because she gave me the opportunity to do so too.


One word to describe yourself?

Genuine.


What are you most proud of in your professional life?

Seeing the success stories of people who have worked for me.


Your first paying job: What and when

I was 16 and it was cleaning hotel rooms.


What do you do to keep yourself centered?

Meditate. I teach meditation too.


What's your favourite quote?

Do one thing each day that scares you.

– Eleanor Roosevelt


What would your superpower be?

Giving people the power to control their minds, rather than their minds controlling them.