Isabelle Meyer, Moët Hennessy Europe
Taylor Root is proud to be supporting International Women's Day 2018. We have interviewed a selection of our female clients asking them how they are pressing forward for women's gender parity #pressforprogress
Taylor Root interviewed, Isabelle Meyer, Legal Director, Moët Hennessy Europe
If you could tell your younger self one thing what would it be and why?
Learn foreign languages as early as possible. Speaking a few languages gave me amazing career opportunities that I would probably not have had if I had only spoken one language.
What action or decision are you most proud of making in your lifetime?
I made the choice to become a criminal lawyer, but received an offer from JP Morgan (private banking), an offer that you cannot refuse when you are 24 years old. Joining JP Morgan early in my career was probably the best decision that I made. My boss there (Head of Legal) taught me a lot and supported my international mobility. I also understood what kind of advice clients (whether internal or external) were expecting. After 4 years within JP Morgan’s legal department in Switzerland, I was transferred to London, which was the beginning of my truly international career.
Of the people that inspire you, what character traits do they have which you admire?
I am usually inspired by people who have a high sense of integrity and have a vision. I have also noticed that it is easier to work with people who have both excellent technical and soft skills.
If you were to be a mentor to someone within your profession, what one piece of advice would you give?
Be flexible, open-minded, accept your mistakes and learn from them. Life is full of surprises and you have to be ready to face unexpected hurdles, which can sometimes be for the best…
What would you say the top 3 skills are needed in order to be successful in your industry?
Be pragmatic, business minded and hard working.