Interview with Daniela Gardiner, International Women's Day

Sarah Ingwersen International Women's Day, Career Advice

Taylor Root is proud to be supporting International Women's Day 2017. We have interviewed a series of our female clients asking them how they have been bold for change #BeBoldForChange

Taylor Root interviewed Daniela Gardiner, General Manager, European Legal & International Affairs at Panasonic Europe Limited.

Do you have any secrets to having a successful career? 
In my opinion, the key to having a successful career is hard work and not being scared to take on new challenges!! I believe that being able to push yourself outside of your comfort zone is key, as well is learning from your mistakes but not dwelling on them.

How do you achieve work life balance? 
Great childcare! As a working mother getting the right childcare is key. Also, flexibility is key! Sometimes you will need to work late even if that means working from home, however, you must ensure you always leave the office on time and let people know, including senior management, of your working pattern so as to manage their expectations. Also, as a parent, always ensuring you leave on time to pick up children and always being there at bedtime for stories is key for me to achieving work life balance. Using technology - you can VC even at home if you have the right technology!

Who inspires you and why? 
Amal Clooney. She is hugely successful in her work, she fights for justice and human rights and her ethical stance is inspiring. The fact she is now going to have a family just adds to her credentials!