Interview with Nicoletta Ravida

Julian Stone 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

We interviewed Nicoletta Ravida, Head of Southern Europe, Taylor Root.

Do you have any secrets to having a successful career? 
Being passionate about what I do, solution orientated, creative and positive thinking.

What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership? 
Two matters in my view can be a barrier to female leadership: the lack, in some women, of self-confidence and having children. Children inevitably will take away some time and energy from a women’s work day therefore female’s must be lucky to find a work environment that will not put them in a position to choose between a successful career and motherhood. Lack of self-confidence is something women tend to carry with them as a result of a mixture of cultural and social issues.

I personally have only had positive experiences in terms of work environment and building my confidence, but I see this being an issue for many women around me.

What do you think will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you in the workplace? 
Appreciate that motherhood is important and should not be seen as an alternative to a successful career.

What would your advice be to women who are trying to achieve their career ambitions? 
Do not give up on your principles and ideals (by becoming aggressive, over competitive, give up on ethics); be tenacious and consistent.

How do you achieve work life balance? 
Knowing how to prioritise.

What were the main drivers in helping you succeed in your career? 
Having a number of male characters around me who supported and believed in me.

What have you learned about leadership, entrepreneurship and mentoring others? 
Leadership: never do to your team what you would not like someone else do to you! 
Entrepreneurship: it requires a lot of energy, guts and positive thinking. 
Mentoring: this is very rewarding and something I enjoy very much.