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Success Means You’ve Got To Hold It Together!

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Personal development gets you to the pro level. Spend time with seasoned entrepreneurs; focus on your personal goals and develop every skill required to live your most fulfilling life.

Passion breeds a deep will to work, to imagine new paths and to move forward with grace through challenges, says  Elisabeth Maragoula, Founder & Director of Euronique+Communications & BPI Global Talk

What for you means to be a woman entrepreneur?

Being an entrepreneur means taking a unique path – whether for a woman or man. I was lucky enough to have mentors, all of whom were men. Being an entrepreneur is hard work every day. It requires self-reflection and a balanced attitude of being intrepid and open at the same time.

You grew up in California.In what way New York and then Europe were different?

During my time living in these places, I noticed a general difference in the professional attitudes: “You can do it (whatever that may be)” in Northern California; “You will make it to the top in your industry” in New York City; “You can have a bit of it all” in Europe.

 Times Square in the Big Apple in Manhattan, USA, at night by yellow cabs and busy streets./ Copyright: Maridav
Times Square in the Big Apple in Manhattan, USA, at night by yellow cabs and busy streets./ Copyright: Maridav
Best piece of an advice for young female entrepreneurs? 

Personal development gets you to the pro level. Spend time with seasoned entrepreneurs; focus on your personal goals and develop every skill required to live your most fulfilling life.

What would you do differently if you were just trying to start off your life and a career in NYC?

If I had to go back in time as a single female graduate starting off my career in NYC, I would spend significant time identifying which specific industry would allow me to reach my long-term goals and get to know personally the most influential people in that industry.

If you could pick up one city to live in where that would be?

This is an impossible question – split time between San Francisco and Athens.

What kind of man goes with a strong and independent woman. In any walk of life?
Businessman in a suit flying happily holding a balloon over Paris, men climbing ladders, concept of success and career growth / Copyright: ImageFlow
Businessman in a suit flying happily holding a balloon over Paris/ Copyright: ImageFlow

The type of man that complements a strong woman depends greatly on what the woman truly needs to be satisfied. I believe in a partnership with a man where both people encourage the development of each other’s best version.

What have you learned about life so far?

That I know very little, and that at the end of the day you bring with you the love you have created through human relationships and experiences.

If you were to pick up your group of young female protégées, on which criteria would you select them?

I choose protégées based on their passion and desire for what they will become. Passion breeds a deep will to work, to imagine new paths and to move forward with grace through challenges. Desire creates the roadmap to investing this passion.

What is your biggest fear about running your own company?

Running my own company is a balancing act – doing the best work for clients, while creating completely fresh ideas to stay apart of the competition, and attracting the right new clients and partners. It is not so much a fear, but a constant concern about remaining in the sweet spot of holding it all together.

What do you know about men? I mean, so far?

They are wonderful creatures. They continually surprise me.

Work hard in Silence let success make the noise /Copyright: Melissa King
Work hard in Silence let success make the noise
/Copyright: Melissa King
What is the biggest illusion of success?

Self-promotion instead of just doing the work and letting that speak for you.

 

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Ksenija Pavlovic

Ksenija Pavlovic

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent.

Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department at Yale University, Lead Instructor in International Affairs and Security and Politics Law and Economics programs at Yale Global Scholars, Head Writing Fellow at the Yale Graduate Writing Center, Fellow of the “Research and Travel Award in Grand Strategy” from International Security Studies (ISS) at Yale University, Fellow of the Roger Hertog Global Strategy Initiative in Religious Violence at Columbia University, a Doctoral candidate in Political Conflict and Peace Building Processes at Complutense University in Madrid, Fellow of the OSI Global Supplementary Grant Program, and a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Juan March Institute. She holds an M.Sc. in European Politics from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in American Politics, and a B.A. in Journalism and Communication from the University of Belgrade. She speaks English, Serbian, Croatian, and Spanish.

Pavlovic has interviewed exclusively pivotal figures including Arianna Huffington, Sir Richard Branson, President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim, Karlie Kloss, filmmaker and founder of the Webby awards Tiffany Shlain, film director Lars von Trier, actors Adam Brody, Monica Bellucci, fashion designers Adolfo Dominguez, Tommy Hilfiger and Donna Karan, publisher and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes; the world No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic; novelist Martin Amis, as well as big names in the governmental arena such as the former President of Serbia Boris Tadic, the leading members of the first democratic Serbian government and Milorad Dodik, President of the Serbian entity of BIH. Moreover, Ms. Pavlovic has exclusively covered the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, London Film Festival, Madrid Fashion Week, The Madrid Open, and a range of other international benefit and political events.