"The most important thing is to take care of yourself. You must have energy, be optimistic, positive and resilient, because more often than not, your team will look to you for support and direction. What people want to see is someone they can trust and have confidence in, therefore self-care is above all a necessary requirement. The more senior you get, the more you need to take care of yourself. I wish I had realized this earlier!”
These were some of the inspiring words shared by our member Ariane Gorin, President of Expedia Partner Solutions, who kindly hosted our ‘Expedia Afterwork in London’, on the 21st of February 2019 and introduced WIL to the Expedia community!
Picture: Ariane Gorin (left) in conversation with Thaima Samman (right).
In addition to the networking session, the participants had the pleasure hearing Ariane’s testimonial in conversation with our President, Thaima Samman.
Ariane was amongst the first participants of the inaugural Women Talent Pool program in 2012, and today, as one of three women on Expedia Group’s executive leadership team, she is an inspiring example for her career choices, challenges and successes!
”WIL’s Talent Pool Program was a turning point for me. I was given the opportunity to open my horizons which later helped me step out of my comfort zone! WIL was a nice starting point in uncovering opportunities beyond my immediate professional environment.”
“I have blazed my own trail as a mother, daughter, sister and spouse, because inevitably, they are all intertwined and related – and I aspire to help others to do the same.”
Thanks to our host, Expedia Group, the evening was a great occasion to come together, not only with our members, our talent pool participants, and guests from Expedia, but also with two other women’s networks: Osborne Clarke’s ‘OC Women’ community and the Pink Shoe Club.
Left picture: (from left to right) Maggie Semple OBE and Helene Martin Gee. Right picture (from left to right): Enrica Acuto Jacobacci, Emanuela Palazzani and Alessia Gasponi.
Thank you to the speakers and participants, and to Expedia Group for hosting the event!