Meet your role models and learn from their stories
By Natalia Yurevich
Elisabeth Dancet is a Talent Management consultant from Paris. She specializes in professional women coaching. Recently, Elisabeth made a major career change: She got involved in Animal Protection and became the director of a web documentary “Remarkable Women” about women who devoted their lives to helping endangered animals.
In the interview with Madame Success Elisabeth explained why she decided to share the stories of women who work with animals. We discussed her documentary project, what recommendations she gives to women as a coach, and how each of us can easily help to protect the environment in less than 10 seconds.
By Olga Fromentin
Magda Danysz is the founder and owner of the contemporary art gallery Magda Danysz Gallery in the heart of the Marais neighborhood in Paris and in the center of Shanghai. Her gallery is recognized as one of the most dynamic galleries on the international contemporary art scene. She worked with globally known artists, such as Obey, JR, Miss Van, VHILS among others. In the interview to MadameSuccess.com, Magda talked about the easy and difficult aspects of running a gallery, her work and life between France and China, the role of women artists in the contemporary art world, and why it is impossible to be available 24 hours a day.
Several years ago, Maria Smirnova was one of the senior ﬁnancial specialists at General Electric and could hardly imagine that she would become the founder and director of three international Montessori schools near Paris. In the interview for Madame Success, Maria told us about the process of starting a school from idea to launch, shared insights about how to help every child ﬁnd success in maths, and what it takes to do what you love.
Amy Vatanakul is bringing life to big movies. A senior pre-visualization artist currently at Proof, Inc, has worked on visual effects for films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, and some other exciting productions.
Amy and I met for this interview at Aroma Coffee and Tea, a cozy cafe near Hollywood Hills and the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, L.A. to talk about her career in Visual Effects, what it is like to work in a male dominated industry, and about her biggest passion – traveling around the world.
Kristy Arbon is the founder and CEO at HeartWorks, an online learning portal of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. As a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, she leads intensives and workshops around the world, coordinates online training programs and supports new teachers’ education at HeartWorks and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion in San Diego, California. Kristy attempted her first meditation 25 years ago. She spent the past five years exploring Mindful Self-Compassion practices and helping people to learn to be more empathetic towards themselves. Her guided meditations are downloaded thousands of times and her online classes are followed by people from all over the world.
In our conversation, Kristy provides some gems how to nurture our spirituality. She gives an inside look at how she practices and how she teaches her followers to embrace mindfulness, self-compassion, and kindness in their lives.
By Elena Lysak
Assia Benziane is Deputy Mayor for women’s rights and equality of the Eastern Parisian suburb Fontenay-sous-Bois. At the age of 17, she became the founder of several schools for women in Algeria. Today, this radiantly positive 26-year-old woman is actively involved in local politics. She is the elected member of the Municipal Council; she also runs her own association in France. Assia talks to us about her mission to promote equal rights and opportunities for all women and girls and she sheds light on how to live life with no regrets.
By Olga FROMENTIN
Chiara Condi is founder and president of Led by HER association, created in 2014 in Paris. The purpose of this organization is to help women who have suffered from violence rebuild their lives through entrepreneurship. Led by HER is currently a unique program in this area in France.
Chiara is a young, dynamic Italian, who grew up in an Italian-American family. This alumnus of Harvard, Sciences Po, and LSE is an everyday changemaker in the field of female business and entrepreneurship. Chiara tells us why helping vulnerable women is an important mission in her life, how she started, and why it is important to better understand yourself and use your strengths and talents to move forward.
By Natalia YUREVICH
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wears lip gloss. She likes girly skirts and high heels. She does not hate men, and yet she talks feminism. Very beautifully, witty and rousingly. In her book “We Should All Be Feminists,” this Nigerian writer, who divides her time between the United States and Nigeria, invites us to dream and start creating a fairer world, a world of happier men and happier women through the medium of feminism.
“By Elena LYSAK
Marine Baron became known in France for her book “The Lieutenant” based on her 2 years army experience. Marine was serving in the French Marine Corps and was unpleasantly surprised by the attitude towards women in the military. She resigned and a few months later published her first autobiographical book “The Lieutenant. What It’s Like To Be A Woman In The French Army“. Marine is an active woman of many interests. She is currently writing her third book. Besides, she is working on her thesis in philosophy. She also practices martial arts and plays the cello. Marine is talking to us about the paradoxes of liberty that often go together with rules and restrictions.
By Elena LYSAK
arie de La Ville Baugé is a contemporary French photographer and artist living in Moscow for the last 10 years. She grew up in an artistic family in France, worked on humanitarian missions in Cambodia, Sudan and Russia. This mother of four is working on art and cultural projects. She often travels across Russia and other countries. Her life is a story of freedom of mind told by an exceptional woman.
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