Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
I'm Katherine Gansallo, European Head of Talent Management and the Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead for an insurance company based in the UK. I am also the CEO of Katherine Gansallo consulting, a coaching and consulting business which focuses on empowering and equipping millennial's with the necessary tools and techniques they need to advance in their careers.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it!
- a) what I do;
I'd say my 9 to 5 and my consulting business some what overlap one another. I spend the majority of my time ensuring that the talent at work is managed properly. I do this by creating a high performing and inclusive environment that thrives, using the strengths of our employees and all that they bring to the table. In my business, I help my clients with career advice, salary negotiation and interview prep. I define, re-define and help them to achieve their professional objectives and other work related goals that they may have. I encourage individuals to insert themselves as assets in their work place.
- b) why I do it;
My career journey has been anything but straightforward and nothing like I had expected. So haven spoken to 100s of recruiters and worked with several hiring managers I was opportuned to see what goes on behind the scenes and I now understand what is expected of a good CV, a good interviewee, a good employee and the list goes on and on and I really wanted to share this information and knowledge with others.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
For me it’s all about the initial want and then going after that want and then achieving the want. I have been able to do some pretty amazing things just because I dared to believe and because of that I have moved on to do even bigger and better things, so much so that when I applied for my current position the job description said 10 years experience and I had 6! Yet here I am with the “head of” title, managing people, budgets and being responsible for countries but the icing on the cake and the biggest thing I have done that has really pushed me out of my comfort zone has been starting a business I was a firm believer that this was just something I could not do and now writing my first book, signing on my first client, going on to have my first 4 figure month salary - all these results from my courageous moves and has been nothing short of amazing.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
Whatever it is you want to do please don't let fear or doubt get in the way. Always believe that with determination and hard work you can achieve anything. You are only 16 once so make the best of it always.
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
Just do it, I know it’s hard but all the reasons why you can’t do it are in fact the reasons why you can do it. The unique things about you that make you question yourself are the very things that make you different and will propel you forward.The best thing about you is there is no other you, your story although it may have similarities to someone else’s, is not the same and that’s what makes it so special.
We are alive in a time when the world is truly our oyster the youngest billionaire is a 21 year old female! The time is RIGHT NOW.