Franca Vallinoti - Beaute

Please tell us your background?

I have a 22-year career in the IT Services industry with multi-cultural experience across many geographies having worked in South Africa, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, United States, and New Zealand. I have successfully led technical, financial, and
business teams in pursuit of multi-million-dollar deals, and my experience ranges across industry; most time spent in Financial Services, Government, and Communications industries. I am now running the day-to-day operations of a beauty business.

What has been your career path?

After coming back from my overseas experience, I started working immediately while studying through Open University (distance study). I had no experience so had to start right at the bottom of the food chain, and everything I know today was learned on the job through hard work and motivation to succeed. My career was built on passion. I will always be grateful for the many opportunities I have had in my life, but know this, every opportunity I earned myself.

What drives you?

I am driven by how people feel when they leave my presence.

Do you have some advice for young women launching their careers?

Women don't need to be a victim of their circumstance. Fight for what you believe in a kind, honest and respectful manner and work hard. Once you have paid your dues you will earn your place at the table. Remember, the world doesn't owe you anything.

What does International Women's Day mean to you?

Everyday, women should look how they can change what the future looks like by to creating equal opportunities for everyone. We should be advocates for the right person for the job, with the right experience, regardless of race, age, or sex. Women should not be
held back or be defined by past inequalities or injustices, and more importantly we should be continue to help, encourage and empower everyone around us. Only then will we have balance in the world.

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