How do you balance your professional and personal life?
I don't know if my professional and private life are balanced. I think the secret lies in not considering them as two different sides of the same scale. Balancing is about life as a whole, which is often not about balance but about movement, or at least that is how I experience it.
I recharge my batteries with the love of my family, hugging my children and playing with them, singing their songs, watching their films, reading them books, inventing stories and characters that amuse them enormously. I'm a very affectionate mum... in some people's opinion maybe even too much... but they are small now, so I seize the moment!
What do you like to do to relax after a hard day at the office?
When I'm not at work, I'm with my family, which for me is already perfect.
Proust said that travelling is not about having new destinations, but about having a new outlook.
My family allows me to have a new perspective and makes me feel good.
Is there anybody you personally admire or are inspired by? Why?
I have had the good fortune of working with people of great personal and professional depth and to meet others who have mostly absorbed a lot of energy. I remember most fondly the former, the colleagues and bosses who inspired me and enriched my cultural and professional background.
It is very important to have good teachers, and I believe that the head of an office who coordinates other people should make it their mission to develop the talent of their team, letting them express themselves freely. As I always say... "everyone is entitled to have a good boss!".
How would your friends describe you?
I think they would say that I am not easy to approach, that I have great energy, but that I’m a reserved person.
After the first impression, however, they would change their minds, because I am a person whom they can trust wholeheartedly, who listens and sympathises in difficult moments, who can still laugh and have fun like a child in happy moments.
Finally, they would say that I am an honest and straightforward person, able to face uncomfortable positions in any context, who gets very angry at what she perceives as an injustice... a person with whom it is sometimes not easy to deal, but it can be worth it.
What was the last book or film you loved? And why?
I recently read "WE should all be feminists", after Angela Merkel's endorsement of this issue, which is so important for the socio-economic development of the future. I found this sensitivity of hers an innovative way of spreading culture.
I believe we need to carry this message forward with energy and courage. Family, school, society, as well as art and entertainment are perfect vehicles to activate a cultural change, with particular attention to children who have the right to grow up without hatred and prejudice, even in a society that, inevitably, has many of its historical roots on patriarchal principles.
The film that struck me recently was Disney's 'Cruella'. Wonderful acting by the two co-stars and enormous entrepreneurial and managerial courage to rewrite a story - the Charge of 101 - which is now perhaps worn out, with great conviction and considerable investment. This struck me, and I think it's part of Disney's corporate culture.
If I think about it, the film and the book have a common thread that links them. In the film there are two figures who overcome the difference between black and white. The film proposes a new vision and perception of balance in many aspects, including gender, which it presents with the grace and intelligence of the two "Emma's" and Disney. Truly enlightening!