Rising Talents Dare to Dream: 10 Tips to Rise to the Top

At the Women’s Forum, a global search has been done for the 2011 Rising Talents, highly talented women under 40 from a variety of different backgrounds with the potential to become influential figures in our economies and societies in the future. Here they are:

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Muna Abusulayman, 38, Saudi, Secretary General, Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation
Claire Boonstra, 36, Dutch, Co-Founder, Layar
Bel Coelho, 32, Brazilian, Chef, Dui Restaurant
Daniela Nascimento Fainberg, 37, Brazilian, Founder and Director, Instituto Geração
Noelia Fernandez, 38, Spanish, Head of Audience & Content, Yahoo! Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)
Jennifer Hill, 36, Senior Associate, Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP
Ornella Indonie, 39, Haitian, Senior Managing Director Latin America, Apple, Inc.
Elsie Kanza, 35, Tanzanian, Personal Assistant to the President, Government of Tanzania
Clotilde L’Angevin, 33, French, Secretary General of the Paris Club and Head of the “international debt” division, French Treasury, at the French Ministry of Finance
Claire Leigh, 30, British, Governance Advisor, The Africa Governance Initiative
Cindy Lin, 39, Taiwanese, Senior Director New Business Development, PepsiCo China
Courtney E. Martin, 31, American, Author/Speaker/Blogger
Suchi Mukherjee, 38, Indian, Managing Director and General Manager, www.gumtree.com, an eBay Inc. Co
Jessy Tolkan, 30, American, Executive Director, Citizen Engagement Lab
Leila Cristina Velez, 37, Brazilian, CEO, Beleza Natural
Camille de Verdelhan, 33, French, Chief Financial Officer, Casino France, Groupe Casino

You have to dare to dream

The Next Women met up with them and talked about their ambitions and aspirations. Rising talents know what they want, they breed one-liners in life, such as:

"You have to dare to dream", says Suchi Mukherjee, who will start a new venture in India after a corporate carreer with Lehman Brothers, Skype, and GumTree and eBay.

"The whole world runs on relationships", says another Rising Talent.

"I used to plan, I used to communicate my plans, get allies and sponsors for them, and I always ended up at a better place than the plan",

says Cindy Lin, 39, Taiwanese, Senior Director New Business Development, PepsiCo China.

"I still plan, I plan for every 5 years, when I am 45 I want to have my PhD, when I am 50 i want to teach. you have to focus, my father always says", according to Muna Abusulayman, 38, Saudi, Secretary General, Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, who now wants to move into a technology venture after her fashion startup failed due to the financial crisis.

"There is no linear path to succeed, as long as you are happy with failure, and you get in and out of your comfort zone, I know I am on the right path", says Jennifer Hill, 36, Senior Associate, Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP.

"Inside of us everybody knows that she can do everything what she wants, that is an enormous power",

says another Rising Talent, and Claire Boonstra, 36, Dutch, Co-Founder, Layar adds: " Failure helps to do a reset."

"As long as you are aware of your blind spot, you can tackle everything", says Suchi Mukherjee "and you amplify what you are good at, then you have the ingredients to succeed.

What is driving the Ambitions?

Most of the rising talents are driven by a sense of purpose, by a sense of changing the world, leaving a legacy and driven by influencing people and countries. It's a noble purpose and it is typical for the generaton-Y, however, some of these talents are more Generation-X but they believe that Generation -X will soon become like Generation Y.

Leaving the Corporate World

"I am one the people who was in corporate, getting better and better and then leaves to build themselves a company. I have made large business work at skype, EBay, but the opening up of the Indian Market gives me the opportunity to start a new venture", says Suchi Mukherjee. She adds:

You are either an adviser or a doer.

"I felt strangled in the corporate world, says Clare Boonstra. "Now I can build a technology giant and I feel again like I am standing on a wave board. But I am struggling with my ego, I am at the cross roads of getting more advice how to proceed with my success, how to deliver on the promise I am."

"I am staying in corporate life because I feel free to leave when I can, they need me more, than I need them. I have a sense of freedom in my mind, which you need to be able to cope with corporate culture, says Cindy Lin.

Talking to the Rising Talents, I made a list of tips that they displayed in their discussions: here they are:

What do you need to succeed?

  1. Determination
  2. Support Group
  3. Some Talent
  4. Planning
  5. Knowldege of Comfort Zone
  6. Sense of Freedom
  7. Pioneering Drive
  8. Need to Push the Boundaries
  9. Sense of Purpose
  10. Awareness of your Blind Spot

Let me know what is on your list?

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