Interview with Claudia Parzani, Western Europe Regional managing partner of Linklaters
Western Europe Regional managing partner of Linklaters
What is the best thing of your current job?
I think that the best thing is the interaction with people from different countries and different cultures. The possibility to exchange ideas and experiences is always stimulating and rouses curiosity and creativity in my day-to-day professional activity. And I always learn a lot. It’s fantastic!
What was your first job?
I have always been passionate about relationships with people and during my university studies I worked in public relations for different entities. However, I have always loved every small job that I did, from each one I learned something. The secret was “listening to”.
As a kid, what was your dream job?
I always wanted to become a lawyer. My mother still remembers that time when during a lunch with friends and relatives I said that I wanted to be the just lawyer for the weak people. I became a finance lawyer but I developed a deep interest in many causes, the dearest to me, the diversity, to leave to my three daughters, to my friends’ daughters, to the girls of my country a better world, a world full of opportunities where meritocracy is the rule and the appointment of a woman is not news.
Did you set yourself a professional path to follow?
Maybe I did not. I have always chosen as things happened, this does not mean that I was not ambitious but I have always chosen what made me well, I have had a career less straightforward than others but I have always gone to work with pleasure, with a smile, sure that I was going to the right place. And then I have always done everything possible in order to have fun where I was and with what I was doing.
Did you have a role model growing up?
I don’t believe so. Many people fascinated me, from everyone I have learnt something, an idea, a suggestion, a thing to not be done or to not be done in that way. I have always thought that I did not want to do things as all always do, I strove to look at things from a different angle, in a new light…..but certainly I did not invent anything, the people I met have always left a little of themselves with me.
What is the best piece of advice you were given?
To respect others and to ask for respect always. To be also brave for others; to you I would like to leave something that I have always told to my daughters, to be added to the bravery and to the respect: be “clear” givers, give without asking anything in return, act generously. I strongly believe that helping others drives our success.
Who inspires you now?
Always the same rule. I learn from the people I meet.
What would you tell a girl who doesn’t know what to do in the future?
Follow your heart and your passion. The world changes quickly, I have not the conceit to know what the jobs will be in 10 years but I am sure that who loves what he/she does has a different light and that light will be palpable.
Reaching a position where you have the power to do what you believe, with love, consistency and to wake up in the morning hoping to make the world a little better.
What do you think is necessary to be able to say you have succeeded?
Having always followed your own dreams and having realized a great many of them.