Guillermo Donadini, AIG

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What is your role?
Chief Investment Officer for APAC, EMEA & LATAM

Guillermo's Story
I studied Economics and was always passionate about investment markets.

The most important factors that got me here are:

Passion for what I do. Focus on value generation. Take career risks and speak my mind. Accept challenges. Recognize my own mistakes and forgive others. Respect people. Listen. Be curious. Being honest with myself.

What factors allow you to bring your full self to work? 
a. How does your environment make you feel involved and included?

Feeling I will not be judged for how I think and my peers listen to everybody’s views. Also feeling cared for.

b. Do you think there is improvement needed?  What are your ideas?
There is a long way still to go. Unfortunately our educational system doesn’t focus on learning self-awareness and personal growth. When we discover who we are (instead of who we “should be”), we then can connect with others at a higher level, instead of judging, and focus on what we want to accomplish together, rather than on our differences. Working proactively in Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and developing our inner side will facilitate feeling stronger in diversity and being more inclusive.

What was your first motivation to be involved with the LGBT+ community? How has this most positively influenced your experience?
My goal is to learn first-hand the difficulties that community members experience in order to have a happy life and achieve their potential in their professional life.

Do you have any advice for someone who isn't out at work yet?
Just take the chance (and the risk) to let people know who you are, as in most of the cases it will pay off with their trust, which is a key factor for all kinds of personal and professional interactions.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Have the courage to know yourself deeply, meet as many people as possible while staying true to your ideas, values nd feelings.

Work on what you are passionate about and do not keep silent about anything you want to say. Trust in good people, avoid toxic ones.

Focus on what you do and what it means, rather than on what you have or how much you make.

Can you describe the moment you realised you were a role model?
When one of my university students invited me to give him his diploma when he graduated as an economist.

What do you do on a day to day basis to be a positive role model?
Listening with attention and empathy to the people, focusing on what we have in common about our differences.

Having a positive attitude about the future and transmitting optimism to others.
Not feeling offended by anything, ever.

Having the integrity and the courage to face reality.

What advice would you give to someone who wishes to be a good role model?
Trust yourself and live based on your beliefs and values.

What are you doing outside of your organisation to be a good role model?
I support a charity in Argentina which provides temporary homes for vulnerable girls.

Who is your most memorable role model and why?
My parents, as they taught me to live life with integrity and subject to their values.

How did you feel coming to your first Link event?
I am feeling really excited to have the opportunity to meet great people and learn from them a different prospective, stimulating a change in believes and opening for new opportunities.

How has the Link network helped you?
This is my first interaction with the network, so looking forward to answer this question extensively in the future.