10 Minutes With: Nanny & Butler CEO, Paola Diana
Learn what it takes to make it to the top as we put international entrepreneur and women’s rights advocate, Paola Diana, through her paces.
30 Second CV
Name: Paola Diana
Location: Rome and London
Current Title/Company: CEO of Nanny & Butler
Educational Background: BA in Political Science and MA in Communications
The Real Deal
Brief overview of what you do:
I’m the CEO of a company called Nanny & Butler, an international bespoke search consultancy providing carefully matched staff in the childcare and household sector to royal families, dignitaries, UHNW individuals, HNW individuals, celebrities and organisations worldwide. I take care of everything – from the company strategy and funding, to dealing with high level relationships and partner connections, to managing our two offices based in Rome (near the beautiful Piazza Navona) and London (Kensington). I’m also the President of an association promoting equal opportunities and I’m involved in welfare and campaigning for female empowerment through legislation.
Can you describe your job in 3-5 words?
Challenging, dynamic, inspiring
Do you have a weekday morning routine?
I usually wake up at 6.30am, and after a double espresso and a croissant on my terrace I read three newspapers and then check my emails and Twitter. I have breakfast with my kids and usually get to the office around 9/10.00am depending on if I have a gym session at home.
What does a typical day at your desk look like?
I don’t really have a ‘typical’ day as every day is different. I have my social interests and then several different meetings and lunches, not to mention my travel.
What’s been the best moment of your career so far?
Setting up our new office in London. I love to create jobs and hire intelligent men and women, allowing them to join our company teams.
Your job – the good, the bad, the ugly:
The good is the flexibility and autonomy that running my own business affords me, the vision and the strategy that I can let became reality. I have many projects for the future as I’m never satisfied and this keeps me alive and energetic. The bad and the ugly don’t exist.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Never let someone destroy your dreams.
Who are your role models?
My role models are all the dreamers who fight for a better world, without collapsing under the blows of those who want to stop them: Aung San Suu Kyi, Martin Luther King, Emmeline Pankhurst, Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln are some of the titans.
How do you relax and recharge?
Switching off my iPhone, going to the cinema or the theatre, and having a glass of wine with my friends.
What’s the last book you read?
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. An amazing book, one of the best I’ve ever read.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Conqueror by Estelle.
What’s your favorite way to treat yourself?
Having an oriental massage, including face, head and other treatments, locked in a luxurious day spa.
What would you take to a desert island?
What social or political issues matter most to you?
I consider myself a glass ceiling cracker and I’m always involved in political and social issues concerning the empowerment of women in Italy and worldwide. We still have so much to do, that’s why I consider it as a mission. I’ve had a lot from life and feel it is my turn to give back to other women who are discriminated, poor or victims of unfair cultures and societies.
If you could have lunch with any woman in the world, who would it be (and what would you order)?
Hillary Clinton and I would order a double whisky.
Paola Diana is Founder and CEO of Nanny & Butler, an international bespoke search consultancy providing carefully matched staff in the childcare and household sector.