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About Mireille Guiliano

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/14

Q. Previous occupations

A. CEO of Clicquot, Inc., PR for the Champagne Bureau in New York, UN translator-interpreter

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Frédéric Chopin

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. A balanced pursuit of joie de vivre

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. We don't work in a vacuum. Our work is part of the rest of our lives

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. More talent for and skill at performing music—as in singing and playing the piano.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Impatience

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Affinity for conviviality and laughter

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Noise pollution

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Stage actress

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, integrity, humor

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Dark chocolate

On Books and Writing

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Little Prince

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Writers write and good writers edit then re-edit.

Q. How did you come to write Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire?

A. There is a relative paucity of books by women for women about business. And there is less help for women in terms of mentoring and shared experience from a seasoned, female business leader than the demand suggests. When I spoke at universities or at women’s conferences or simply at one-on-ones, there were a lot of women who wanted to know more about my professional life, were craving advice on both little and big business and personal issues, and who encouraged me to answer their request in a book. All of my books and writings are designed to help people, and I agreed that through a “holistic” book on women and work—from strategies for career advancement to principles for living a balanced work life—I could reach a broad audience and hopefully help some people. Et voilà. You spend a lifetime gaining knowledge and experience, sometimes the hard way, and then what do you do with it? I thought sharing it would be helpful to people at various stages of their professional and personal lives.

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