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both my family and my work, so it is challenging to divide
my time and effort equally between them. It is difficult
not being able to spend a lot of time with my children and
husband whenever I have to put my job in first place.
Fortunately, my husband is very helpful: it is much easier to
maintain the balance with him in my corner and with the
support he offers. I also live by the rule that weekends are
only for family and try to make this time with my children
count as much as possible. We always plan activities together:
going to the pool, the cinema, or one-day trips out of the
city. I am able not only to achieve success at work, but I am
also a successful woman in the eyes of my children.
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
I was very lucky to find a line of work that would also
become my passion. Nevertheless, if I had to choose a
different profession, I would probably have become an
investment banker since I have always enjoyed working on
different transactions. I like challenges, as well as taking on
complex and interesting cases since they provide much more
satisfaction when the deal finally comes through.
“I was very lucky to find a line of work
that would also become my passion.”
Company: Hogan Lovells (Warszawa)
Job title: Managing partner, legal advisor
2005: Managing partner, Hogan Lovells (Warszawa)
2000: Partner, Hogan Lovells (Warszawa)
1997: Partner, international law firm
1995: Senior associate, Polish law firm
1991: Director, insurance department, Ministry of Finance
1990: Deputy director, department for banking systems
and financial institutions, Ministry of Finance
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I had just finished my law degree and decided to work for the
Polish Ministry of Finance. That is where I learnt all the basics,
and started my career in the insurance business. Not long after
I became the director of the insurance department and started
acting as the Polish representative at the OECD and EU.
It was incredibly exciting to be one of the people responsible
for designing the Polish insurance market. This felt like a
natural choice for me, as well as a wonderful opportunity
for my personal development to further advance in the
direction of the insurance industry. For this reason, all my
future career choices were focused on positions connected to
matters related to insurance and financial institutions.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
As well as being a drafter in the Insurance Activity Act, and
building insurance supervision, I was awarded the Knight’s
Cross of Polish Rebirth (Polonia Restituta) by the then
president of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, but the greatest
highlight of my career has been my three children.
Being a parent is definitely a challenge, especially for a working
mother. It was not an easy task to work and raise my children.
Having them teaches me how to love unconditionally and
appreciate family values, and I am able to pass on to them
my knowledge, values, and passion. My children give me the
possibility of becoming a proud and happy mother.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
Balancing my personal and work lives. I feel committed to
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