“Tips to the Top”, a new podcast series produced by LVMH, presents the inspiring career itineraries of twelve women from the Group’s Maisons. They talk about their professional growth and key moments in their successful careers. The first eleven episodes of “ Tips to the Top” are now available on Spotify, Deezer, Ausha, Podcast Addict and Apple Podcasts. Don’t miss these compelling profiles of women who contribute each day to excellence across the LVMH Group.
Some 73% of LVMH employees are women, and the Group is proud to spotlight some of them in the “Tips to the Top” podcast series, inviting feminine talents to share decisive moments in their careers. Reflecting LVMH’s vast diversity of Maisons, métiers and geographies, “Tips to the Top” is a multi-facetted story of commitment told from the perspective of inspiring women.
In the first “Tips to the Top” episode, Charlotte Toubeau, Assistant Head Pastry Chef at La Grande Epicerie de Paris, recalls how her experience in Kuwait proved a turning point in her career. In episode two, Karen Williams, Global Academy & Education Director at Make Up For Ever, explains how meeting other professionals made her the manager she is today. And Joyce Weng, UK Managing Director for Bvlgari, recounts one of her most sparkling accomplishments with the Roman jeweler, establishing the Maison in China.
The fourth chapter gives listeners a chance to discover the story of Mathilde Christiansen, Head of Menswear at Kenzo, who talks about her journey from her native Denmark to London, where she studied fashion before heading for Paris to embark on a successful career. Next is Florence Pennec, who recalls the day when she decided to leave her career as a chartered accountant to become Eaux-de-vie Production Director at Hennessy. Valérie Dubois, Louis Vuitton Manufacturing Director for France, remembers in episode 6 the first time she saw one of the Maison’s bags being made, sparking a life-long vocation.
The seventh “Tips to the Top” episode tells the story of Luciana Farina, International e-commerce Director for Christian Dior Couture. While the fashion industry once seemed a long way from her native village near Milan, she recounts how a career in marketing opened doors and led to her joining the celebrated couture house.
The eighth episode in the series is a portrait of Séraphine Dhellemmes, ambassador of the LVMH Métiers d’Art program. After her degree in engineering she joined the LVMH cosmetics research center and then became development coordinator for the tanneries that work with the Group’s Maisons. Séraphine Dhellemmes explains how her career itinerary has proved tremendously fulfilling.
The ninth episode in the Tips to the Top series spotlights Dominique Giovine, Vice-President, General Manager Mid-South USA for Moët Hennessy. At one point, facing seemingly insurmountable difficulties in the Georgia market, Dominique actually thought about resigning. Thanks to her tenacity, however, she not only overcame the business obstacles, but also triggered fresh momentum in her career.
It is the turn of Masumi Suzuki, Head of Sales for RIMOWA in Japan, to revisit her professional journey, which started with studies in the US and continued for several years in the fine jewelry and watchmaking sector. She joined RIMOWA in 2016 when the German House decided to establish a base in Japan. Masumi Suzuki, who now heads up a 150-strong team, looks back at the challenge of opening the RIMOWA flagship in Ginza, Tokyo, which she sees as one of the defining moments of her career, since it taught her to recognize her own achievements in order to assert herself more effectively in the workplace.
Helen Zhou, General Manager of Guerlain in China, shares a passionate account of her meeting with the first woman leader to profoundly inspire her. After graduating from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, she first worked at Sephora before taking up her current position as General Manager Guerlain China. During her job interview with her future manager at Sephora she met a woman who inspired her model for achieving success. It was at that moment, Helen Zhou says, that she became aware that she could affirm her own personality and remain true to herself as a manager without trying to follow the management template of male leaders.