The questionnaire answered by the Women of Tech is a variant of the Proust questionnaire, named not because Marcel Proust got lost in the Paris metro, but in memory of Emilie du Chatelet, a woman of letters, mathematician and physicist, renowned for her translation of Newton's Principia Mathematica and the dissemination of Leibniz's physics work. She was a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Bologna Institute. Emilie du Chatelet led a free and fulfilled life during the era of the Enlightenment and published a speech on happiness.
Why a career in tech?
I have a Cartesian and methodical spirit and a scientific sensibility.
Your professional experience?
After graduating as an agricultural engineer in 1999 (Agro-Paris Tech) , I had a short experience in collective catering and then moved into the fascinating world of the airline industry where I was able to exercise various trades. The first part of my career at Air France was oriented towards purchasing: first meal trays in international stopovers - which allowed me to discover many cultures, especially in Asia and on the American continent - then aeronautical projects such as the aircraft cabins management. Then, I became interested in safety and risk management. This has become the common thread of my following experiences: food safety and the conformity of products served on board planes, environmental risk management, personal safety, safety of stopover operations, and finally safety culture.
Your first experience with technology?
I participated in the Air France A380 cabin set-up project between 2004 and 2007, I coordinated the tripartite contracts for the purchase of aeronautical equipment between the aircraft manufacturer Airbus and the equipment manufacturers (seats, video system, galleys, avionics systems, etc.). An unforgettable experience !
What do you do today, and why?
For 2 years, I have been supporting a safety culture transformation program with a person-oriented approach and non-technical skills. In addition to this, I am completing a Master of Science at ESCP / ICSI on the Management of Risk Organizations. My thesis will be on security leadership.
Your strengths in this role?
My major asset for the success of this business project is my strength of conviction. I am been open to listening to others and like to work on complex and transversal themes.
Past challenges, failures and disappointments?
I have a taste for challenges, professional but also athletic, and I regularly set myself challenges to take up such as the tour of Mont Blanc for example. 3 years ago, I took guitar lessons with my son. I was initially very motivated, until one day the guitar teacher advised me to do separate lessons because my son was progressing much faster than me….
Best moments, successes you’re proud of?
On a personal level, I am proud to have succeeded in a few challenges: black belt in judo, parachute jump, half marathon and Tour du Mont Blanc ... My children, 2 boys aged 13 and 15 are also my greatest successes. Professionally, I am proud to have coordinated a large Company diagnosis of the Air France safety culture, collecting over 22,500 employees’ responses. This approach made it possible to build Air France's strategic vision for flight safety, a vision that I carry today as part of my duties.
People who helped, influenced -or made your life difficult?
I had the chance to work with Ivan Boissières, René Amalberti and Jean Pariès as part of the partnership with ICSI for the project that I am supporting. They are generous people with great expertise and great humility. I learn with them every day.
Your hopes and future challenges?
My goals in 2021 are to succeed in finalizing my thesis, doing a half-marathon and the Tour du Mont Blanc again. I also want to have a better balance between my professional and personal life, which will make me more efficient at work!
What do you do when you don’t work?
I take care of my teens, I hike and run. I also love to cook for my friends.
Your heroes -from History or fiction?
A saying or proverb you like in particular?
My philosophy in terms of safety culture and risk management is to always seek “just what is necessary” in decisions and arbitrations.
A book to take with you on a desert island?
The Complete Works of Arthur Rimbaud and possibly Gaston Bonnier's flora inventories.
A message to young female professionals?
If I should offer an advice to young women starting out in their careers, it would be to not set limits, no glass ceilings. Your resources and skills go far beyond your own perception.