It is week 7 of #Smashthatceiling #womeninspiringwomen and this is week is double pleasure and double values for you my lovely readers as I have the pleasure of interviewing Ela Slutski & Galit Bauer the founders of Holiday-Sitters.com , an online babysitting platform, designed especially for expats and tourists travelling and living in European destinations. Parents can book a babysitter they can trust according to availability, time, and language and they can get to know babysitters through moderated online profiles, video interviews, and dedicated chat room. Isn't that a fab idea??
Ela and Galit add a more international & European dimension to the series :
Ela Slutski has business experience across Europe, the US, and Israel and gained her first professional experience in Israel after graduating from Tel Aviv University. Galit Bauer is a fellow human resources veteran, with over 15 years experience in selecting and placing the right people in the right organisation. She moved to Amsterdam from Tel Aviv 15 years ago, together with her husband Eilam and their Labrador, Meshi.
Enough with the intros, here they are:
1. When you were a child what was your dream job and why?
Ela: When I was a child I had a few dream jobs. I wanted to be a singer because I loved singing, and it seemed magical to be performing in front of a large audience. I also wanted to be a doctor at some point, in order to help people. All the doctors I met looked like very smart people!
Galit: My dream job was to be a teacher. I loved to stand in front of my imaginary class and talk, write stuff on the board and ask children questions. I could stay busy for many hours with this, and always wanted to be a teacher who meant something to her students.
2 - Can you tell me the time that you started to consider yourself successful?
Ela : I moved to Israel when I was 19 year old, on my own, and I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t speak Hebrew. I had nothing, really. When I went to study in Tel Aviv University, whilst fully supporting myself financially, I considered myself successful.
Galit: As a student when I worked in 3 different jobs and lived by myself in Tel Aviv, I managed to be independent and not ask for any money from my parents. This was such a great feeling.
3 - I’m sure like every business/business person you have faced adversity: how do you motivate yourself and force through the worst times?
Ela: I think one of the things that helps me to deal with difficult times is to talk about it with my business partner and with my family, be open about it, and ask for support and advice.
Galit : I am very optimistic person who trusts myself and my abilities, believing in hard work and commitment. I do a lot of sport, ask for hug from my 8 year-old son, and listen to Les Brown - my favourite motivational speaker. Of course I have my husband who reminds me how much he loves me and believes at me.
4 - What are the best things about your job?
Ela : The best thing about my job is to wake up in the morning with a smile!
Galit: The freedom to make the decisions, the responsibility for your own destiny, and the creation of something new and unique. I love to make people happy with the product, whilst working with the great and inspirational people around me. There’s a happiness that you don’t need to report to a useless manager, too.
5 - As Tony Robbins says, “Success leaves clues”: what are your daily/weekly habits?
Ela : I check my emails and messages in the morning and if there nothing really urgent that requires my immediate attention, I have moment with my kids and take them to school. It’s important for me to spend time with them, and it gives me energy. Afterwards I bike to work through the canals of Amsterdam. Even on a rainy day, I still feel privileged to be able to do that. Then it’s a regular day in the office with tasks, emails, and other things that need to be done.
Galit : Sport, breathing, Yoga, listening to Les Brown, talking on a weekly basis with our mentor, and every Friday evening investing time with my family - plus a winner mindset!
6 - What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
Ela : I think there’s no barrier to the female leadership. Rather, I think there are a lot of barriers to leadership in general. The most significant one is to manage to stay a decent person.
Galit: Sometimes it’s us women who do not believe that a female can lead - this is the most significant barrier to us. We have the self-doubt and unfortunately it’s also supported by society.
7 - What women inspire you and why?
Ela : I admire single mothers, I think it’s extremely hard job - rewarding but hard. It requires so much from the person and if you look at the “job requirements” these are the skills you need in order to be successful in everything
Galit: Women who don’t “ask is it OK?”. Women who dare to say what they WANT and feel free to be STRONG.
8 - What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
Ela: Not to worry about what other people think and say, stay true to yourself and do not be afraid to dream, because they are come true if you really want them to.
Galit: Travel all the time and travel the world as long as you can.
9 - Your instant mindfulness fix…
Ela: Go outside for a few minutes if weather allows, or just take a moment and dive into my own world.
Galit: No other choice but to WIN continue dreaming and visualize the success.
10 - And finally something frivolous: best thing about being a woman…
Ela: Everything really; motherhood, being super emotional about my kids, be unconditionally in love, to know how to love, being a family, starting a business, having a girls night out, and having more than 3 pairs of shoes and being able to love each and every one equally! There’s much more, of course!
Galit: Accepting NO it is not an option, the ability to do few things together at the same time, and the last and the most amazing is for your child say to you “I love you Mama.”
Top Takeawyas from Ela & Galit
- In difficult times be open about it – ask for support and advice.
- Talk to your Mentor on a regular basis & invest time with your family
- Trust yourself and your abilities
- Don’t worry what other people think: stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid to dream big
- Visualize your dreams
Great insights from Ela and Galit #TheWomanAlchemist