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Véronique Forge-Karibian (MS 03), Talented Woman of ESCP!

07 April 2023
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With 'Talented Women of ESCP', we're shedding light on inspiring Alumna who are experts in their field. This month, meet Véronique Forge-Karibian (MS 03), Founder & CEO of Business O Féminin!

What is your area of expertise?

I started as a media woman with a background in television and the press. I hosted several programs on the Direct 8 channel, including "Femmes d'exception", a 26-minute daily with leading women such as Simone Veil and Christine Lagarde, as well as French and international directors, actresses and novelists. I then launched my own digital media, BusinessOFeminin.com, which is now an E-learning platform for all women, with audio and video content, over 2,000 articles, guides and practical resources on 3 key themes for women: Accelerating your career, developing your business and changing careers.

And what took you on this path?

As is very often the case, it was a matter of chance encounters, but also a realization that I had reached the end of my career in communications and marketing. I wanted to give a new meaning to my life, but I didn't yet know where to go. I was lucky enough to meet people who believed in me and allowed me to make my television debut, immediately putting me in charge of several programs as well as the international section of Direct Soir. This professional and human experience enabled me to reveal myself and acquire the confidence that is so crucial to moving forward in life.

 

What is your best memory at ESCP?

When I was younger, success was all about achieving goals: studies, a job etc... And in the end, nothing ever goes according to plan, and that's just as well - it's what makes life worth living! I've learned over time and through my commitments to women, through the Business O Féminin platform and the Business O Féminin awards, which have been rewarding female entrepreneurs since 2017, that what matters is one's contribution to the world. I think it's the greatest achievement to change a few lives through our actions.

To you, what does 'success' mean? 

When I was younger, success meant achieving goals: studies, a job, etc. In the end, nothing ever goes according to plan, and that's just great because it's what makes life worth living! I've learned over time, through my commitments to women, through the Business O Féminin platform and the Business O Féminin awards, which have been rewarding female entrepreneurs since 2017, that what matters is your contribution to the world. I think the greatest achievement is to change a few lives through our actions.

What advice would you like to give to those who read you and that you would have liked to receive when you were a student or at the start of your career?

"In your life, there's a common thread, encounters you're going to make that will take on their full meaning later on, follow your path and you'll find your way." The most important thing in life is to be open, to get out of your comfort zone, be it professional or relational, to never let yourself be locked into a status, a function, a life. Finally, it means continuing to learn, to be curious, to grow personally and intellectually. For me, that's what success in life is all about. 



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