Picture courtesy of YVONNE RIESER - Mother, Attorney, and Entrepreneur
Dr. Yvonne Rieser is an Austrian lawyer and Colombian attorney. She is a founding partner of the law firm BBR Rieser Alvarez Abogados, based in Bogota with an office in Santa Marta and President of Chirimoya Colombia.
Since July 2017, she has been the attorney of confidence of the Austrian Embassy in Colombia and director and board member of the Austrian cultural foundation in Colombia.
Before moving to Bogota in July 2015, she worked as an Associate at the Vienna office of the international law firm DLA Piper, in the EU Department of the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and in the International Law Office of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2012, she passed with distinction the service examination for civil servants of the General Administrative Service A1/v1 in legal service.
She has represented Austria in various EU Council working groups and was head of the Austrian delegation of the Council working group DAPIX (Data Protection and Exchange of Information) in Brussels.
She holds a PhD in law with honours.
1 – IF YOU COULD ONLY TWEET ONE PIECE OF ADVICE ON CAREERS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Let me first of all say, I do think career advice tends to be more about transactional, superficial subjects, like how to write a resume, or how to handle a job interview. Perhaps because this is what we discussed for the book, that remains on my mind. Consequently, I would probably say “Don’t be afraid of change and reinvention. It can be scary to choose between the certainty of a well-paid job versus something less tangible. My advice will always be don’t suffer an unfulfilling existence for lack of an alternative…trust me…it is there waiting for you.” If I have enough characters left, I’d add “And most of all, don’t be afraid of independence. Maybe you are a great employee but would make an even better entrepreneur.”
2 – WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO WORK WITH DRS SCHUSTER & OXLEY ON A CAREER CAROL?
I have known and worked with Helmut who has been my personal mentor for many years now. When he approached me to work on the book, I had no hesitation is saying yes. I knew the book would be a reflection of Helmut’s generous, thoughtful, and very wise personality. He is probably one of the people I’ve learnt the most from while building my own career. I met David through the interview processes. It was fun to share my career journey and think through how we might distill some lessons that others could benefit from. I do believe the book is well timed and fills a very important gap, talking about careers in a new context and for a very underserved audience.
3 – DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BOOK WHICH HAS HELPED YOU IN YOUR CAREER OR PERSONAL FULFILLMENT?
Yes. Actually, it’s three. My all-times favorite is a little booklet Helmut gifted me, “The Path of a Doer – a simple tale of how to get things done” by David Hieatt. Second, the Red Bull Story: the incredible success of Dietrich Mateschitz by Wolfgang Fürweger (German edition: Die Red Bull Story: Der unglaubliche Erfolg des Dietrich Mateschitz). And, well lastly, a book I hope that's inspiring to others is one I have written myself: Positive and present Parents: 10 steps to transition into a PPP (Spanish edition: Padres Positivos y Presentes: Manual de Transformación en 10 pasos para convertirte en un PPP (Spanish Edition), it’s intended to be an essential read for all new parents!
4 – WHO DO YOU FIND THE MOST INSPIRING PUBLIC FIGURE?
Dietrich Mateschitz, founder of Red Bull. He was an incredible visionary and a marketing genius. I admire the unshakable belief he seemed to hold.
5 – HOW DO YOU UNWIND AND RELAX?
Spending time with my little son and our dog Nala. Travelling to our favorite city Cartagena.
BONUS QUESTION 6 – IF YOU WERE GRANTED ONE PROFESSIONAL WISH…HOW WOULD YOU USE IT?
That whatever I choose professionally, whatever ventures I am intrigued by, will generate an adequate financial foundation for me. I think this is the major fear that keeps most people from starting a business and do what they truly love. I want to always be free to live a great life and pursue what I’m passionate about, without compromise.