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How to Lead Diverse Teams – Sebnem Avsar Tuna

Sebnem Avsar Tuna is the Senior Vice President at Novo Nordisk, a global pharmaceutical company and the world leader in treating diabetes. She is based in Dubai and runs the Asia Pacific region (APAC) – an extremely diverse territory.

On This Episode of When Women Win:

I talked to Sebnem about leading a culturally diverse team – and doing it remotely. Over the past 11 years, she has learnt to flex her leadership style because it is important to her that each employee feels valued and respected. Sebnem emphasized the need to “hold space” for others, especially in meetings… yes, zoom meetings! We also talked about the importance of leading by example, how to handle disappointments that inevitably arise while doing business, and how to shift your work energy towards what really matters. Based on her experience, Sebnem encouraged us to do business with a positive attitude.

Notable Quotes:
  • “Lead by example.”
  • “If you really want to target a higher position, continuously ask for feedback.”
Book Recommendations:

Sebnem recommends reading The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, one of my recent guests. Check out Elif’s episode while you’re at it!

Talking Points in This Episode:
  • How to be decisive
  • Opportunities for growth and learning
  • Managing remotely
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Awareness of your team

You can learn more about Sebnem by connecting with her on LinkedIn.

Please get in touch with me at When Women Win and let me know what you think of this episode or the show in general. You can reach me via InstagramLinkedIn – or the web contact form. Thank you!


Silvia Davila: How to Evolve Your Leadership & Confidence

Silvia Davila is the Regional President of Latin America for Danone Dairy & Plant-Based, one of the biggest food companies in the world. They own brands like Activia, Silk, Alpro and many more… Next time you see a Danone yoghurt in your supermarket, think of Silvia!

She started her career at McDonald’s in Mexico before joining Procter & Gamble’s Marketing department. In 2004, she joined Mars Mexico where she rose to General Manager for the Chocolates division and General Manager for the Pet division. In 2014, she became the Food Chief Marketing Officer of Mars globally, based in Belgium. In 2017, she returned to Mexico to join Danone.

We talked about the dance that we do at work every day – having fun and also taking difficult decisions; being a committed professional while also being a full-time mom, wife and daughter. We discussed the challenges that one faces in the workplace and how they change over time. We talked about networking, confidence, picking your battles and not settling for the status quo.

Silvia’s book recommendation was The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, and if you’d like to reach her, you can find Silvia Davila on LinkedIn.

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