Meet: Dr. Mirella De Civita
How long since founding/running your business? Papillion MDC in 2010 & Grand Heron International (GHI) in 2015
Mission of your firms: Being great coaches/insightful psychologists by practicing mindfulness and effectiveness
Why the entrepreneurial path? I never saw myself as an entrepreneur in the way we consider it in the business world. I now realize that my time in academia served as the perfect training ground for entrepreneurship.
Lesson(s) learned? 1) I learned the importance of driving profits. When your company is doing well, it buys you time. Time allows you to make good decisions. And, making better decisions benefits everyone around you. 2) I learned not to look at what my competitors are doing, but to think “blue ocean”.
Advice? 1) Be kind. 2) Give your business a sense of purpose; the "why" of your business. 3) You are enough.
Fun/interesting fact about you within your industry/career? I graduated from hairdressing school and was on my way to pursue a career in theatre and cinema. But, my plans were halted when tragedy struck my family. I decided to stay in Montreal and to go back to school. In 2002, I earned a PhD. in Psychology, graduating on the Dean’s List and my thesis, which dealt with poverty, was ranked among the top 5% of the Arts & Science Faculty.
Anything else you’d like to add? Today, I bring all of this knowledge and experience in how I lead and serve people as well as engage in the creative process that results in new business lines.
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