My bio for your intro

Lucia is known as the voice of transformation of the European Union via “new culture” leadership and women empowerment. She is a European policy-maker, podcast host, founder of several women networks, and a career coach of young leaders aiming to get inwards and upwards on the European leadership ladder. During seven years of her career at the European Commission, one of the main institutions of the European Union, her responsibilities ranged from managing preparations of the European businesses for Brexit, to rolling out gender equality in all EU policies. Her reputation of a creative intrapreneur passionate about world-class transformation gets her invited to shape projects for modernising the corporate culture.

She is convinced that the WHAT of European policy solutions is not going to succeed unless we profoundly shift the HOW of policy design and communication. That is why every year of her career, she takes on an experiment disrupting the operation and perception of the European public service. This includes running as a candidate in the 2019 European Parliament elections or launching a podcast Lights on Europe – an opportunity for you to discover the ‘human story behind the story’ of Brussels. In her free time, she is also a mentor and a career coach, having supported hundreds of young talents across the EU in their decision whether and how to enter the EU’s public service.

Lucia specialises in ‘technology of transformation’ – innovation policies (having worked e.g. on policies for sharing economy in tourism, digital public procurement or data4policy) as well as personal development and education policies (focusing mainly on responsiveness of education systems to labour market trends).

She has degrees in international relations (University of Economics in Bratislava), public management and governance (London School of Economics) and IT management (Solvay business school). 

Born in Czechoslovakia and raised during post-communist transformation, she is particularly sensitive to values in politics, equal access to opportunities and attracting the best talent into the public service.

Suggested questions for interviews

  1. You say that the European Union needs to transform top-down with a “new culture” leadership. What is it?
  2. You state that feminine values are part of it. One of your biggest passions is empowering women in unleashing their truly authentic voice. Are we not done with this race yet?
  3. What made you join the civil service? You used to have a very entrepreneurial career in digital innovation; Slovakia used to know you as a voice for education reform. And then you left the country.
  4. How can somebody entrepreneurial and creative like you flourish inside of a bureaucratic administration? 
  5. You’ve been quoted for supposedly turning the most boring job ever into the greatest blessing. You don’t honestly believe it, do you?
  6. What prompted you to run in the 2019 European elections? Aren’t public servants supposed to be apolitical? 
  7. Were you afraid to come back to work after the electoral failure?
  8. Your podcast Lights on Europe is another one of your passion projects contributing to increase trust of general public into the EU. How is it going?
  9. Can you provide examples of the most interesting episodes that listeners can go look up on your website?
  10. You’re known to support change makers to get in, move up and be happy in public sector careers. Is it true people can reach out to you for support?
  11. It’s rare to meet such pioneers disrupting the public service. What is your message for those who are inspired by your example?
  12. Your drive is contagious. Where does this unstoppable energy come from?

Links to announce during the interview

  • Lucia’s main site with recordings of all Lights on Europe podcast episodes: www.luciaklestincova.eu

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