Writer: Blanca Estrada
2 min read June 2022 — Alina, executive director for Capital Analytics, speaks on how her previous experiences have shaped her and prepared her for her current role. She also touches upon people who have inspired her during her time as an Executive Director.
How did you originally find the position of Executive Director at Capital Analytics?
Abby Melone originally reached out to me via LinkedIn. She saw my profile, and I think she saw my previous experience with similar media platforms. I had an international career for many years working from 15 countries around the globe, so when she approached me about this opportunity, I was intrigued and quickly got excited.
You worked in different countries throughout your career. How have these experiences shaped you?
I started working in sales when I was 18 while I was still in school studying business management and journalism. I started with sales over the phone, then spent several years living in South-East Asia, and later traveling the world with my media reporting jobs. I learned to adapt, embrace what comes, immerse myself in the local culture, always do like the locals, let them teach me and educate me. I always come out a better person after each travel experience.
Outside of your current position with CAA, which previous work experience has been your favorite?
My favorite one was a media project in Turkey. It’s a different culture, and the approach to the process is different. Relationships are paramount to conducting successful business and I learned a lot from the executives and government leaders there.
How have people inspired you during your time at Capital Analytics?
I’m mostly inspired by women because I resonate with them. Also, I’m a feminist. The thing I love about Capital Analytics is that it’s led by a woman, Abby Melone.
I’m also inspired when I’m doing interviews with strong female leaders. Women are leading the path for others, and they’re showing us what can be done. I love that I get to be a part of it.
What makes you happy?
Overall, I’m a happy person because I have a lot to be grateful for. I try to keep myself in a state of gratefulness and awe to the grace of life. I love working out, traveling, drinking red wine, baking in the sun and playing the little games decided by my little nephews.
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years? Are there any goals you want to achieve?
Yes, there are goals I want to achieve; however, I also want to allow for miracles and awe in my life and not try to control every single aspect of it. In 10 years I hope to still enjoy my company, travel, laugh a lot, live close to a beach somewhere warm and be able to drink sangria in the afternoons surrounded by wonderful friends and family.