Volume 1

By Isabelle Paradis
President, HOT TELECOM
February 2016
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If you inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader…

I have met only a few of these natural leaders in my career and these encounters have inspired a large part of how I see the future of the telecom industry and have guided my view of success. Some of these are strong women, who are bringing something different and of great value to our business.

This portfolio is the result of my recent discussions with some of these inspiring lady commanders, during which I found out not only their future vision of our industry, but more importantly, what makes them so successful in what is still mainly a male-led business.

As you will see, all of them without exception, have something in common: ‘The guts to succeed’. They emanate self-confidence and positive energy, they are not afraid to constantly push their limits, and do whatever it takes to get things done. But more importantly, they have a contagious passion for their work, for people and for life in general. They are truly inspiring, which is why they are having such a strong impact in today’s telecom industry.

My discussions with these ladies brought me to question my own views on what is key to success. Starting my own business, with the constant challenges it brings, pushed me to find out what I was really made of.

It made me realise that I always need and like to do things differently and that ‘me too’ is definitely not for me. From my point of view, if you are thinking like everyone else, you are definitely not thinking. Therefore, being different and always pushing the creative boundaries is vital to success in today’s world, where differentiating yourself from the pack is crucial to survival. I have always believed that in order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different, and I have definitely applied this as one of my mantras.

But being different just for the sake of it brings no value. Added to this, attention to detail, vision, persistence, stamina and the continual appetite to improve and surpass yourself will make all the difference.

More importantly, I think that what has helped me surpass many of the tribulations of being a lady entrepreneur, was to build positive vibes and energy. This can only be achieved by not taking yourself too seriously, by having fun and by applying a ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude. It also means surrounding yourself with likeminded positive people.

On this note, I hope you value the messages of these five lady commanders as much as I have, and that their views will help you acquire a glimpse into the future of our industry and inspire your own recipe for success, fulfilment and happiness.

Life is too short not to fully enjoy the ride!

Isabelle Paradis


About the Author:

Isabelle Paradis

Isabelle Paradis, President of HOT TELECOM is an international telecoms expert, with over 22 years working experience in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

HOT TELECOM has been serving global operators, governments, equipment vendors and telecom investors for over 13 years, providing leading edge market research and consulting services to industry leaders around the globe.

For more information on our HOT INTERVIEWS program, please contact Isabelle Paradis at: or at +1 514 270 1636