Monica Vinader

Carmen Busquets

Advice for women starting their careers?

Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you, without fear of feeling intimidated by their ideas and feedback.

What would you tell your younger self now?

When I started out at 23 years old, I was full of enthusiasm and eager to work hard, however, I didn’t dedicate enough time communicating clearly, which I now know is so important.

What has been your most pivotal career moment?

Choosing love and family over power and money. In 2010, I chose between the love for my father and the love for my career at Net-a-Porter. When my father decided to leave Net-a-Porter’s board, I knew I would never find a partner that I could trust as much as I trusted him as his replacement. It was an extremely difficult decision to make, as it meant having to let go of my power in the company, but any accomplishment in my life has been thanks to my father, and I am proud that I was able to choose gratitude and loyalty over greed and ambition.

How do you balance your work and life? Is this important?

Very! I do so by meditating, and dedicating time to myself during the first and the last hours of the day. I practice gratitude before going to sleep, being thankful and counting my blessings - even if it has been a hard day. In the morning I am able to start afresh, asking what is needed from me that day on a universal level – whether that be learning or being of service.

What do you hope for the future of women in business?

I want there to be more women in positions of power to correct the existing imbalance. Up until now, the majority of the money and power has been in the hands of men, whereas we need more women to start powerful, billion-dollar private equity and venture capital funds, that are geared to backing women from all backgrounds and races.

"Time and energy are precious resources that should be reserved for those who deserve it most."
Carmen Busquets

Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years' time?

In the unknown, as always.

How do you empower women within your business and in life?

I always teach women to believe in themselves, as that is the starting point for everything else that follows.

Next move?:

Always on the move.

If you were a flower, what would you be, and why?

A rose – because of their thorns!

Quick Fire Questions

Your leadership style in one word


How would your team define you in one word?


Key to success?

Don’t believe in it

Secret work weapon?

Short meditations during coffee breaks, in between meetings, or during any other spare moment of the day

Your personal mantra?

"Just do it"