Anna Girotto, today Import Export & Invoicing Corporate & Industrial Activities Manager for Gucci, attended the MBA Part-time Weekend at Bologna Business School. An experience that enabled her to “get out of her comfort zone” and to enrich her professional “toolbox”. In this interview she recounts her story.
Tell us about your professional career.
Since October 2018 I’ve been Import-Export & Invoicing manager for Gucci, where I arrived in the midst of my MBA, after being in charge of Import-Export at Replay and, before that, for an international shipping company in Treviso, my hometown. It’s there that my passion about customs-related topics started and it was from there that, after years of practice and study, I received, passing a State exam, the License as Customs Agent. I’m specialized in international trade, in customs, tax and excise legislation, specifically for the fashion, automotive and wine sectors. Actually, in 2017, I published a book about the wine sector.
Why did you decide to continue your education and how did you choose BBS?
I have very specialized skills, related to administration, logistics, supply chain. They generate repercussions on compliance, they may determine important savings and are crucial for the planning of foreign exchanges. Nonetheless, they’re the result of an extremely vertical training and professional journey, which implies a partial view of the company. Thus, it was the desire to acquire the tools and skills necessary for a global view of the company that pushed me towards this new educational path. Why BBS? Because it’s the Business School of the oldest university in the world, with an excellent ranking, a challenging program, an active Community, and a method that emphasizes interactive activities and engagement.
According to you, what are the program’s strengths?
The pressing pace of the program: a real marathon of acquisition of skills and competencies, led by a team of instructors that represents a smart balance of professional and academic experiences. The impact, I must admit, is “powerful”: you’re back at your school desk, you force yourself to get out of your comfort zone, but, day after day, you realize your ‘toolbox’ is growing. Interactive activities are strongly stimulated: every course includes periods of debate both in the classroom and in distance learning mode and then projects to be completed in teams (with a pinch of healthy competition), often mixing very, very different skills and experiences.
What are the added values of belonging to the BBS Community?
The biggest advantage is that your training journey never ends. A BBS Alumnus remains such forever. The relational and exchange opportunities, the courses, the activities, the fora never stop. Even during the lockdown, every evening the Quarantalks informed us, entertained us, and kept us company, consolidating a sense of belonging and, let me say it, of pride.
Anna Girotto – Italy
MBA Part-time Weekend – Class 2018/2019