After more than two decades in the footwear industry, Daianara Amalfitano has learned that the secret to success is all about finding balance. The busy executive, who spent 22 years at Steve Madden before being appointed VP of global footwear at Aldo Group in January, said it’s important to have a strategy that allows you to seamlessly balance your professional and personal pursuits. Here, she shares advice on how to manage the juggling act.
Biggest opportunity in my new role: “My job is to grow the brand globally. With over 20 years of experience in footwear, I have a deep understanding of the young fashion segment. The market is changing rapidly, and Aldo has a huge opportunity to grow, both in the 97 countries where our products are currently sold, as well as in new territories where we are not yet present.”
Best advice I’ve received: “Design a plan to serve all four areas of your life — family, work, fitness and community — and you will be happy. I try to balance these areas at all times, and I have found that they are all deeply interrelated. It’s not easy, and there are times I fail, but maintaining balance creates opportunity for a lot of successes.”
Female mentor: “I never had the chance to have female mentors within the footwear community, but I’ve learned there are a lot of women I can look up to outside my field. One of those is Nancy Burner, who is now a very successful lawyer. She is a completely self-made woman and living proof that you should always challenge yourself, take calculated risks and not be afraid to continue growing.”