We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniela Gilet and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Daniela, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” – Shannon L. Alder I resonate with this quote not only because it’s true but it reminds me that our definition of self and the way we value ourselves is manifested in our relationships and interactions with others. My first time meeting with Christie Grays, who is the CEO of I AM CHIC(Christie Has It Covered) was not only impactful, but it was joyous in that I left with the biggest life lesson that I hold dear to this day “You must know your value and others should know it too”. If you spend your life being someone else you rob yourself of every opportunity in finding true joy, and most importantly finding yourself. Embrace your awkwardness.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I currently work as a Data Analyst for a health insurance company by day and manage a few passion projects by night. I originally started my career in Human Resources and recruitment, and once I graduated with a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics I was able to secure a job as an entry data analyst . This kind of transition is not common in analytics because you either graduate from college with a data related degree and find an applicable position or leverage your network to get your foot in the door at their company.  When I started working in analytics, I doubted whether I was capable of succeeding in technology, but I had to quickly remind myself that a journey of a thousand miles start with a single step-practice leads to perfection. I am proud of the work that I do because data drives decisions. The lessons I’ve learned throughout this experience is to build your self-confidence first, set daily intentions, and stay focused on your mission. My brand is predicated on building community around everyone that I invest and interact with. I hope to drive others towards their true power source.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a foodie at my core so of course we would certainly start off with the hottest food spots. My favorite restaurants are Amara at Paraiso, Myapapaya on the River, Shooters, Voo La Voo Care, and Grand Lux. These restaurants also have great breakfast options. For midday activities we would visit some local attractions such as South Beach, Vizcaya gardens, Everglades, jet skiing, or maybe a safari attraction in West Palm. From a night life perspective there is so much to get into so we would plan according to our interests. I think that there are so many hidden treasures in Little Havana and Little Haiti so I will certainly add them to my itinerary.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I recently read The Memo by Minda Harts and I can honestly say that this is a life/game-changer for me. Minda has become a friend in my head. This book lays the foundation on how women of color can navigate the corporate space. I found it interesting that I was already doing some of the things (e.g. forming allies in the workplace, and being interested in others) already, and truly went through a wave of emotions as I listened to the audiobook. My hope is that all upcoming seniors, college graduates, early careerists, and established professionals (specifical women of color) can pick up this book and extract and ultimately apply some practical tools that Minda has equipped us with. Major, major shoutout to Minda Harts for this book.

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