This week, Isabelle Paradis, President and Founder of HOT TELECOM, joins Nabeel Mahmood and Phillip Koblence on the Nomad Futurist Podcast to jump into her transformative journey in the telecom industry. With an impressive 30 years of global experience, Isabelle is a visionary leader specializing in international and wholesale telecom services. Before founding HOT TELECOM, she earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MBA in Finance. Isabelle is not only an industry expert, but also an advocate for the inclusion of women and young people in technology and science. She serves on multiple boards, including the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (ESCAP) and the Global Telecom Women’s Network.
Phil and Nabeel kick off the episode eager to explore what it is that Isabelle does:
“I run a company called Hot Telecom. It’s been in business for 20 years, and we do telecom, strategic consulting, and market research, focusing more and more on marketing and content. We are creating fun, memorable content and events for telecom operators in the international space. So, we are really focused, we are niche, in the wholesale and international space.”
When questioned about her drive and initiatives in working with the younger generation and creating excitement around the industry, Isabelle shares a valuable insight:
“I just tell them, do what you love. If they want to be an entrepreneur, as long as you go in with your eyes wide open, which I think is the key, then do it. If you know what you’re getting yourself into and you’re happy with that, please go ahead.”
Isabelle wraps up the interview by sharing some of her key takeaways:
“I think the energy you bring, especially positive energy, plays a big part in getting you to a better place. Giving back has an important role because when you give back you receive so much more in return. For example, when I work with my customers, I’m a consultant. If at the end of the day, I made them smile and I made a difference in their business or in their life, then I’ve succeeded on that day.”
Isabelle Paradis’s episode is more than just a career overview; it’s a lesson in leadership and a deep dive into the complexities of the telecom industry. Her insights make this episode a must-listen for anyone aspiring to make a significant impact in the world of telecommunications.