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Name: Alix Scoblionko
Title: Executive Assistant
Years in travel / technology: 5+
Years with Amadeus: 2
What is the most important characteristic a woman in travel tech needs to succeed?
Understanding. It’s important to understand the overall travel industry including competitors and their products, marketing, pricing, success rate and more. This knowledge helps you better determine which business decisions and direction your company must take. In an industry that is constantly changing, qualities like perseverance, adaptability and ambition are also essential. I try to learn as much as possible about our customers, their personalities, hobbies, goals and challenges. This helps facilitate communication and develop new partnerships; it also helps Amadeus maintain and grow existing customer relationships.
How do you give back to the world, and why is it important?
The ability to bring happiness or relief to someone in need is one of the most fulfilling things in life. Being a naturally empathetic person, I enjoy offering my time, assistance, knowledge, expertise, advice – or simply an open ear. I regularly participate in food/clothing/toy drives for organizations like The Salvation Army, Goodwill, Planet Aid, Toys for Tots, The Greater Boston Food Bank and UNICEF.
I actively support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Last February, my colleagues and I partnered with St. Jude during Amadeus’ commercial conference in Nashville. Later that year, St. Jude’s hosted a walk-run in Boston to end childhood cancer. Together with colleagues and friends, I formed an Amadeus team and we exceeded our fundraising goal. It was very rewarding, and I plan to participate in the walk again this year.
Who is your greatest female teacher, mentor or role model?
I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many amazing women in my life. There is one individual who stands out from the rest, Jill Litner Kaplan of Newton, MA. Jill graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA; she built a successful interior design business furnishing luxury homes across New England and beyond. I met Jill during my Master’s program at Northeastern University in Boston. We both had a need; Jill was looking for someone to help care for her two active young boys, and I was seeking a job that would help pay for grad school, accommodate my demanding class schedule, and provide a sense of belonging and familiarity in a new city. When I met Jill for our first face-to-face interview, I felt an instant connection. I admired her beauty, intelligence and positive energy. As she spoke, I could hear the ambition and passion in her voice. Jill welcomed me into her family and demonstrated that it was possible to be a loving mother, wife, and successful businesswoman all at one time.
To “pay it forward,” I always try to recognize when others may be in a similar situation. Whether it’s a new Amadeus employee, intern, “transplant” from another country, or somebody I meet outside of work, I look for opportunities to offer help, encouragement or support. When you’re in a new setting, it’s extremely comforting to find someone who’s willing to “show you the ropes,” someone you can count on.
What advice do you give other women who aspire to lead?
My advice is to be confident in your worth and ability to grow. Express your opinions freely yet respectfully, and welcome others’ feedback. Allow yourself to make mistakes, and turn them into opportunities to learn and improve. Focus on the big picture and what really matters, without getting caught up in minor details along the way. The joy is in the journey!