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How She Got There: Mabel Katz, International Speaker

Name: Mabel Katz
Job Title: International Speaker
College/Major: Certified Public Accountant and License in Business Administration (Argentina)
Website: mabelkatz.com
Twitter Handle: @mabelkatz

Her Campus: What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?
Mabel Katz: Not really. I have days where I focus on the business, or finances whereas others I spend creating new seminars, and writing articles or books. The rest of the time I spend traveling giving conferences and seminars.
HC: What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?
MK: I began with organizing and promoting events, which led to me organizing my own events. Now, I have organizers and promoters doing it for me.
HC: What is one thing you wish you knew about your industry when you first started out that you know now?
MK: To hire more specialized people with PR and marketing experience in my field.
HC: Who is one person who changed your professional life for the better?
When I realized I was going to change careers and start teaching, I mentioned to my spiritual teacher that I was going to take some classes in public speaking and he gave me a very important piece of advice: You don’t want to take any classes that will take away your spontaneity. You just have to be yourself in front of people.
HC: What words of wisdom do you find most valuable?
MK: What I learned from my teacher that changed my life was that I was 100% responsible. I was the one attracting everything in my life. When I realized that, I felt free for the first time in my life. I realized that if I created it, I could change it.

HC: What is one mistake you made along the way and what did you learn from it?
 Choosing a career like being an accountant because someone told me I was good at numbers. I learned that you have to always follow your heart and your passion. If you’re doing what you love to do, nothing can go wrong.

HC: What is the best part of your job?
MK: Interacting with people. Changing their lives, listening to their testimonies… Waking them up so they can remember who they really are.
HC: What do you look for when considering hiring someone?
MK: I always ask them what they love to do. It is very important that people do what they love. Usually what you love is your talent and natural gift and you will do it better and faster than anyone else.
HC: What advice would you give to a 20-something with similar aspirations?
MK: Believe and trust yourself. Dream big. Be yourself always. Do what feels good. Follow your heart. Do what you love and you will never have to worry about money.
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Gennifer is the Branded Content Specialist for Her Campus Media. In her role, she manages all sponsored content across platforms including editorial, social, and newsletters. As one of HC's first-ever writers, she previously wrote about career, college life, and more as a national writer during her time at Hofstra University. She also helped launch the How She Got There section, where she interviewed inspiring women in various industries. She lives in New York City.
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