In 2012, Monica co-founded 100.000 entrepreneurs in Brussels, an association which goal is to promote the entrepreneurial culture and mind-set in schools in Belgium. She has attended various international post-graduate programs and worked in both French and Italian law firms, dealing with international companies. In March 2005, she founded her own law firm in Paris. During the Summer of 2017 Monica attended the RCA's Short Courses in Disruptive Market Innovation and Design Thinking & Innovation. Here she discusses her experience.
I’ve always had an interest in art and design and have cultivated this passion outside of my professional practice as a lawyer. The RCA has a worldwide reputation for leading innovation in art and design and I have always kept a keen eye on the RCA’s initiatives. When I heard about summer classes, I seized the opportunity to attend the Disruptive Market Innovation course led by Tim Corvin and Design Thinking & Innovation run by Professor Jeremy Myerson.
I settled on these short courses as I knew they would enrich my existing skills while providing a great opportunity to learn more about innovation and design thinking methodology. It was really inspiring to study in the place where many artists and creative people have left their mark.
These courses provided a wonderful opportunity to meet people coming from different backgrounds. It was interesting to see how engineers, architects and designers act, react and deal with problems and solutions compared to the approach of those from commercial industries, lawyers, consultants.
More than just strengthening my existing skills, the Royal College of Art’s short courses provided the ideal opportunity to make the most of my academic and professional backgrounds as well as of my operational know-hows. My time on these different and yet complementary courses offered me the opportunity to enhance my strategic thinking skills, while encouraging a new outlook that stimulates ideas on how to improve operational efficiency. My experience at the Royal College of Art directly influenced my decision to attend the Solvay EMBA programme in Brussels.
"It was really inspiring to study in the place where many artists and creative people have left their mark."Monica Santalena