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Allyson Stewart-Allen is an internationally-recognised business advisor, broadcaster, speaker and educator whose expertise in the fields of international marketing and inter-cultural working is sought by international household names growing their markets around the world. A Californian based in Europe for over 25 years, Allyson applies her extensive international consulting experience, languages and MBA education with Dr. Peter Drucker to the company she founded, International Marketing Partners.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE AS A CHILD?
An Olympic iceskater – Peggy Fleming was my hero and I got to meet her which was my inspiration.
ADVICE TO YOUR TEENAGE SELF?
Leave the country! Go explore – there is more to the world than California.
KARAOKE TUNE OF CHOICE?
Beach Boys, Surfin’ USA.
CAREER PLAN B?
Business TV presenter.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
Meryl Streep or Glen Close.
SECRET TO A HAPPY RELATIONSHIP?
CAT OR DOG?
YOUR COFFEE ORDER?
NUMBER ONE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Meet/have a meal with Jean-Claude Ellena, the recently-retired Hermes house nose.
Remembering people’s phone numbers. There’s something about numbers I can remember… not sure why.
DREAM DINNER DATE?
WHAT WAS YOUR BIG BREAK?
Being the first-ever business book at the Hay Festival in 2002.
WHERE IS HOME?
Walter White in Breaking Bad.
BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
Blunders in International Business (David Ricks).
FIRST EVER RECORD?
Claudine Longet – We’ve Only Just Begun (it was a gift, not my choice).
WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR YOU SEE..?
A happy, confident person enjoying the cultural arbitrage that is my work and non-work life.
ON A NIGHT OFF WE WOULD FIND YOU?
In the cinema or smelling perfumes or listening to a new release on Spotify.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL?
Aubergine Parmagiana (home made).
SIGNATURE DANCE MOVE?
Skank (I’m a huge fan of British ska bands: The Selector amongst others).
WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?
My husband whose personal story and work is inspiring and character-building.
MOTTO YOU LIVE BY
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.