Viktoria Kay, a dynamic entrepreneur and leader making waves in Los Angeles. Born in Hungary, raised in Germany, and now a proud US citizen, her journey is a testament to resilience, determination, and the pursuit of dreams.
Viktoria’s journey began with a bold move to the United States at the tender age of 20. Armed with ambition and a thirst for knowledge, she tackled the challenge of learning English from scratch while earning her Business degree at California State University, Long Beach. Fast forward to today, she is a thriving entrepreneur carving her path in the bustling landscape of Los Angeles. When asked about her motivation to pursue a leadership role, she emphatically states that she can only be her own boss at this point in her life, relishing the ability to make independent decisions that shape her career.
“Not every woman has to want to be a leader and I respect everyone’s path. However, the women who strive to have their own business, for example, I can advise them that discipline and gratitude are essential for growth and success.”
As a female entrepreneur, Viktoria faced the familiar hurdles of disproving assumptions and earning her place. Now, she stands at a point where she’s unapologetically focused on her journey, no longer tethered by the expectations of others. The delicate balance between professional and personal life is a challenge she acknowledges. However, she’s actively working on creating more equilibrium in her life, recognizing the importance of this harmony.
In Viktoria’s opinion, great leaders, irrespective of gender, embody qualities such as kindness, empathy, discipline, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence. She emphasizes the importance of knowing how to follow to be an effective leader. Her approach to criticism and setbacks is one of acceptance and resilience. Understanding that every journey, like life itself, comes with ups and downs, she focuses on seeing the light in every experience.
While Viktoria is currently working on her goals, she takes immense pride in achieving American citizenship—a testament to her tenacity and the opportunities she’s created for herself.
“As a female entrepreneur, you have to prove yourself and overcome assumptions. Now I am at the point where I just focus on myself.”
Advice for Aspiring Women Leaders:
For young women aspiring to leadership roles, Viktoria stresses that not every woman has to be a leader, but for those who desire it, discipline and gratitude are essential for growth and success. She respects everyone’s path and encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to stay true to their journey. To stay motivated and continue growing as a leader, she draws inspiration from other successful women in leadership roles. Knowing that others have paved the way fuels her belief that she can achieve the same.
Viktoria acknowledges the importance of mentorship at every stage of one’s career. Currently seeking mentorship herself, she underscores the value of continuous learning and self-discovery.
Future of Women in Leadership:
Looking to the future, Viktoria envisions a more inclusive society where gender is no barrier. She advocates for open dialogue that welcomes everyone, regardless of gender, supporting women in leadership roles. Her journey is one of determination, resilience, and the unwavering pursuit of her dreams. Her story serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring leaders, reminding us all that with discipline, gratitude, and a dash of fearlessness, anything is possible.
“I have grown to a point in my life where I can only be my own boss and make my own decisions.”