Daniella Rilov is the Head of Israelis at Homeis, a platform helping people build networks within local foreign-born communities. Previously the Executive Director of the AIFL, she currently sits on the board of directors.
Daniella always felt a strong connection to both the United States and Israel, and after serving in the IDF and completing her studies at Tel Aviv University, she moved to New York. Daniella holds a bachelor’s degree from Tel Aviv University and a master’s degree in Art Market: Principles and Practice from FIT in New York City. She lives in Manhattan with her husband Gil and their two sons.
Words You Live By: There is no comfort in growth and no growth in comfort
What was your dream job as a kid and why? As a kid I didn’t have a specific dream of a certain career, but I did always have a strong sense of what following my life path would to feel like; what elements in my day to day this path needs to fulfill; and how the vision of accomplishing this would come together.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My family and close circle of friends are my biggest accomplishment. I would not be the person I am without the community of people that I have surrounded myself with over the years, and I cherish it deeply.
How do you balance being a mother and professional/ work and life responsibilities? Delegation is key to managing both worlds, finding a strong support system whether its family or external help is essential. I also try to remind myself not to stress over what I’m not doing when I am doing something I love.
What’s one key leadership lesson you’ve learned along the way? We live in an era where the image we portray plays such an important role, that it’s hard not to take ourselves too seriously. But one thing I have learned is that minimizing our own self-importance is a path to freedom, and goes a long way toward following the gut feelings that lead to the really good stuff.
Define a great leader. What are some traits you think great leaders possess? A great leader is someone that is first and foremost is a good listener and observer. One who constantly seeks to better himself, and who creates an open space for discussion and criticism on either side.
Pearls of Wisdom: Consistency is key to success: never underestimate the power of repetition. But try to always balance that strong focus and persistence with a sense of flexibility.