Those who inspire me the most are the PIONEERS. The ones, women or men, who first had an idea, a vision, a desire, a dream, a gut feeling they believed in, and dared to go for it, despite the danger, the criticism, skepticism or hatred of the others. Those who dare inspire me.
A City for Her: How do you feel today?
Dianie Bigand: I feel excited, and thrilled because my 3rd baby is about to come to real life. I can’t wait to bring pride, happiness, and relief to the families with the LES DOUCES MINES artwork books.
A City for Her: Where are you right now?
Dianie Bigand: In a Starbucks coffee!
A City for Her: What are you drinking?
Dianie Bigand: A huge “café au lait”, Latte venti actually. Can’t believe I drink coffee now…It’s been a year now since I have started. Actually, I like the smell and taste of coffee, but not the bitterness, so I won’t be able to drink a black coffee…Only with a lot of milk…That actually makes it a “lait au café” lol
A City for Her: Where are you from?
Dianie Bigand: I’m originally from Cameroon. I was born there, then arrived in France with my parents when I was a baby. We arrived first in Verneuil-sur-Seine (78), then moved to the north of France where I stayed until I graduated and came back to live around Paris to work, and here I am.
A City for Her: How many languages do you speak and which ones?
Dianie Bigand: French is my native language, I also speak English and Spanish that I’m afraid to lose because I don’t practice a lot L. I wish I could speak more different languages, but above all, I regret I barely can speak my parents’ Cameroonian local languages: BASSA and EWONDO…
A City for Her: How long have you been living in Paris?
Dianie Bigand: I never lived in Paris. I arrived in Clichy-La-Garenne in 1999.
A City for Her: Why Paris?
Dianie Bigand: Because I applied for a job there and they hired me! First big jump of my life, out of the family nest…
A City for Her: What is your favorite place/venue in Paris?
Dianie Bigand: I don’t know Paris enough to have a specific favorite venue. I love being in Paris because Paris is Paris. And mostly because being in Paris means hanging out with my friends.
A City for Her: The last A City for Her event you have attended?
Dianie Bigand: A great outdoor photo shoot with photograph Stéphanie Bobault. I really enjoyed that moment. Being outside to do such photos is so refreshing. And most of all, I met new great women!
A City for Her: Which is your favorite city in the world?
Dianie Bigand: So far…Paris
A City for Her: In which city would you like to live at least once in your life?
Dianie Bigand: The big APPLE
A City for Her: Any hobbies or passions?
Dianie Bigand: I’m a great fan of Greek mythology, I love cooking, and watching cartoons…Even when kids are not there
A City for Her: What is the last book you read?
Dianie Bigand: “Ta deuxième vie commence quand tu comprends que tu n’en as qu’une » by Raphaëlle Giorgano. The personal fulfillment story of a woman of my age ;D
A City for Her: The last movie you saw?
Dianie Bigand: “3 billboards” with Frances McDormand
A City for Her: Why do you wake up in the morning?
Dianie Bigand: To be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud.
A City for Her: What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Dianie Bigand: You don’t want to know…
A City for Her: What do you do now?
Dianie Bigand: I have been working for 18 years in a French automotive company as an IT and Customer Care project manager. I always had the chance to work in international departments which always enabled me to be in contact with many colleagues all around the world, and made me practice English and Spanish. It’s been a year that I have quit my job in order to take care of my own customers. My 3rd baby…remember? Today, my mission is to enrich the families’ emotional heritage by valuing the artworks (drawings, paintings, etc..) done by their kids. How? By gathering and showcasing these artworks into beautiful books, that kids will be happy and proud to share through the years. For me, these books are much more than just a handy solution to declutter or a memory witness of the children childhood…I’m convinced that they can be a powerful tool for personal development for kids to whom we want to say: this is your story. This is what you have created, coming from your imagination, your emotions, and experiences. This is you. Be proud of it. Be proud of you.
A City for Her: Where will you be and what will you do in three years?
Dianie Bigand: I will still be running LES DOUCES MINES and hopefully, working for the benefit of kids education, for a better world.
A City for Her: What do you need to achieve today?
Dianie Bigand: Today, I highly need to raise the awareness of LES DOUCES MINES in the schools, pre-school centers, art schools, “comités d’entreprises” of Paris and nearby. And I want every parent keeping their kid’s artworks somewhere in a dark drawer or in a box at the attic, that they can entrust their treasures to me. I will create sweet gifts their children will cherish forever.
A City for Her: What is your favorite quote?
Dianie Bigand: I have several in mind. But, I would resume my personal and professional journey with this one: “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” Confucius.
A City for Her: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Dianie Bigand: Believe in yourself!
A City for Her: Which woman in your life inspires you the most and why?
Dianie Bigand: Those who inspire me the most are the PIONEERS. The ones, women or men, who first had an idea, a vision, a desire, a dream, a gut feeling they believed in, and dared to go for it, despite the danger, the criticism, skepticism or hatred of the others. Those who dare inspire me.
A City for Her: Which woman-owned business would you recommend…
A City for Her: – in Paris?
Dianie Bigand: Impossible for me. I have met so many inspiring, and strong, and beautiful woman during my entrepreneur journey…Ask me for a detailed list! That would be easier ;D