We had the good fortune of connecting with Davide Di Giorgio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Davide, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Making a difference. It’s the only thing that motivates me. It is the driving force behind everything I do. When I was in high school, someone took the time to get to know me—the real me—saw my talents and potential, and nurtured them. That teacher saved my life. It happened again when I started university and a professor took me under their wing and barely a few days into my 4-year program appointed me as the Musical Director for one of the theater companies on campus. So, I guess you could say it’s making a difference combined with helping others to see and realize the potential in themselves. Every project I take on, every iteration of the my business and life has been guided by this, and it’s so incredibly satisfying.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When it comes to my professional life, the road to today has not been linear. It’s actually only in the last year that I’ve been able to start connecting the dots. What sets me apart is what others may have previously accused me of as being unfocused. I’m trained as a composer and musical director. I ran a fairly successful theater production company in my early career before I decided to add on teaching. I was the head of a high school music department, while producing theater and pitching TV shows. At the same time, I took on a brick and mortar business which turned out to be a total disaster (that’s where I learned a lot of lessons about business and partnerships). Mixed in with all of that, I’ve worked in a variety of roles, from customer service, to travel agent, to flight attendant, to adventure camp director in foreign countries, and I even developed a program to train young musicians in the marching arts to take on a champion mindset. When I left teaching and moved the United States (I’m Canadian) I committed to building my own brand and business. That’s when I started to realize what sets me apart. I’ve spent nearly my entire life working to bring the best out of others, whether it was in a classroom, on the stage, the marching field, or in business. I also realized that I have always been the most successful when I keep my focus outward. Building a business or a brand is easy when are clear on the impact you want to make. Building a business to make money or just because you think it’s a cool idea is painful. Be mission driven. Commit to making a difference for someone else. It works every time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve always lived my life to be as self-sufficient as possible. I’ve never wanted to depend on anyone or ask for any help. There are three individuals who recently stepped in (and up) to my life. When the pandemic caused many business and operations to shutdown, my speaking took a big hit. I approached my friends at Genius Unlocked Coaching Institute. I told Jenn Beninger and Carson Cooper the situation I was in. I didn’t ask them for anything, just said, “I’m only sharing this because I believe if I say it out loud the universe may hear me and something will come.” Well, they stepped in for (or as) the universe and offered me something I couldn’t refuse. “How would you like to be our Chief Experience Officer?” Jenn and Carson not only saw the talent in me and how I could serve their company and their clients, they also saw an opportunity to make a difference for me when I needed it the most. Entrepreneurship isn’t always easy, especially when you’re dealing with a major change like the effects of the pandemic. In these last months their belief in me to help grow their company has restored my confidence in myself and in my ability to make a difference for others. Thanks Jenn and Carson! Also during the pandemic, I had a random connection turn into something I could never have expected. An instagram DM to a stranger, someone I admired for the work they were doing to advocate for kids and young people, became a longer conversation, a phone conversation, and today a major project. Peter Mutabazi’s Instagram account (@FosterDadFlipper) caught my eye and I sent a message just to acknowledge him for the work he was doing. From that initial message, Peter started asking me some questions about what I did. What I didn’t know at the time was that Peter saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. He saw my talents, creativity, and business savvy. Eventually, he asked me to take a look at a few projects he was working on, and I agreed. A few months later, we have laid the foundation for his company Now I Am Known which seeks to reach as many children and youth, especially in foster care, to let them know that they are seen, heard, and known. Peter is no stranger to having others see his potential having grown up in Uganda and spending time living on the streets before someone took him under their wing and gave him the opportunity to go to school. Today, Peter’s belief in me to help him build his company is only one tiny example of how he wants to make a difference for others. I’m thrilled to have taken the role as Chief Operating Officer for Now I Am Known and to help Peter bring his message to and make a difference for as many foster kids as we can. Peter, thank you for seeing my potential!
Other: Davide’s latest difference-making project: nowiamknown.com