CONNECTED CAREER WOMEN SERIES

Career Women’s Guilt

A career woman works hard during the day. She puts the bread on the table. She manages a big team. Somehow though there is this little bit of guilt in the back of her mind. It’s somewhere. Talking about it is not asking for attention. It is not complaining or wishing to stay at home instead....

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 5:33pm

Advice For My Younger Self: Relationships Matter

Have you ever been on a panel where they ask you the advice you would give your younger self? It is a recurring question and a good one at that. A lot of career women who are now in leadership roles did not have the luxury of seeing female role models in senior management and executive roles when...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 5:24pm

‘Office Housework’ And Two Other Habits To Stop Immediately

Today’s workplace is still a man’s world. From whichever angle you want to look at it, this is still the case. While universities in many countries across the world are doing a great job at producing as much or more female graduates, the workplace is still lagging behind. It...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 5:21pm

Work-Life Balance: Myth, Ideal Or Best Practice?

We all know this term, “Work-Life Balance”, but we all understand it differently. For some it is a clear ideal to strive for. For others it is a myth and a trap to keep us permanently feeling inadequate. Is it a simple calculation based on the number of hours in our week and how much...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 5:16pm

Mentors, Coaches And Sponsors: Who’s Got Your Back?

As appealing as the Western notion of the “self-made man” (wait! What about us, women?) is to many here on this planet, these days we all know there is no such thing. No one succeeds alone and getting people on your team is as important for your career and life success as is eating,...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 4:50pm

Why My Siri Is A Man

As much as we all love technology and our gadgets, one thing becomes strikingly clear when you dig a little deeper into who are designing our future world… there are hardly any women on the team! The great majority of “females” you will find in the world of robotics and...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 4:47pm

Motherhood: Time to Lean in or Lean Out?

“I have too many balls up in the air, so for now I decided to focus only on my children and my work.” “I will not be renewing my professional network membership, because I am pregnant!” “I’m going to focus on my family for now, while I prepare for giving birth...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 4:43pm

The Inspirational Women Behind Rwanda’s Homegrown Fashion Trends

Looking at Sonia Mugabo‘s designs, you can see the genius of her art. She merges elegance and simplicity with beautiful bold patterns. Her trademark floral patterns are chic and classy, making them highly sought after by women from all spheres of Rwandan society; from...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 4:39pm

Three Amazing African Women And Why They Inspire Me

On 25th May countries across Africa and the world will celebrate “Africa Day”. On 25th May 1963 the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was founded at a conference hosted by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. The OAU was the precursor of the African Union (AU) and it initially set out...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 4:19pm

Deal-Maker Or Deal-Breaker: The Man In Your Life

One of the most important career decisions you will ever take in your life has nothing to do with your career at all. Or so it seems... Choosing your life partner has an enormous impact on your career trajectory, and whether or not you even have a work experience worthy of the name “career...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 4:16pm

Unity And Diversity: An Impossible Mix?

Often treated as a minority or disadvantaged group, women as a group represent the second largest economy in the world on combined income vs GDP. This might seem normal as they make up roughly half of the world population, but considering the gender pay gap, the heavy burden of unpaid care work...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 4:11pm

When Women Come Together: Career Women’s Network Kigali (CWNK)

Generally, when women come together in social settings, they share stories, give each other advice and offer each other encouragement. Many women rely on their female networks for emotional support and counsel. Perhaps, the value of these support systems has not been emphasized enough and...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 3:59pm

What Is “Intersectionality” And Why Is It So Important ?

My previous article was about diversity. Diversity is all about seeing difference, not as something to be feared, but as something that adds value to your organization, to your business. This seems perfectly logical and when things are going well, diversity is a topic that is easily accepted. What...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 3:51pm

What Empowerment Is Not

Empowerment is such an important concept and practice. Yet sometimes it gets a bad rap. When Mr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, tweeted: “I am determined we'll create 25 million jobs for Africa's youth in 10 years. Forget 'youth empowerment',...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 3:47pm

“Shame On You!”: The Gendered Experience of Shaming

Besides the many insecurities any young person may feel, when you are a young woman there is the added bonus of “shaming". From girlhood into womanhood, and motherhood up until old age, it seems we are followed by a shadow of shame. Not necessarily our own, but the strong judgements of...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 3:43pm

Are You Lucky, Or Not?

What is good luck? Is it an excuse that makes us feel better when others succeed and we do not? Is it something we are born with or without and that determines our success in life? Are some people really lucky at play or in love? Whatever your perspective, when talking about success and...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 3:40pm

Ubuntu, Or How To Get From Diversity To Belonging

Whether it is pressure from customers or employees, a fact is that the workforce of many companies does not yet accurately reflect the diversity of the customer base. This phenomenon is more pronounced the higher you go up the corporate hierarchy. In fact, there are undocumented cultural practices...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 3:24pm

Telling Our Stories: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Women are significantly under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) -related fields. Globally, only 28% of researchers are women, and in Rwanda only 21.8% of the researchers are women. In the technology industry, women constitute 28% of professionals in the sector...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 3:19pm

No Fairy Tale: Sticky Floors, Broken Ladders, & Glass Ceilings

Once upon a time… let me rephrase, I am talking about now – the present moment. Right now when it comes to diversity and inclusion, you encounter all of it: sticky floors, broken ladders or leaky pipelines, and glass ceilings. It is time to dispel the myths around diversity, to...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 3:11pm

Pick Your Battle: Let Love Trump Fear

When you are pursuing a career and a life purpose, you sometimes need to fight for it. Call it workplace politics, call it conflict: how do you deal with it and is it always worth the fight? Maybe not. The legacies of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi continue to inspire millions of people...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 3:03pm

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