MENTORING WALK..

Published November 17, 2014 by TATENDA

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What an amazing, inspiring and educative day l had with other 50+ ladies from across Africa on the 15th of November. I would like to say thank you to The Passionate Professional team for organizing such an empowering event. The mentoring walk is an initiative which was started in NEW YORK in 2008 by founder and former CEO of Oxygen Media with an aim to reach out to young female leaders. Over the years, the event has been taking place in a number of countries worldwide. It has impacted thousands and l must say from my very own experience, it is indeed a powerful mentoring tool.

Brought to SA in 2013 by Hema Vallabh (an alumna of the Fortune Global Women’s Mentoring Program), the Mentoring Walk has managed to bring together aspiring young female professionals and well established female leaders so as to impact change in the society.

This year’s WALK, which l was proudly part of, was a fully-packed and intense program that saw me in the company of politicians, activists, life skills coaches, consultants, entrepreneurs and academics. sitting at the same table with the SA Deputy Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the CEO of Redefine Human Capital Irisha Luhanga and Naadiya Moosajee (Co-Founder & CEO at WomEng) was not only exciting, but also provided me the chance to share my projects, dreams and passions. Listening to their stories, the journeys they have travelled and their roles as strong females in a society that is still partly patriarchal gave me hope that as young females, we will be able to conquer and bring change to our spheres of influence.

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The program also allowed us to do ‘speed dating’ where l managed to interact with more than 10 mentors who were in the house. I got to know Tendai Ratisai: Training and Customer Support Specialist (Zimbabwe), Tamala Chirwa: Founder and CEO of Women’s Leadership Footprint (Malawi/ Kenya), Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams: Deputy Minister of Communications, (South Africa), Wandile Pelwane: Digital Trainer, City of Joburg, Naadiya Moosajee: Co-founder of South African Women in Engineering and Fulufhelo Ramulifho: MD at Careers For A Powerful You who are all Women of integrity. They have been out there representing women and impacting change in the society.

The one on one sessions we had with our mentors made me realise that there is more to life than just getting a job, buying a car and owning a house. My mentor Fulufhelo Ramulifho  shared with me how she sacrificed her job so as to start up her NGO. To her, it was a time and moment she needed. She wanted enough time to reach out to the communities and so far, she has even adopted schools where she offers career and life guidance skills to marginalized communities. Her story made me realise that the world can only become a better place if us as a society come together and work towards development. No matter how small, we should take steps towards promoting growth and active citizenship within our sphere of influence.

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Also the mentees were young phenomenal women. Although l didn’t get the chance to interact with each and every one of them, I must say I learnt a lot from the few I interacted with. Some are students, some already heading organisations and some in the early stages of their careers. What I loved most was the passion and zeal they have to be not only Africa, but the World’s activists who will put their all to close the gender equality gap as well as eliminate poverty, corruption, war, health problems, technology, climate change and other problems being faced worldwide, particularly by women.

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Thank you World Merit (www.worldmerit.org) for giving us the challenge to find mentors!! It is an important tool indeed! I also commend the City of Joburg for putting together everything and partnering with The Passionate Professional. Thank you Monash SA for equipping me with useful knowledge.

##Sailing high##Reaching behind horizons##AWAKEAFRICA##WOMEN EMPOWERMENT## 🙂

##Sailing high##Reaching behind horizons##AWAKEAFRICA##WOMEN EMPOWERMENT## 🙂

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