“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.” Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel
Venue: Safaricom Women in Technology Networking Forum @ the Michael Joseph Centre, 20th March 2014
Panelists (The Cisco Systems Team): Sabrina Dar – General Manager East Africa, Hazel Gachoka – Systems Analyst, Sally Kimeu – Public Sector Manager and Hital Muraj – Corporate Affairs Manager.
There is more than meets the eye when you look at an individual. The panelists were full of narrative on instances in their journey through life that changed their course. Be it through terrifying accidents, serendipity, tragedies and loss- each of the panelists shared their humanity.
The power of listening to such stories over and over again is that it reminds us that the things we go through individually will ultimately impact our own world view, our families, our friends and communities, collectively. I guess this is why it is important as well, that each and every human being be responsible for their own growth, their own development, their own healing; because in some shape or form – it will affect all those who come into contact with you, either positively or negatively.
In spite of it being a ‘Women in Technology’ forum, there were gentlemen in the audience. One of them had the opportunity to introduce himself as one who was there to represent his wife. He definitely got applause! Applause! Applause! A show of how we can live in prosperity and abundance, by supporting each other – men supporting women, women supporting men. This is definitely the time.
Sometimes, it is viewed as a negative thing to ‘empower’ women. But empowering women does not mean the disempowerment of men. It means that women are functioning from a more active and enlightened space, allowing them to make better decisions for themselves and those around them.
It is the time, as young Kenyans, to develop ourselves, believe in ourselves, and engage society by use of our talents, strengths, gifts and networks.
We can do so much more if we come together, as our best selves, and in unison with each other – male or female, to create successful individual lives, successful families, successful careers and, inevitably, a successful country.
P.S. Thank you Angela Wamola – Safaricom Head of Strategy and Planning, for the gift of Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg We look forward to sharing these stories and applying the lessons drawn from the forum to enrich ourselves and others.
Love and beauty,
Njuhi Chege | CEO
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