A mentor will help you skill up, while a sponsor will help you move up. And finally a mentor will give you perspective, whereas a sponsor will give you opportunities. Take some time to reflect whether you have a mentor or a sponsor, and how the support that they are providing is aligned to what you wish to achieve.
This is one of my favourite topics and I love to normalise women being seen and accepted in tech careers and in tech companies and IT departments.
Your career in tech doesn’t have to be an uphill climb or a lonely battle. There are many simple actions you can take that will help you feel empowered and able to take on some challenges you will have to face.
“I am very grateful to Nobukhosi Dlamini, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and all our speakers, and also to Lucy Quist, our other moderators, and all participants.”
In September 2019 I had the privilege to be selected as part of Tech Women, a cohort of over 100 ladies in STEM from 21 countries, to spend five weeks in Silicon Valley. Tech Women is a professional exchange program run by the US State Department which convenes women who are emerging leaders in the different STEM fields from 21 countries across Africa, Middle East and Central Asia.
Yesterday I was at UCT and had the pleasure of being on a panel discussion on Breaking Down Stereotypes in Engineering and Sciences. A number of UCT students attended and they were not only from Engineering or Science, there were Medicine students and others from different faculties. We had a robust engagement and it was […]