Name & Surname
What things/people/roles have contributed most to your success?
Education has been a great staircase that led to my success today and also coming from a family of educated people and they always put education first. My mother was an Educator for 45 years and the only song we heard from her was on how Important Education is.
If you knew all that you now know, what would you tell your 18 year old self?
Noelle, its very important to set your OWN goals and what you want to achieve in life, no one can do it better for YOU than YOU. And definitely learn to be head strong with what your values and principles are and stick to that. No other influence should ever change who and what you are to try and please the society.
When things get tough, how do you keep yourself going?
I live by this motto: I know who I am; I know who I am not. I can never forget where I come from. I know where I am going. To reach for my dreams and conquer the challenges; I will dare to be different; and with proper guidance and direction and with God on my side, nothing is impossible. I am a Leader.
What leadership qualities do you most admire?
I admire people who lead without having to be concerned about the titles given. The people who go out there to lead with with respect, compassion and integrity. The people who are serving their communities and beyond without expecting any financial returns. Now that for me is a Leader as they are not to LEAD and also FOLLOW at the same time.
Victimhood, does that stance serve women’s causes? Women are still exploited, so what would you tell them?
A lot of women causes have emanated from the situations women face everyday, be it rape, assault, work victimization, sexual harassment, barriers to business sectors, salary inequalities, the list is endless.
Being a victim to a situation that had befallen you in life does not DEFINE who you are and what you want to become in life. RISE ABOVE being a victim and become a VICTOR. Do not allow any situation to limit your sky glance. The bigger person is the one who rises upon any situation and come out at the end of the dark tunnel being a BETTER, STRONGER and GREATER person than their situation.
Do you mentor any girls as part of your personal and/or corporate responsibility?
I am a GIRL CHILD MENTOR through a program called DreamGirls International Outreach & Mentoring Program. I do this because i believe my community made me, they moulded me, hence I work for my community, I always want the best for the young girls as their life challenges are bigger than we know and can see in and around our communities. Therefore I want to live a legacy, something I will always be remembered for. The contribution I would have made and the lives I would have impacted, changed and touched positively. I believe it has to start within my community before I can translate it to the rest of the world.
What are some of the leadership challenges/obstacles that are unique to women?
Lack of proper training and guidance targeted for women, lack of access to pivotal information that can help them move forward in life. There isn’t enough women mentoring and coaching programs especially for the women and girls in previously disadvantaged communities.
Why did you choose your career?
The studies i chose are just helping me fulfill some tasks in my current career, however what i am doing actively now is not what i studied. I work as a Business Mentor and a Girl Child Mentor, these two things are what i am passionate about because i love entrepreneur development and youth + women development.
Are the lives of famous women leaders a lot easier than those of the average women today?
Women face similar challenges as most crimes penetrate across our lives and do not choose the level of education one has to put a dent in your life.
However, an educated woman has better chance of moving out of a poverty stricken situation and make better life for herself and her children. Also able to make a stand on what she believes in or not. Whilst women who are not literate are highly influenced by what the society throws at them.
So basically, this usually has nothing to do with that woman being famous or not.
Gender quotas on boards are a contentious issue, what do you think about it?
There are few women in leadership and highly influential positions in the world. Its alarming that only about 18 out of 190 women are Heads of State and only about 66% are in the work force. There is still a lot of work to be done to balance this equation. We need to get more women to own more properties, lead high growth companies, become CEO’s, COO’s, CA’s etc by making sure we mentor them whilst they are still young so we can have more Women Leaders.