Career Conversations

24th Birthday – 24 Things I Know For Sure

24th Birthday – 24 Things I Know For Sure

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I celebrated my 24th birthday on Friday, August 11th, and I was so full of gratitude. This past year has been filled with growth in all dimensions, that I can barely recognize the woman I was a year ago. Although I have made a lot of mistakes and failed so many times, I am happy about the lessons I have learnt from those mistakes and failures.  Here are 24 things I know for sure about life, success, career, love, spirituality etc. I hope you learn something or at the very least I hope it makes you think. Always put God first in everything you do. You are a co-creator of your life and you can’t survive in this world only believing in yourself Always do your best wherever you find yourself and make sure people are aware you’re doing great work You become exactly what you believe about yourself. If you can…

Lessons Learned From A Mentor: Michelle Obama

Lessons Learned From A Mentor: Michelle Obama

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If you know me personally you know that I really believe in having mentors. However, I don’t believe your mentor has to be someone you know. Hell, your mentor doesn’t even have to be alive (most of my favorite mentors I’ve learned the most from are dead). These are called distant mentors. Michelle Obama is one of my distant mentors. I learned so much from her when she was FLOTUS. As a black woman, having a woman like that in power made me think I could be more. It made me upgrade my dreams: I realized I was dreaming too small and aiming too low. She inspired me to DREAM. I cannot wait till she has an autobiography (I’ll also settle for a biography 😒). Here are some of the notable things I’ve learned from her so far: 1. On Empowering Oneself: You just empower yourself with education and not just formal…

Lessons Learned from She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto Boot Camp (Part 1)

Lessons Learned from She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto Boot Camp (Part 1)

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  This weekend (July 15-16th, 2017) I had the pleasure of attending the She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto boot camp. It was such a humbling experience being in a room filled with inspiring women (fondly called #MotherlandGurus) who came to connect, learn from one another and find out ways they can make an impact in their societies. Some of the amazing speakers whom I had the pleasure of learning from include: Njeri Rionge, one of Forbes Africa’s Most Successful Women & founder of Wanachi Online Patricia Bebia Mawa, President, Editorial Director & TV Host at Silvertrust Media & Planet Africa Group Dr. Olutoyin Oyelade, Founding Partner at InVcap & President of CASA Foundation In this article, I will share what I learned from Mrs. Patricia Bebia Mawa’s talk. She shared 5 Ps from her upcoming book The 10 Ps: The 10 Powerful Secrets of Successful People (which I cannot wait to get my hands…

5 Ways I Motivate Myself Everyday

5 Ways I Motivate Myself Everyday

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I will be the first to tell you that doing awesome stuff is HARD. Like REALLY… HARD. Most times I just want to watch Netflix (currently, Orange Is The New Black) and eat ice-cream in bed. But since I’m not a millionaire yet (one of my goals); I can’t afford myself that luxury. [P.S how long do I have to wait till I see my bank account balance rise like bread dough? 🙁 ] However, juggling my 9 to 5 at a Big 4 firm (really a 9 to 9 in my chosen career); managing a blog; and volunteering with several organizations amongst other things on my every increasing commitments list has taught me a thing or five about motivating myself. I’ve found that most of the time I just have to do what I have to do ESPECIALLY when I do not feel like it. I’ve learnt that feelings…

Career Conversations With Jay Bala, CFA

Career Conversations With Jay Bala, CFA

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Jay Bala is the CEO and Senior Portfolio Manager of AIP Asset Management, an award-winning asset management firm in Toronto.  Jay has over fifteen years of industry experience.  He previously worked as an Associate Portfolio Manager with Kingsmont Investment Management and Third Eye Capital as an Investment Analyst which manages the Sprott Private Credit Trust.  Prior to that, Jay was an Equity Research Analyst at a leading independent boutique investment bank and worked at the family office of one of Canada’s wealthiest families. Jay holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder. In 2014, Jay was a nominee for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Safe to say he’s made quite a name for himself in the asset management industry in Canada. It is no wonder that I jumped at the opportunity to interview Jay. For a lot of…