GIVING BACK: MENTORING WOMEN IN AFRICA
As part of my aspiration and commitment to giving back, I worked as a mentor for both from 2013-2017. My focus was Women in Africa as I have had a dream since a child to be associated with this continent. (I think the colourful Atlas my grandfather Dr. Marrel Paul might have something to do with it!)
Having never visited the continent (till date) my dream encouraged me to request to mentor women from this amazing continent. I was blown away by the experience. Here are some soundbites of what I was involved in.
Mozambique: Vision and purpose for an expat preparing for post retirement life
Kenya: Helping an agriculture specialist set up her own tomato business. She made profits Month 2.
Benin: Strengthen the Chair of Young Leaders Association at Benin leadership brand and influencing style
South Africa: Help the co-founder of a children's charity to develop leadership capability and capacity
Nigeria: Strengthen L&D and OD strategy for an HR leader working in a MNC
I truly believe I learnt as much as they did - our time together was special and the bond will last forever.
IOD CHAIR central LONDON
The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and today is a vibrant membership organisation with a strong presence in the UK and affiliates in other countries. Its largest branch is Central London, which has over 4,000 members. Reena played the role of Chair to the Central London Committee for two years till she stepped down in December 2021.
Her role here includes the following:
Representing IoD as a judge, speaker, or panelist on various business awards, events and interviews
Establishing new Special Interest Groups led by our members
Facilitate smooth running of the Central London Committee
Engage, listen to member feedback and facilitate two-way channel of communication with IoD leadership
Setup new initiatives that engage members - the most recent being IoD London Business as Unusual webinar series. (For free webinars, join here)
Read more on Reena's role at the IoD and contact her for how you can get involved with this iconic UK business institution.
St Jane's de Chantal Home,
What happens when young women come together to serve the future generations selflessly? The future looks brighter.
What happens when this group decides to look after HIV-positive and abandoned children in South Africa? The world becomes a better place.
This is St Jane's de Chantal Home - my chosen charity to currently support.
I encountered St. Jane's de Chantal during My Africa project, when I mentored Josephine, part of the leadership team. I was bowled over not just by the wonderful soul she is but also the resilience, generosity, and grace that surround a dedicated team of people who - despite acute challenges - have a genuine smile on their face and the sunniest of attitudes.
I am supporting them to achieve their vision: 'to establish several more homes over the next few years to enable us to help more children in need.'
If you would like to donate directly, please follow the link below.
Proceeds of The Brilliance Quotient went towards the 2019 exam fee of the young boy pictured at St. Jane's de Chantal Home.