In this blog post
1. Tell us something about your childhood. What values had been instilled in you that helped you excel later in your life?
There is no substitute for hard work. Treat everyone with kindness and fairness.
My parents influenced me a lot – my mother was the first person from her community in Kenya to attend nursing school in the UK. My father built a business the old-fashioned way – work hard and work smart.
2. What have been some of the biggest challenges in your life and how that has shaped you? What’s the most important risk you took and why?
The biggest challenge in my life is and was my need to excel – this journey is littered with failures.
The biggest risk I took was to not take over the family business – I took a chance on me.
Travelling has exposed me to people of different cultures and beliefs. In the end, we are all human beings and what matters are simple concepts like family and the ability of humans to connect at a personal level. My travel experiences have taken me to remote parts of Africa, North and South India, South America, and most of continental US.
4. How did you discover your passion for STEM?
My passion for STEM started at a young age with a fascination of outer space. I suspect this was a result of flying a lot as child wondering what is up there.
5. How would you define success?
Peace of mind knowing that I have tried to do my best and become the best I can be in my family and professional life.
6. How do you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
I push myself to lead by example and build consensus while keeping my eyes on the prize. I am never satisfied with status quo.
7. In your opinion, what is the ideal way to lead in a crisis?
Take a hands-on-deck approach making sure the team is part of the decision-making process. It is easier to motivate teams that understand the mission and are aligned on how we get to our common destination. It is easier to deal with crisis with a team that is supporting you.
8. Looking back on your journey and knowing what you know now, what is the one piece of advice you would have given yourself along the way?
Make sure that everyone I work with understands my intent with absolute clarity. Do not make assumptions – this is a skill I continue to work on.
Also, to ensure that the work I do has a clear path to adding significant value.