#Elle101: #WomenInBusiness Twitter Chat with Bus. Exec. & Philanthropist Sophia Bekele May 6 2016

The Twitter Chat with Sophia Bekele, Business Executive and Philanthropist has proved to be very enlightening for #WomenInBusiness. As a seasoned entrepreneur, Miss Bekele had a few nuggets of wisdom to share on women in business and what some of her experiences have been thus far.

She touched on the importance of networking in business.
“Networking is the subtle building of  human capital through connections. Traditionally Business has been built and expanded via networks, tech has helped scale that, like we are doing now. Your network is your net worth, so keep it alive.”

What advice would she give to other women in business?
You have free voice, free mind, freedom of expression, use it, be fearless!  Have a vision, document your objective, work at it day by day. Challenges will never stop coming your way; grow a thick skin and never lose hope . Failure is the new normal; I call it not getting what you want, which is where your most valuable experience comes from.  Don’t stereotype, a diverse workforce is the new normal be prepared to be surprised where your next best talent will come from,  Never stop learning, never grow up, never stop asking, always stretch your brain as it takes more.  Walk you talk, don’t just keep talking, most keep talking as a smokescreen to avoid walking.

On leadership, Bekele says, leadership is a key position of responsibility and ethics, we need more of it in the world today ethical leadership is lacking

On facing challenges as a woman in business?
Bekele advices that from being undermined, you have to always make effort to flip to your advantage and also learn about managing conscience and unconscious bias in other people’s experience with gender, race, smarts, attitude, etc.. across industry and people

Elle Afrique is a blogzine by African women that aims at changing the views of the media on African girls and women and holds #ELLE101 bi-monthly chat. This week it was with Ms. Sophia Bekele Eshete, Business Executive and Philanthropist and  Founder of DotConnectAfrica Group  on the topic ‘Women in Business’.

Follow her on @sophiabekele and @dot_Africa or click on the hashtag #elle101 to keep the conversation moving.

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