CAROLE: I don’t micromanage, you either swim or you sink
12 months ago, 30 Dec 13:30
Choose your passion, don’t go for positions As the representative of the interests of private businesses in Kenya, Carole Kariuki holds a position coveted by many, especially young girls who look up to her. However, her advice to aspiring CEO’s especially girls, is that: “Never go for a position. Go after your passion instead. It might get you to a higher position or a lower position but you will have followed your calling. Positions are just driving licences that get you to do what you need to do,” the 42-year old counsels. She joined the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa) in 2005 as a policy program manager, working with five other colleagues as the only staff members in the organisation. She took a two-year break in 2008 and returned in 2009 as the acting CEO, a position she was confirmed to in 2010. “I’m very fortunate that I came into this position when other women had already charted the way,” she said of her career. “It’s not completely easy but I think the next generation will have it easier because we are here,” she added. Before joining Kepsa, Kariuki had worked for Barclays Bank of Kenya, and Sagamore Institute for Public Policy Research, in Indianapolis, Indiana, US where she acted as a liaison between Kepsa and the institute before formally joining the latter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a Masters degree in Public Administration and International Affairs from Bowling Green State University, US, and several professional courses on public-private sector dialogue, global leadership and private sector development. She also serves on eight boards such as the Kenya 2030 Water Resources Group, Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration and the National Council of Administrative Justice. -------------------------------------------- What’s your off duty passion? Hanging out. I really love to go out — especially with friends who are not from the office — for some outdoor activities like road trips, live concerts and watching plays in the theatre. My friend June Gachui is one of my favourite artistes because she is not just a singer but an all-round entertainer. What’s your typical day like? I don’t have one really, all my days are different. But I normally wake up at around 5:40am, do a quick 10 minutes run and head to the office for some regular 7:30am meetings with staff. The rest of the day is unpredictable. How do you manage your wardrobe? I prefer to wear bright colours more often because I’m mostly the only woman sitting at a board meeting, so I cannot look like the men in their dark suits and ties. How do you unwind after a busy week? Unwinding is more of a daily thing so I try to exercise a lot. I was more of a runner before but I have had to cut on that recently as I slowly shift into regular use of the gym. Where would you be found on a Saturday afternoon? ...
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