The event was spearheaded by fellows Angele Messa (2019), Crescence Elodie (2019), Mpara Faith (2017) and Horore Bebga (2018), and featured mentor delegates who presented on cultural intelligence, managing a global workforce, building a personal brand and leveraging LinkedIn to build out your network. In her keynote that opened the day, mentor Katy Dickinson stressed the importance of following up with a new connection: “Most people want to learn,” she said. “When you contact us, we can learn from you.”
In her lightning talk, Maryann Hrichak spoke about the importance of cultural intelligence — the ability to function effectively in different cultural contexts — and the four aptitudes required for cultural intelligence: drive/motivation, knowledge, strategy and action. Mentor Janice Campbell presented on going global with your brand, speaking about managing your online presence — your brand — by enhancing privacy, being ready to listen and learn and always putting your truest self forward. “Be your authentic self. Don’t try to be someone else when you are online — be who you are,” Janice said.
Mentor Sandra Chen gave the attendees tools on effectively managing a global workforce through optimizing tools, recording sessions, networking externally and making time for team bonding and cohesion. The final talk, delivered by mentor Sandhya Pappu of LinkedIn, empowered students to leverage LinkedIn as they enter the workforce, sharing tips on how to stand out to recruiters, how to develop their profiles and strategies on engaging their networks.
The session concluded with Meet a Mentor, where delegates and attendees split into small groups to explore the session’s themes and share additional strategies for developing your network and building a professional online presence. As the event concluded, mentors, fellows and attendees dropped their LinkedIn profiles in the Zoom chat, laying the groundwork for starting new meaningful connections of their own.
Design Thinking and Physical Computing with students in Douala and Yaounde
During and after the activity, the students came up to the camera to ask the mentors questions about the design thinking process. “What do you do if you’re afraid of what people think of your solution?” asked one student. Mentor Katy Dickinson assured the student that her ideas are valuable, and mentor Mimi Hills added, solar energy to villages, trash pickup solutions and ideas on how to bring peace to their communities.
Next up is Monday’s Girls in STEM event, where young girls will meet successful women in STEM — our fellows and mentors — who will introduce them to diverse local and global opportunities in STEM fields!
The 2021 virtual delegation to Cameroon is a month of fellow-led activities that engage youth, university students, women leaders and more in STEM. Stay tuned here for more updates, and be sure to follow along on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. #twcameroon