I welcomed Valentina Coco on the Raw Stories Podcast and I am simply in awe of her! She is the chief connection diversity and story telling officer of Coco Consulting and Coaching. She is an experienced leader with an engineer mindset and a passion for making connections and making things happen.
As a purpose driven leader and mental health advocate she knows first hand how important community, inclusion and finding your own purpose is for a balanced life - and that’s why she decided to dedicate her energy to this mission.
Her podcast - https://open.spotify.com/show/0F6ki7sqp1GBUuhHO5CY6B
Her consultancy - https://www.linkedin.com/company/coco-consulting-and-coaching/
People, you are going to need shoes when listening to this episode of the Raw Stories Podcast! My guest, Thuba Sibanda is shattering glass ceilings! Her dream is to run sport in the world, listen to this episode and you will understand why she will!
Thuba is a TEDx speaker, Obama Leader 2019, FIFA Master and FIFA women’s football technical expert. She is the Program Director at Physically Active Youth Namibia, a sport for development organisation operating in marginalised and informal communities of Namibia. Thuba is the Head Coach of the University of Namibia women's football team and a passionate speaker and advocate for female empowerment and leadership in sport. Her story starts in the township of Mpopoma in Zimbabwe. It is one of valiantly thriving to make a difference and breaking the status quo in a society that desperately needs it.
Off the sports wagon, she dons caps as a writer, blogger and consultant in strategy, project management and leadership. Brilliant is an understatement, she is pure magic!
Website - http://thubasibanda.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thubasibandastory/
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/thubaelihle-sibanda-85997a63/
Nanjitaswa Banda is the Founder of Dignity Africa Foundation an organisation aimed at restoring the lives of people who are suffering emotional, Mental, Physical and social trauma and bring them to a place of healing to live a life of dignity, inner peace and joy. Nanji is nearing the end of her studies in theology and is writing a book focusing on her life and journey.
In this podcast she opens up about her journey and how she has battled depression. She talks about post-natal depression as well as how she battled with smiling depression. One day she made a decision that she thought would end it all. Everything was in place and then something unexpected happened.
Website - https://dignityafricafoundation.co.zw/about/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/dignityafricafoundation
This week's episode is with Dorcas Dube who is an award-winning Marketing and Communications professional. She has been recognized in the top 4 Youth Wonders in South Africa. She is passionate about Human Rights, Humanitarian Work and Social Justice. She believes that the world can be a better place if we work together as one to add value to communities, solve issues such as poverty, inequality and an ailing education system therefore active citizenship/advocacy is key.
This woman is on one mission - to leave the world better than she found it and she has taken incredible strides to get there!! Her story is that of growth, ambition and never giving up!
In this episode, Anna Stando shares her story openly for the very first time! It is one of strength, overcoming, growing and healing. The lessons that she shares are not to be missed.
Who is Anna? She is a Diversity and Inclusion Professional working at Advance Gender Equality in Business, a Lean In Leader, and board member at an organisation called Capacity. Her experience spans across 7 countries in three continents, impressive!
She is a mum first and most recently has newly found interest in entrepreneurship, having founded Baby Miles. She wears these multiple hats with grace and elegance.
Company Website - https://babymiles.ch
I am not sure I know anyone as strong as Chengetai Mukuku. Growing up in a culture that hardly recognises depression as a real sickness. She opens up about the first time she attempted suicide at just 11 years old. It took 20 years after losing our mum for her to open up and start speaking to a counsellor that has helped her work through the pain.
One thing that is clear from speaking to Chengetai is that many times in life, our pain point becomes our ministry. She is the Head of Accounting and Finance at SwiZim Trust and we are so glad we can depend on her expertise. She is also the genius behind our child headed homes projects because she knows what it is like to head a home as a child.
She shares her story and offers anyone struggling with depression to reach out to her. I am in awe of your strength Chenge, thank you for sharing your story and for talking about a topic that is often swept under the rug.
The last three months since launching the Raw Stories Podcast have been incredible. I have shared about my life, my husband joined and we talked about our journey as a couple. I have had six incredible guests, all of them multi-passionate creatives. In this podcast I extract the main lessons from the conversations so far. I also explain the difference between a jack of all trades and a multi-passionate creative! I enjoyed this and I know you will too. If you haven't been able to listen to all the podcasts, this is your fix. All the lessons consolidated in 13mins 50seconds!
I will continue to share raw stories with you every 2 weeks and already excited! Thank you for listening, I appreciate you!
Dinah Mahlabegoane is an influencer, traveller, social media entrepreneur and a renowned businesswoman. She helps women build and market their brands so that they can create a life they love. She holds an MBA in music and creative industries. Has work for multiple companies including DSTV and SABC in South Africa.
Although she grew up in a poverty environment, she always took advantage of opportunities that she came across. She also learned to overcome obstacles and beat the odds along the way. She now inspires people around the world to do the same.
She has a high energy persona and inspirational teaching style which is why she is known as #Berekamosadi. Over the years she has trained professionals to achieve new levels of sucess. She is passionate about working with winners to actualise their full potential.
She has been featured in various publications including True Love, PrimeTV Zambia, Capricorn FM, Radio 2000 to name the few.. She is also a resident judge on a game plan TV show on SABC 2 in South Africa.
Website - https://thedination.com
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/dinahmahlabegoane/
I have not had my mind blown on this level in a very long time. This conversation with Melanie Kalberer (Meli) on the Raw Stories Podcast completely changed how I view life!
Meli is a multi-passionate creative. She started her career in a bank in Zurich in 2007 and this job gives her the financial stability to pursue all her passions. She decided to seek more from life and pursued dancing, first as a hobby and now at a professional level. She has also studied and became a yoga teacher and has opened the Mas Energy Centre. Alongside, she is studying a degree in Applied Languages in Zurich.
Her foundation is love – it comes first for her. Love for her boyfriend, her family, friends and for her dog.
When Meli was training for her dancing exam – she needed to put in 25hrs of practice for a whole year. That makes a staggering 1’300hrs of training...for a 2hr performance/exam. Listen to what she has to say about this.
You can find all her work and projects under https://instabio.cc/happymeli
William Kachere is a serial entrepreneur that left Australia to build up his life back home, in Zimbabwe. He owns several start-ups with a global network system of partners and friends. Willard’s companies are in distribution, finance, transport, sport, entertainment and in the tech industry.
Behind every success story are obstacles to be overcome. He is a master at what he does and his story is one of both taking and creating opportunities wherever he goes. It is one that shows the power of the right mindset and the takeaways are filled with wisdom!
A conversation about how Pragati Siddhanti left India and moved to Switzerland as a trailing spouse. The decision was hard to make as it meant leaving everything behind (family, friends, an accelerating career and a social circle) and starting over. Hers is a story of being deliberate about her adaptation and pursuing her passions.
At 20, as she was walking up the stairs, Michelina Chindiya realised that she was struggling to breathe, her blood pressure had sky rocketed and she did not feel good. 20kgs had crept up in a space of 2-3years making her weight unhealthy. She decided to do something about it. In this podcast she shares her story and some key takeaways on how to approach goals.
In this episode we talk about our love story and what it means for us to have a relationship that celebrates both the Zimbabwean and Swiss Cultures. In the end, my guest and husband shares some incredible take-away lessons.
I have been reflecting on the crooked path that brought me here after being featured in a project highlighting “50 Young African Women Achievers”. This first episode is a high level of my life story as well as some lessons drawn from my journey.