#inspiredbystories

Iwani Mawocha

In one sentence: What motivates you?

I am fortunate to be surrounded by incredibly driven women and it is their successes (and spectacular Instagram posts) that push me to work harder.

In two sentences: In your opinion, why do diversity and digitalization belong together?

Digitalization requires innovation, which cannot come from uniformity. The experiences of a few cannot meet the needs of everyone, and with people across the world staking claim in the digital sphere, we need women, people of color, and disabled people more than ever to be the ones creating and shaping the digital world.

In three sentences: Do you have a role model? If yes, who and why?

The best advice I ever received was to “be the woman you needed when you were younger.” Sometimes I reflect on all the self-doubt, on every time I let go of dreams and interests because I was made to believe that it was not my place to be on screen, at the head of an organisation, a computer science major, or even in my 11th grade physics class, and I wish there had been someone to show me that I could not only belong but thrive. My role model is that woman I needed—she is the woman I hope to become.

Your tip for newcomers and young talent:

It is far too easy to feel intimidated by age or stature, to think that you’re less knowledgeable, capable, or incredible, or use it as a reason to stop trying. If they had all the answers, they would have solved all the world’s problems by now! You hold all the potential to change the world so never stop believing in yourself.

Your favorite social media channel:

Twitter

Your favorite App:

Spotify

A book that changed your life:

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. My mother gave it to me when I was 12 and told me it was time I “stop reading ‘pink’ books!” In two days, I practically inhaled the book, and I’ve been pushing myself ever since.

What is your goal for 2019?

To get a purple belt in Taekwondo.