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Sunday, 14 April 2013
KENYA: KIDERO'S WIFE; SUSAN MBOYA ON MAKING IT BIG IN CORPORATE WORLD
KIDERO'S WIFE; SUSAN MBOYA ON MAKING IT BIG IN CORPORATE WORLD It’s a privilege to come from a famous and probably rich family. Some of us wouldn’t work a day in our lives if this kind of luck came our way and we would become versions of Paris Hilton the heiress of the Hilton Hotels. Meet Dr Susan Mboya Kidero. What maybe stands out are her last two names. Kidero and Mboya, she’s been Susan Mboya for long until she acquired her governor husband’s name Kidero in August 2011 when the two tied the knot. Some go ahead to say the most important male influence in a girl’s life is her father. Just take a look at the woman who wowed us in court Kethi kilonzo, and who did she have to learn form? Her father. Her Accomplishments An accomplished woman in her own right, Susan is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where she studied pharmacy. She later went on to earn her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in industrial pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. She was once the global marketing director for Oral B Power Brushing at Proctor & Gamble, and led a team in developing and executing an African American strategic plan for Proctor & Gamble. A woman of accomplishments she has proven to be. Being the recipient of Ebony Magazine’s 5th Annual Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications Corporate Marketing Award and was the first employee of Proctor & Gamble to make it to the American Advertising Foundation’s Hall of Achievement for young professionals under forty. As if that’s not enough, she is an executive for Coca-Cola and just recently she was named to chair Liberty Insurance board. The insurance firm said it tapped Susan Mboya-Kidero, an executive of Coca Cola, to chair its board as Mr Kiereini continues to reduce his presence in corporate Kenya’s boardroom. Dr Mboya-Kidero will join Nelius Kariuki of Kenya Re and Uchumi Supermarkets’ Khadija Mire as the only women serving as chairpersons among the 61 companies listed on the NSE. From a speech during the Alpha Diva Fever Mentorship Luncheon, we gathered this much about Susan Mboya Kidero. What does she believe in? I believe deeply in this ability for an individual, to be powerful beyond measure… as I have seen it played out time after time. As someone who has seen and experienced many disappointments in life, I have often been guilty of “thinking small”,… based on pre-determined measures of my potential. The school you attended. Your grade point average. Your job. Your age. That’s what defines us right? But time and time again, I have seen these paradigms proven wrong; I have seen them ripped to shreds, and put back together in a way that makes them unrecognizable. And most often, I have seen this happen when one individual makes up his or her mind to defy the odds. About her father Tom Mboya. I always knew that my father came from very humble beginnings, and like many of your parents no doubt, worked hard to get through school. My father was educated by catholic priests in his village, and had to drop out of school at 16 in order to work, so he could pay school fees for his younger siblings I don’t know what my father saw, what his vision was. I am sure he expected that these young people, who were going to college as he had never done, would come back to Kenya and form the post independence government, becoming cabinet ministers, vice presidents, university Presidents and so they did. Was she always ambitious? I didn’t have any grand ambitions. I only planned to follow my fellow students into the world, get a job, settle down and get married. To be honest, that’s all I was ever expected to do, and I was perfectly fine with that. But life has a strange way of ignoring what was meant to be and throwing curve balls that you never see coming, and before you know it…you’re so far off course you have to re-chart all over again. When did all that change? Just as I graduated from college the Kenya Government changed hands, and suddenly my comfortable existence was gone. House, cars, everything and my Mom was “retired”. Suddenly I was in graduate school, fending for myself… but as fate would have it, I was offered a teaching assistant-ship, and so became independent of my family, living on my own in Boston at the tender age of 21. There you have it, a successful career woman with beauty and brains to match.