The #FAWomanSeries is brought to you courtesy of Bestie Network Africa and Corporate Bestie Limited in celebration of women attendees of previous FemPower Africa events who are making a difference with their lives, businesses, and careers.
ABOUT MARY C. THOMAS
Mary C Thomas is a believer, a digital marketer,Copywriter and business support consultant with a passion for impact . She helps individuals,brands and startups gain clarity and support on their growth process to become global brands.
She functions as a trainer, facilitator and coach for partners of international organizations such as Google and Facebook on the Grow with Google project and Facebook Boost Your Business project respectively. In these projects, she has trained over 2000 youths and business owners in digital marketing and business development. Mary C. Thomas has also supported businesses; as a volunteer, mentor and coach to emerge and grow through globally supported community platforms such as StartupWeekend, Startup Nigeria project, NICOP-SEDIN GIZ Project, Google Business Group ABA, Google My Business Project, Digitize Africa Project and others. She works for Innovation Growth Hub and is currently the Co-lead, Google Business Group, Aba.
Mary is an avid volunteer for organizations and events centered around girl-child, youth/women development and empowerment like Bestie Network Africa,Manifest Africa, Technovation Iridescent, Live Your Dreams Africa,e.t.c.
She is a co-founder of Leather-it Africa,a green innovative company that recycles waste leather.
When she is not working or training, she loves brainstorming on how to make her community a better place by helping entrepreneurs around her and supporting community development programs like her project, Orphans2code.
She loves being in church ,travelling , networking and drinking yoghurt!
WHAT YEAR DID YOU ATTEND FEMPOWER AFRICA AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THE CONFERENCE?
Having volunteered and attended Fempower conferences, I have learnt the importance of consistent personal development, how to maximize opportunities and the value of mentorship, valuable and profitable relationships.
I have also learnt how to position myself for international opportunities as a person of value.
WHAT DOES FEMALE EMPOWERMENT (FEMPOWER) MEAN TO YOU?
Female Empowerment to me means creating an enabling environment and providing adequate resources for women and girls to thrive. Female empowerment means global empowerment because the female man is the key to global emancipation, given that she builds from the smallest unit of the society; the family up to the largest unit.
Fempower events have provided this by changing the normal narrative, bringing women together and providing them with all the resources they need; from mental to social to financial resources, to allow them to live the best version of their lives.
WHAT ADVICE/TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG BUSINESS/CAREER WOMEN, TO HELP THEM BUILD AND MAINTAIN VALUABLE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER WOMEN?
For young business/career women,my advice will be:
1. Love God
2. Love and believe in yourself
3. Seek to learn and improve everyday
4. Seek collaboration over competition
5. Get a mentor and don’t be scared to ask questions
6. Attend Fempower events and volunteer
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION?
My biggest inspiration is the knowledge that God is my Father and because of this, I am limitless. I get inspired by successful women – Women who are breaking limitations to be the best versions of themselves while creating an impact. The women of Bestie Network Africa inspire me.