International Women’s Day: Chizoba Wonodi on the importance of a good mentor

Dr. Chizoba Wonodi,
Nigeria Country Director

By: Wambui Munge, Gavi

Originally published on Gavi.org

WHAT CHALLENGE HAVE YOU BEEN GRAPPLING WITH AND HOW ARE YOU TACKLING IT?


Lack of mentorship earlier on in my career was one of the biggest challenges I faced. Years ago, I made a mid-career change and relocated from my country to the US to pursue further education and a career in public health. I worked in a very supportive organization; however, it was a fast-paced and high-pressure environment with its own currency for advancement.

While juggling the multiple roles of student, worker, mom, and wife, in a new setting, I found myself merely treading water with lots of motion but little movement. To avoid stagnation, it is very important for women, especially women of color and African women in international positions to find mentors who can guide, encourage, challenge, and cheer them on as they set out on their journey.

Read the full interview, published on Gavi.org