For the past decade, women in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East have been telling us they did’t know where to turn for culturally relevant career or business advice. The majority of available advice was created by Western women in developed countries; women in these emerging markets were hungry for more relatable examples. Professional development is most widely available available through (expensive) conferences and training. For the busy, working woman, these options aren’t always practical or accessible.
The Way Women Work began in 2010 to give ambitious women in growth economies the culturally relevant career and business advice they were looking for. Through three main components – our book UNDETERRED, international speaking engagements or webinars, and expert advice (online, free and self-led) and through coaching with founder, Rania Anderson we help bridge the gap between women’s education (graduating from university) and success at work, guiding them to advance to the highest level of leadership. We exist to accelerate their career and business success.
Educated women in growth economies are the largest pool of untapped talent in the world. They are entering the global workforce at higher rates than ever before. They have the potential to lift and transform the global economy if they create jobs, innovate, and lead. Yet, most companies haven’t yet figured out how to harness their potential. We know that when women share their successes with one another, they encourage ALL women to succeed. Lastly, we believe that the global economy will only thrive when women participate equally at every level with men. All of these reasons – as well as Rania’s personal story below – make up why we work to equip ambitious, educated women for success. Our goal is to unleash their economic potential!
Originally from the Middle East, Rania Habiby Anderson is the leading expert on the professional advancement of business women in developing and emerging economies. She has more than 30 years of experience as a former corporate leader, executive coach, entrepreneur, international speaker and angel investor. Fluent in English with conversational fluency in Arabic and Spanish, she is known for her refreshing and different approach to helping women get ahead – whether in speaking in corporate settings, at conferences or to university students. Her award-winning book, UNDETERRED: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies is available in both English and Spanish. See recent Press, her Speaking & Media Kit, and brief interview in this News 24 clip.
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The first time I remember having this question, I was 11 or 12 years old. It continued to haunt me for most of my life.
Why did I, and some girls, have the opportunity to study and apply our education, while so many other girls from my part of the world and other developing countries, did not have the same opportunities?
There had to be reason.
I grew up, literally and figuratively speaking, in the desert. I grew up in the Middle East, a place where it was and often still is difficult for women to have the unencumbered freedom and empowerment to seek career and business success. Yet, just like seeing water in an oasis, I also saw (and still see) examples of highly-educated women who have careers and businesses and who even in the 1970s, had figured a way to have what they wanted.
Like many of the women I’ve met, and who you’ll meet here, my family and especially my father believed in me. He often said that the greatest gift he could give his children was the gift of education. And so, I had the opportunity when I was 16 years old to attend university in the United States. One of my professors in my Masters program at Georgetown University was former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. That was my first hand experience with a woman who had achieved the highest level of success in her field.
After graduate school, I began a career in banking working for two institutions which ultimately became part of Bank of America. At the fast growing bank, I had many training, development and job opportunities. Delivering results and with the guidance of mentors and sponsors, I enjoyed fast track career progression. I left the corporate world in 1997 to start and grow a business consulting and executive coaching practice. Over time, I focused my coaching, work, volunteer efforts and mentoring exclusively on women.
All these experiences led me to answer that question that had continued to nag at me.The answer was that educated women who have opportunities are supposed to clear paths to enable more women to succeed.
This is why, in 2010, I created The Way Women Work, the first online career guidance platform for women in growth economies. My expertise, experiences, education and heritage, have prepared me to share culturally relevant career and business advice with you. Throughout my life, no matter where I was, I have always seen women succeeding – so here, we focus on the ways women succeed, not on what’s holding them back.
Take a look around. You’ll find advice, tools and inspiration from me, and women like you, all around the world. If you’d like to have me come speak at your company or event contact me here.
When I met Rania in 2011, I was going through my first career crisis. We hit it off immediately, and I couldn’t believe my good fortune. She helped me through my first-ever salary negotiation, and even through difficult changes at work after that. She was a lifesaver, and we began a lifelong friendship/working relationship.
In 2012, I took a leap and started my own consulting business. It was then I began to work part-time for The Way Women Work. I got to interview women all over the world on Skype and on email, write their stories, and build our diverse community online. We even traveled to Brazil and Argentina in 2013 to interview amazing corporate women and entrepreneurs for her groundbreaking book, UNDETERRED.
It has been an incredible privilege to be a part of The Way Women Work, and help develop and grow its brand, marketing strategy, and connect personally with so many women who are also pursuing dreams and the life they imagine. Even today as I write this, I never stop feeling inspired from the women we have met and written about on this site and in the book. Now, unlike when I began in 2012, I am working mom and breadwinner for my family – I hold so many of the stories we’ve gathered and the advice the women have shared even more closely! It is from them and Rania that I have learned tips about how to best blend work and life, and create my own definitions of success.
I started my career at an international global nonprofit called Water.org in 2008 when they weren’t yet known and I convinced them to let me intern and show them what I was made of. In 2012, when I started at The Way Women Work, I also began part-time work for a cybersecurity software company called SpiderOak, where I now work full-time as the Chief Communications Officer.
In each role I’ve had, it’s always been important to me to be passionate, challenged, and keep growing and learning in my career. It’s a privilege and what drives me. I feel so thankful that I met Rania when I did, and now I get to watch her speak to other women all over the world and impact their lives and careers in the same way she has mine. It’s a honor to support her a little bit still, and further the important and trailblazing work she is doing.
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I am passionate about women working together to develop their visions and professional goals.
Growing up in remote Uzbekistan, I was acutely aware of the ways my English education opened unique opportunities. After transitioning into high school in Istanbul, Turkey, I developed a strong interest in languages and began studying Turkish as well as Farsi and Tajik. A few years later, I began studying Arabic in Jordan during my undergraduate years, then continued studying with Saudi friends that I met during my Master’s program in Intercultural Communication at Southern Illinois University.
Before coming to The Way Women Work, I was running a small women’s mentoring and tutoring business in Southern Illinois that worked with small groups and individuals to navigate the U.S. educational system, strengthen English language skills, and bridge cultural gaps. One of my greatest thrills is being able to use my skills and access behind the scenes to help women overcome the obstacles between them and their passions.
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