Last Saturday Eve Woman was invited to the Mums in Business Forum at the Emory Hotel, Nairobi. This was a timely event since the following day was Mother’s Day. Timely because as the day dedicated solely to paying attention to mothers, the forum provided just that, a way for mothers to be the centre of attention if only for a few hours.
The aim of the forum was to help mothers who are business owners network. Guest speakers from different field were invited to give tidbits on how women can improve their businesses.
It was refreshing to see so many women who followed their passions and started businesses, some who were still employed. It was evident that the side hustle wasn’t relegated to the side. Instead, it was given due attention and allowed to flourish.
#MumsInBusiness Follow your passion - Denis#Eve #EveWomanKenya #MothersDay pic.twitter.com/ang4slbAmn— EveWoman (@EveWomanKenya) May 11, 2019
Mothers who do it all
Many of the businesswomen present said that they played multiple roles; they were employed, business owners, mothers, wives and home managers, all rolled into one. The secret to doing it all? Sleeping 6 hours, managing their time well and for some, their spouses helped them out.
However, Dr Patricia King’ori stressed the importance of getting enough rest to prevent burnout.
Dr Patricia King’ori, who held a senior position at Samsung Electronics before going into business fulltime, gave an insightful presentation giving advice to women who want to get into business and those who have already established their businesses so that they can take them to the next level.
“Stay focused. Stay determined. Believe in yourself,” were her final words.
On matters finance, Elizabeth Waithaka of Attique African emphasized the importance of having a personal and family budget, living within your means and having savings.
#MumsInBusiness Eve Magazine Editor Christine Koech and Writer Michelle Langi at the Mums in Business Forum #Eve #EveWomanKenya #MothersDay pic.twitter.com/l0Z4nC1PIk— EveWoman (@EveWomanKenya) May 11, 2019
All in all, the Mums for Business Forum provides a platform for mothers to interact, share their stories and get useful feedback to their queries. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter (under Serado Media).