Reinvention Is The Cure

Does it pay to stay exactly who we were a year ago?

By Victoria Ayodeji

27 October 2023

t The Stack World Women and Power Summit, Google led a workshop which explored the power of reinvention and how women can use it to achieve their goals and get out of a career funk.

Whether you're an entrepreneur, a leader in a corporate firm, or someone interested in enhancing your daily problem-solving abilities, reinvention is at the heart of progress.

The world is changing rapidly, and women need to be prepared to reinvent themselves in order to stay ahead of the curve.The Power To Reinvent workshop was sponsored by Google UK and hosted by four remarkable women from the organisation.

Joining the session as workshop facilitators were Google's Strategic Partnerships Lead’s in Diversity Recruiting: Ramat Tejani and Emma McGinty. Ramat and Emma are both passionate about helping others, creating change and playing their part to create workplaces where everyone belongs. Emma's career spans 20 years and as a mother to two young daughters Emma knows first hand the value working parents can bring to business.

As a TEDx speaker, storyteller and the Chief Encouragement Officer at The Inspiration Box - an organisation dedicated to encouraging intentional personal development. Ramat is a pocket cheerleader for anyone that needs it, and believes in the power of helping others to discover, embrace and nurture the truest version of themselves. In their roles at Google both Emma and Ramat ultimately believe in ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background can thrive to their absolute potential.

They were joined by colleague Manija Poulatova, who as the Head of Security and Networking practices leads the pre-sales team of cybersecurity and networking engineering specialists in Google Cloud. She’s worked at Google for over four years helping customers re-design and digitally transform their business securely, in the face of today’s advanced persistent threats.

Also joining as a workshop faciliator was, Google's Creative Business Partner at Kate Munday. Kate is an international speaker and coach who is on a mission to eradicate labels through the power of storytelling. She draws on the learning within her own journey from dyslexia, an introvert who suffers with anxiety, and a professional who hated all forms of speaking, to a now internationally recognised presence and Google’s go-to speaking coach. In their workshop the Google team shared stories of how they have successfully reinvented themselves and provided practical tips and strategies for women who are looking to do the same.

The discussion focused on the transformative concept of reinvention and its significance for career development, particularly in a rapidly changing world. During this uplifting workshop, the Google team provided valuable guidance to our members, helping them cultivate a creative mindset and understand the power of reinvention. Here are some of the key takeaways from the discussion:

Google's Culture of Innovation: The panel shared how Google's dynamic culture and commitment to innovation and diversity inspire them to reimagine their roles within the company and amplify their presence.

Adaptability and Innovation: The importance of adaptability and the necessity of innovation at work were highlighted through powerful personal stories of reinvention shared by the Google team.

Community: The discussion emphasised the reasons for leveraging the power of community on one's career development journey, emphasising that cultivating a strong support network is integral as the power of reinvention is not a solo venture.

Career Reinvention: Practical insights were shared on how to reinvent yourself on your career path, whether you are moving into a new role or experiencing unexpected career changes.

Shaping Personal Brands: They also discussed how they have used the power of reinvention to completely reshape their personal brands, both inside and outside the workplace.

The world is evolving at an unprecedented pace, and women must be prepared to reinvent themselves to stay ahead of the curve. For those who couldn't attend this workshop in person, you can watch the replay on Stack TV.

Photos courtesy of Kiran Gidda.

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