Resilience Is Your New Reality

A discussion on the power of resilience and of overcoming challenges

By Victoria Ayodeji

27 October 2023

re you tired of having to be resilient all the time? Or do you struggle to get through life’s ups and downs? Resilience is a quality that often goes unnoticed, but it's a force that can move mountains, both in our personal and professional lives. Emma Bates and Abadesi Osunsade, two outstanding leaders in their respective fields, hosted an intimate Diem salon discussion on The Power To Be Resilient at the Stack World Women & Power Summit.

As the Founder & CEO of Hustle Crew and co-host of the Techish podcast, Abadesi Osunsade is no stranger to accolades. She has been honored with titles such as Computer Weekly's "Most Influential Women in Tech" and the Financial Times' "Top 100 Influential Leaders in Tech." Her dedication to success in the tech world is both impressive and inspiring.

Emma Bates is the CEO, and co-founder of Diem and is on a mission to bridge the gender information gap and foster genuine connections through innovative technology. Emma opened Diem, a social network for women and gender nonbinary individuals, to a waitlist of 20,000. Nearly half signed up right away. As a social search engine powered by community conversations & AI, Diem is a dedicated space to search, collect and discover information, inspired by how women have been passing knowledge for centuries. Diem connects knowledgeable hosts with users to discuss topics like birth control and toxic masculinity in an environment less conducive to harassment than traditional social media outlets. Her approach to marketing, partnerships, and community building has earned her recognition, including a spot on Forbes 30 Under 30 list. As Emma described, Diem salons are inspired by the gatherings of women who came before us and are designed to offer a secure environment where taboo topics can be discussed openly. They are dedicated to providing a safe space for women to connect, share knowledge, and inspire one another.

Here’s a recap of Emma and Abadesi’s salon session:

Exploring The Different Forms of Resilience: The hosts encouraged members to delve into the various forms that resilience can take. Sharing personal stories and offering advice from their career journeys as women in entrepreneurship, the group created a supportive safe space for the women in attendance to open up about their experiences and use thier stories to help each other overcome personal and professional challenges.

Understanding When to Push Through And When To Rest: Resilience doesn't mean pushing through every obstacle blindly. Emma and Abadesi taught participants to recognise when it's essential to be resilient and persevere, as well as when it's vital to rest and set boundaries for self-care.

The Power of a Diem Salon: The salon discussion was a unique experience for many who attended. It was an extension of Diem’s mission to empower women through powerful community conversations. The discussion was a testament to the strength of the Stack World community, where members came together to share their stories of resilience and determination, inspiring others to continue fostering a supportive and empowering community.

Abadesi's words reflect the importance of this conversation: "For me, a talk about resilience is a talk about surviving in an industry that has often made me feel like I have no right to be there. I have faced animosity from every kind of person…so I do my best to share what I have learned unfiltered, so other brave and ambitious folks can navigate the minefield that is the workplace."

For those who couldn't attend this session in person, you can now watch the replay of the session on Stack TV.

Photos courtesy of Kiran Gidda.

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