Book Review: Pivoting in Heels by Carole Mandi

This book features interviews of powerful women who are industry leaders in Kenya and how they cope with the Covid-19 pandemic as they steer their firms.

The interviews also tackle topics on technology, pre and post-Covid 19 world and overall leadership,

The book begins with a foreword from the first Lady of Kenya Hon. Margaret Kenyatta and features, notable industry leaders such as Energy Champion, the KenGen MD & CEO Rebecca Miano, Isuzu East Africa Boss Rita Kavashe, BOC’s Marion Gathoga-Mwangi, EABL’s Jane Karuku, KAM CEO Phyllis Wakiaga, Absa Bank’s Elizabeth Wasunna, TIFA’s Maggie Ireri among others.

Lucia Musau – CEO African Elite Group

These women are drawn from diverse worlds; the financial industry, telecoms, the beauty and fashion industry, the motor and beverage industry and research etc.

The author, Carole Mandi is renowned media personality and publisher and has put in work in this glossy covered magazine.

She is the owner of the famous glossy magazine True Love, which brought back to life.

The 100-paged book, is a good companion, a great coffee table book.

Apart from the brief interview, the book also contains over 40 quotable quotes from the women leaders; all their pictures are taken in white dresses.

Desperate times do not just call for desperate measures but for focused and courageous leaders who arc willing to pave the way in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. There has been no other time in recent history when the quality of leadership was collectively tested in the furnace of a global crisis as in zozo.

This high quality and glossy coffee table book is a collector’s item. It features the journeys of women CEOs and business leaders in Kenya and how they coped with the pandemic from a personal and professional perspective. It is an inspiration keepsake that celebrates all that women did right when the world was falling apart on several levels.

Other industry leaders mentioned include;

Priscilla Muhiu, General Manager, Glovo Kenya, Navalayo Osembo-Ombati, CEO and Co-founder, Enda Sportswear, Nancy Matimu, Managing Director, Multichoice Kenya, Nana Wanjau, COO, Commonwealth Business Women Network (CBWN), and Chairperson CBWN Kenya, Monicah W. Nduru, Head of Broadcasting, Nation Media Group Plc, Mary Muthoni, CEO, Women in Business Network, Mary Ngechu, Group CEO, Line Plast Group, Martha Huro Gitau, Managing Director, East Africa at Transsnet Music Ltd, Lina Githuka, Managing Director, Kenya Wine Agencies Limited (KWAL),  Lizzie Muthoni Wanyoike, CEO and Founder, NIBS Technical College, The Emory Hotel, Lizzie Wanyoike Preparatory School, Kendi Ntwiga, County Manager, Microsoft Kenya, Dr. Joyce N. Gikunda, Founder and Managing Director, Lintons Beauty World, Joyce Anne Wainaina, Managing Director, Global Subsidiaries Group for Citibank, Sub Sahara Africa, Joanne Mwangi – Yelbert , CEO and Founder, PMS Group Limited, Jeddidah Thotho, Country Manager, Bata Shoe Kenya Plc.

Sally Sawe, Managing Director, Scanda and J Walter Thompson Kenya, Somoina Kimojino, General Manager, Homboyz Radio, Stella W. Njunge, Managing Director, AIG Kenya, Suzie Wokabi, Founder and Chief Creative of Suize Wokabi, Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer Officer and Safaricom, Jackee Ombajo, CEO, True Blaq Ltd, Flora Mutahi, Founder and CEO, Melvin Marsh International Limited, Eunice Nyala, Executive Coach, Founder and CEO, Etiquette Xllent Co. Ltd; Founder and CEO Yeva Group; Chairperson Kenya Association of Women Business Owners, Dorothy Ooko, Head of Communications & Public Affairs, Google, Carole J Kimutai, Managing Editor, Digital at Standard Media Group, Caroline Kariuki, Chief Executive Officer, KEPSA, Carole Kinoti, CEO & Founder, Carole Kinoti Brands Limited

Brenda Mbathi, CEO, GE, East Africa, Dr. Betty Addero Radier, CEO, Kenya Tourism Board, Dr Beatrice Lukose, Founder, iMotivat Solutions Ltd, CEO Wealthfest Africa, Bertha Navuri Mvatu, Managing Director, Vaell Kenya, Annette Kimitei, Managing Director, Senaca E.A Ltd, Alice Mwai, Managing Director, Resolution Insurance and Agnes Gathaiya, Country Director, Google, East Africa

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