How A Girl Who Struggled To Be Heard At Her Work Place Made Her Way To Hold Top Management Position

At just 17, Yasmine Hammound joined a top disturbing equipment firm for industries and Mines in Conakry as a trainee. At a young age, the Guinean nationality struggled to make her voice heard in the company. Nevertheless, giving up was never part of her goal, she stayed motivated to work hard to smash the glass ceiling– that many women face in the corporate world. Today, she is the Head of Operations –at the firm leading a team of older men been the majority.
Her exceptional management skills have been a lifesaver to the company during this pandemic.
This year’s celebration is around a theme# Choose to Challenge calling for women and everyone to challenge by calling out bias and gender inequality.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Sisters Show had a chat with Yasmine who shared abouth her journey. We are inspired by her story and we hope you too will be.

The Sisters Show

Thank you for taking the time to take to us. First, tell us your story and how did your career start?

Yasmine Hammound

I am Yasmine Hammoud, I’m turning 22 this month, (March) I was born and raised in Guinea Conakry where I still live. I started my career in September 2016, after completing my studies, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work which I’ve grabbed without a second thought and since then, being of service has been my main goal.

The Sisters Show

You started your first job at 17 and years later you are leading a team of men being the majority, share with us your challenges and how you overcame them.

Yasmine Hammound

My biggest challenge was to make myself heard at a young age among older and more experienced men I had to deal with. Nevertheless, I did not act as I know already everything, I stayed on my own so that the respect was shared and I could learn from them, soon after they trusted me and it boosted my self-confidence.

The Sisters Show

In your opinion, how do our mindsets have an impact on gender equality?

Yasmine Hammound

From what I’ve noticed, when it comes to the topic of gender equality, there is often a resistance towards embracing it and talk about change since it is still a big part of who most of us are, so there is still a long way to go but I’m optimistic that it will happen eventually.

The Sisters Show
IWD theme this year is #choose to challenge, what does this mean to you?

Yasmine Hammound
To me, the #ChooseToChallenge is to challenge myself continue to spread the subject of gender equality around me so that people will embrace it and it becomes more widespread for the betterment of generations to come especially girls.

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