Our alumnus of the week is Tsitsi Mutendi, Founding editor and managing director of Jewel Magazine and DanTs Media respectively. Tsitsi travelled to the United States as part of the 2013 Fortune/State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Program. The program connects talented, emerging women leaders from all over the world with members of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders.
The program begins with an orientation in Washington, D.C., where mentees meet with senior women leaders in government, business, academia, civil society and the media. Participants are then paired with one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders from international companies in cities across the United States. At the end of the mentorship, emerging leaders reconvene in New York City to collectively reflect on their experience and discuss future leadership opportunities
During the program, Tsitsi spent a month working with Evelyn Webster of Time INC. “The time spend with Evelyn and at Time inc helped me immensely and contributed towards the growth of my business,” she says. However, more important was her visit to Washington DC where she realised how much of a difference she could make in her community.
As Founding Editor of Jewel magazine, Tsitsi says her experience in the U.S. has enabled her to gain confidence in mentoring other young women entrepreneurs. As such she has spoken at several public fora as well as giving motivational talks to young entrepreneurs. A fan of digital technology and new media, Tsitsi is also keenly pursuing “opportunities for developing women in business and effective ways of encouraging business growth and stimulating participation of grassroots women.”
“My business has developed due to the insights I gained from my study tour,” says Tsitsi. “I managed to secure major contracts and expand the scopes of my thought processes.”