#005 – Fabiola on Recognizing Important Moments and Leveraging Them to Build – Part 1

On this episode, I speak with Fabiola Mizero and we had so much fun that we went overtime, and I split the episode in 2. For today, we will talk about Fabiola’s background, and how a spark that was ignited once she started volunteering Montreal led her to being very active and creating organizations.

01:15 – Fabiola introduces herself, the countries she’s lived in, the different activities that she is involved in from fundraising to consulting – and why she calls herself an activist

05:00 – How a spark was ignited once Fabiola helped at an event, and started wondering what else she could be doing

[What are the other things that I’m good at, that I don’t even know? – Fabiola]

10:45 – How the African Student Association at Université de Montreal was created as a response to an incident on campus, and the lack of a safe space

16:45 – How the student activities that Fabiola was involved in led to her getting the jobs she did

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist]

22:00 – On unpaid internships and how they disqualify people immediately, and on the importance of building a network through activities

31:00 – On the importance of mentorship, and how Fabiola grew her relationships organically

35:00 – How Imposter Syndrome and Dyslexia led to moments of doubt, and how Fabiola works to overcome them

[There’s power in saying that you don’t know something, and it allows others as well to say they don’t know either – Fabiola]

I hope that you enjoyed part 1 of our conversation. Come back next week for Part 2, where we will talk about what she does exactly in her day to day life, her work with Oxfam, as well as tips and tricks on how to take care of ourselves.

Check out: AfrikaWaly, COCo – The Centre for Community Organizations

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[In the meantime keep striving, keep thriving, and keep shining!]

Michaella

#004 – Kiga on the Art of Mastering Storytelling

In this episode, I’m speaking with Landry Kigabiro, also known as Kiga – and I can’t wait for you to hear about his experience in music and art, and his transition from being a DJ to producing music.

02:00 – Kiga introduces himself, when he knew he wanted to be a DJ, and why he DJs

11:00 –  The shift into producing to expand his vision and his artistry through Kuruza, and the difference between a beatmaker, a producer, and an executive producer

21:00 – Advice to other artists on how they can differentiate themselves from others

24:00 – On mastering the art of storytelling, and how that led to the creation of a clothing line

29:00 – How him wanting to be a great father, influences how he approaches life today

32:00 – How he finds inspiration when he is stuck, and his goals for the next couple of years

36:00 – Mots de la fin, lessons learned and additional advice: May we all be free and find peace!

Follow Landry on Instagram, Mixcloud, Facebook, Twitter @kigaland, and his party Kuruza on Instagram and Spotify

Follow his clothing line, @mwami.co

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What did you think of the episode? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments, and if you liked it – share it with your friends 🙂

[In the meantime keep striving, keep thriving, and keep shining!]

Michaella

#003 – Gisele on How & Why We Need More Black People in Tech – Part 2

Last week in Part 1, Gisele told us about how she got introduced to the world of technology and hackathons. This week, we continue talking about how the need for more Black People in Tech, especially Africans, and how we can claim our space in this industry.

03:30 –  Gisele goes on to talk about having diversity as the core of your company and how hiring people in your network can become a constraint to hiring diverse teams

07:30 – Stepping out to create a community of hackatons in Europe as a Black woman

10:30 – On the need for us to be present in these spaces, including conferences whether we are creating them or joining existing ones

23:00 –  Recommendations on how to get involved in the tech space, i.e. challenge-driven hackathons

[You don’t have to be the person with the technical skills, you can find partners and build together]

31:00 –  Technology is a tool to resolve problems, everybody can therefore build a tech company!

Follow Gisele on Instagram and Twitter: GiseleIKarekezi

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What did you think of the episode? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments, and if you liked it – share it with your friends 🙂

[In the meantime keep striving, keep thriving, and keep shining!]

Michaella

#001 – Intro: Why I started Jase avec Moi

Hello everyone,

Jase avec Moi means Chat with Me in Québécois French. In this trailer, I explain why I am starting this podcast and what I hope to achieve with it.

At times, it feels lonely to be a young Black woman in Corporate America/Canada. As a third culture kid (TCK), I have learned to analyze and observe the world around me, trying to find the best way to fit in.

This podcast is for me, for us to share our experiences, the wins and the losses, to create a community where we are encouraged and empowered to keep pushing for more.

Keep striving, keep thriving, and keep shining!

Michaella

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#002 – Gisele on How Technology Can Help Change the World – Part 1

 

On this episode I speak with Gisele Karekezi, one of my long time friends and we discuss how she went from a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and African Studies to the Technology world.

01:45 – Gisele’s initial interest in science and how the Obama election influenced her views on politics and media representation

06:00 –  How she kinda fell into a hackathon to organizing the largest wearables and IoT (internet of things) hackathon.

10:45 – We talk about how you can be in the tech world, without being a software engineer, and how access to information is everything!

12:30 – The importance of having a digital footprint, owning your story, and reaching your audience digitally.

19:00 – How she transitioned from organizing a hackathon into doing it full-time, and how volunteering can help you build your brand and expand your network

23:00 – Your passport matters

[Luck is when Preparation Meets Opportunity]

26:00 – Working for early stage startups gives you agency and you can see how your decisions impact the organization directly

29:00 – What motivates and drives her, and how we can take it and try to apply it to an “African” context

35:00 – On the importance of having people say our last names and some of the challenges that Gisele has experienced in the space

Tune in next Wednesday for Part 2, where Gisele will continue speaking about why we need more Black people, especially Africans, in technology.

Follow Gisele on Instagram and Twitter: GiseleIKarekezi

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What did you think of the episode? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments, and if you liked it – share it with your friends 🙂

Keep striving, keep thriving, and keep shining!

Michaella

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