2018 She Leads College – 5 Quick Questions with Hani Abdile

23 February 2018

Jessica Abramovic

Jessica is the Communications and Events Coordinator at YWCA Canberra.

The She Leads College Conference, taking place on Thursday 22 March, is a one-day event for girls in years 11 and 12, equipping participants with the practical skills and knowledge they need to become confident leaders. This year, we have an amazing line-up of inspiring young women who will discuss their pathways as trailblazers. Today, we chat to Hani Abdile, an amazing keynote speaker.

Hani Abdile is a writer and spoken word poet based in Sydney, who found healing in writing poetry. She is an honorary member of PEN International, a lead writer for the Writing Through Fences group, and has received numerous awards for her community work and many achievements. Hani has performed around Sydney poetry scene which makes her heart beat endless for the love and happiness that poetry brings. Her first book, I Will Rise was published in 2016 by Writing through Fences, and with power of the spoken words, she wants to shape the world with just pen and paper.

Describe your leadership journey in 30 words or less.

I set a vision that motives me, but also inspires my fellow people to reach their visions. I believe the leadership journeys take a while, but agreeing and listening with my own inner thoughts has made my journey interesting. Clear communication, and including everyone in my visions has contributed to my journey too.

What was or is your biggest leadership challenge?

My biggest challenge was to find a voice as a woman, with an added challenge of a language barrier, as English is my second language. Being able to express myself through spoken word has helped me to face my challenges with words.

Why we need more women leaders and what difference can women make in terms of gender equality.

We need more women in leadership because it creates equality and diversity. It opens spaces for women’s voices. More importantly, every women should be acknowledged no matter who they are, or the color of their skin, and should be equal in leadership.

What book should every woman inspiring women read?

I feel women themselves are a mystery book yet to be discovered.

Share with us the best advice you have been given.

They best advice I have ever been given was “give people credit when they stand out from the rest”, and “if we want many women to be leaders we need to acknowledge those in power and fill their pen with ink for equality”.

To hear more from Hani Abdile, register to attend the She Leads College Conference now. Make sure to also follow She Leads on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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