As part of our series on living and working abroad, I have a fascinating conversation with an American working in South Africa’s corporate sector. Herman Warren has been a consultant, entrepreneur, and corporate executive in Johannesburg for the past 20 years and has never looked back. On the first interview in our series “The International Professional,” Herman and I discuss navigating the cultural landscape in South Africa, what “maybe” means in corporate negotiations, and how to build a rich and meaningful life in your adopted country.
For the fourth and final episode in our series “The International Professional,” I talk with attorney, human rights leader, and social entrepreneur Kim Robinson, president of Renaissance Strategic Solutions, an advisory firm which helps bridge relationships between the U.S. and Africa. Though bullish on business opportunities on the continent, Kim gets candid about the regulatory, financial, and cultural challenges to launching a small business in Africa. Our conversation is about being a witness to history, taking a non-linear path in your career, and getting comfortable with ambiguity.
In our third episode in our Protégé Podcast series “The International Professional,” I talk with United States Foreign Service Officer Kali Jones. Kali and I discuss how she’s hosted a radio show on safe sex in Madagascar, helped wounded Haitians get medical attention after an earthquake, and helped identify the remains of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam. It’s an episode about representing the best of American values abroad, finding your professional tribe and, ultimately, finding yourself.
In the second episode of our Protégé Podcast series “The International Professional,” I have a lively and insightful conversation with Donielle Johnson, who leads regulatory affairs for Johnson & Johnson in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada. Donielle reveals the salary premium she commands as an international executive, what European work/life balance means, and why recruiters can’t stop calling her, even at 3 am.
This week on Protégé Podcast, we continue our conversations with executives who’ve had international experience in their careers. Lisa Opoku is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs. She’s worked as a tax attorney, a business development executive at a high flying startup, and COO in the securities division at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. In addition to being one of the top African American women in finance in the world, Lisa is also a mother and a humanitarian. Lisa shares wisdom and insight about leading a global team of engineers, the benefit of international experience, and why it’s important to beat your boss to work each day.
How international is your career? Would you accept an international assignment at your current job? Corey Rosemond is the Global Marketing Director at Plantronics, a leading company in the tech and online gaming sectors. On this week’s Protege Podcast, we discuss diversity in the gaming sector and the pros and cons of working internationally. Whether it’s an ex pat assignment or managing clients and/or a team outside of the U.S., international experience can add richness and dimension to your career.