Name: Ann Perez Omenye.
Birthday: March 8, 1976
Education: BA Communication
Occupation: Corporate Communications
Please describe your vision of a world that works for everyone.
A world that works for everyone is a world where I see another as they are and not as I would like them to be. A world that works for everyone has no ideals but rather accepts diversity and with this works to build systems that are all inclusive and respects every individual’s uniqueness. My vision of a world that works for everyone is a world where am proudly “me.”
What do you see as the most pressing problems facing the world today?
The most pressing problems in the world today are quite diverse depending on how one is looking at it. From where I stand poverty continues to be one of the most pressing problems worldwide. People still are not able to meet basic needs and survival for the common man continues to be an uphill task. Access to healthcare and where available not being able to access it is certainly again a pressing problem that continues to plague the world in this age and time. Education is still a pressing issue more so in third world countries where proper education still seems to be a privy of those that have the money and can pay for it. The thirst for knowledge goes unquenched world over. Terrorism/Security is indeed a serious problem world over. Lives continue to be lost at the hands of terrorists and people live in fear and Governments continue to spend and apportion huge budgets to curb the insecurity to no avail. Food or rather the lack of it is a pressing problem yet to be dealt with. Families continue to die from hunger every year.
How do you feel these problems could best be solved?
Every problem is solved once we are able to all see it as a problem and acknowledge it. These pressing world problems will not be solved by Governments or political leaders but rather when the people, you and I, take them as our problems, own them and decide to do something about them. These pressing problems will only cease to be problems when we stop looking at them as problems but as challenges….challenges that we must rise above. Challenges that are not impossible to solve. It begins with each individual taking their position knowing and understanding their role. Through education, more so knowledge transfer, most of these problems can be solved. People dedicated to learning from one another, sharing and developing skills can together work towards eradicating most if not all the issues currently facing the world. It is all about looking through the glass and visualizing a where each individual respects the other and takes care of the other; we share resources. We need leaders with vision. Leaders who like Rafiki the monkey says in Disney’s “Lion King.” “Look beyond what they see.” Leaders who are able to go past their own selfish wants for power. Leaders who understand and have the skills to run Governments, countries professionally…with knowledge and not just self imposed power or “given power.”
Over the years I have come to learn that, “when you truly know what you want and care about yourself enough to know that you want it, only then will you be able to truly find yourself….even in the ashes of life I have always found my heartbeat.
I am a believer in miracles. I believe that if you want something bad enough you will eventually find it or get it no matter how long it takes. Quoting George Bernard Shaw, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” I am who I am today because I made my circumstances.
I am a Corporate Communications professional and have been employed for the last 13 years. I have had the opportunity to work in my home country Kenya and in neighboring Uganda and Tanzania. I grew up in Mombasa but currently live in Nairobi. I have dreams, just like everyone I suppose, I have unfulfilled dreams, they are not your typical big dreams but yes, they are dreams still. What I truly want out of life I am yet to achieve. Right now I work because I have to earn a living, I enjoy my job and profession, for sure, but what I would ideally love to be is a motivational speaker, a writer, inspiring lives, listen to people talk, learn from them and bring balance where needed. I long for a time when through my work I can impact individual lives, make a difference in people’s lives as myself and not a corporate professional. I have often been criticized for being unrealistic but I believe in possibilities, anything is possible under the sun.
The hot weather in Nairobi right now (February 2013) reminds me of a desert I am yet to visit and only visualize in my dreams…a desert that though bare has the occasional pool of water, or perhaps a mirage, signifying hope, there is a promise, a future. Everything is as we see it. Either we see a desert or see the desert and the occasional piece of hope. I am passionate about giving people hope. Giving people the promise of better things to come. It is never over until we decide it’s over. I have been privileged to visit countries on the African continent and the United States and as many differences as you find so do you see similarities, more so in the people. Everybody is searching, looking for answers for one thing or the other. My goal in life is to provide information. Information that empowers in an easy to understand, creative and memorable manner or form to people who need it most. Information that they can relate to and basically information that propels change.
I am a worker and a learner, every day I continue to learn from those that I work with. I have led teams and know that it takes more than titles of “boss”, “madam” “sir” to get things done. Team work and concerted effort has propelled me to where I am today. A leader, a servant leader.
I am blessed with a wonderful family that has taught me what unconditional love and commitment means. I now know that home is not a place but rather a feeling. I love reading all genres and swimming is my all time favorite sport. I am never sure if swimming is a sport or not. I am independent, yet a team player, conservative yet open to new ideas, a go- getter who also knows where to draw the line. Last but not least I thrive when faced with challenges. I have seen my best work come forth at my lowest moments. I am proudly me with no regrets.
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The New Dynamics of Winning
The Law of Attraction
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People